Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
Directed by Bob Clark

Starring Alan Ormsby Anya Ormsby Jeff Gillen Valerie Mamches

One of the earlier and better films to imitate George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead."

A group of actors go to a small island and enact a mock ceremony to raise the dead. Unfortunately for them, the ceremony works. The dead rise and devour several of the thespian interlopers and force the surviving members to take refuge in an isolated house.

Despite some bad attempts at black comedy, this low-budget effort has some good scary moments. Some hammy acting and hilarious seventies clothes styles may bring some chuckles.

Florida-based director Bob Clark would go on to direct another solid low-budget horror film "Deathdream," the seminal slasher film "Black Christmas" as well as the 1980s exploitation hit "Porky's." Actor/co-producer Alan Ormsby ("Cat People," The Substitute) is an active screenwriter to this day.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore


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