Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1972)

CHILDREN is years ahead of its time, and it must be seen to believe. A group of thespians attempt a Satanic ritual in a graveyard in a comic attempt to raise the dead, but their trespasses don't go unpunished as the corpses return to life to seek revenge. Director Bob Clark of BLACK CHRISTMAS fame brings us this awesome low-budget effort, which starts off with a very light and silly, but quickly descends into a terrifying and bloody zombie shocker. The purposefully over-the-top acting and dialogue may turn many fans away initially, but it can be truly appreciated for its dark humor and pure camp value on repeated viewings. Once the evil spell is cast, the living dead that befall our motley group of heroes are completely unlike any other zombies in the genre, with make-up and costumes of all different shapes and designs. For the year it was made and the budget, the FX are very impressive, with many creepy zombies and no lack of blood and gore. The only thing more surprising than the zombies are the societal taboos that are obliterated in the film. It touches on everything from black magic, to homosexuality, and as far as necrophilia, all in a film shortly following NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Though the pacing may be inhibiting for first time viewers, this one is absolutely worth sitting through, and it demands repeat viewing for full effect. I love this film, it comes highly recommended and is a must-see zombie flick!

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 9/10.
Gore: 6/10.

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  1. Ah, thanks for the great review. One of my favorite zombie movies. I have always had a soft spot for this one....thanks for putting into words what I new in my mind to be true.

    I do agree that the dark side of this film is what has kept me watching for repeated views.