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½ May 15, 2016
Absolutely boring yackathon (seriously) with great title is saved by the seriously awesome last half hour, where the zombies come to life and then everything shits the fan.
½ December 2, 2015
i only saw it because it was from bob clark who did black christmas and christmas story, but this is waaaaaay below those 2, it looks like a student film, the story is stupid, tho maybe with better writing and acting the premise could have worked.the zombies dont even show up until the final 20 mins too, dont waste your time
½ October 6, 2015
The last half hour is well worth your time. Then after doing that a few times you realize that you actually do like this movie.
June 17, 2015
A dumb and pointless story, awful screenplay, bad acting, a pretty bad directing make this less than worth watching. Fans of camp and of bad movies may find it more enjoyable than I did. The scenery in the graveyard is a rather impressive gothic setting; for fans of classic art direction that alone may be worth watching part of this film.
May 25, 2015
If ever there was a flm that left viewers perplexed, it was Bob Clark's Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things. It's an extremely up-and-down, disjointed affair that probably shouldn't work. At all... on any level. As a whole, it's a little on the preposterous side, but we'll get into the details shortly. Because there's more to this picture than lunacy and outlandish randomness. There's a very odd chill to the feature. It has some seriously creepy imagery that just might leave you unsettled, and the sound is great. In fact, if there's any one single thing this movie gets really correct, it's the sound.

The story makes absolutely zero sense. A group of filmmakers head out to an island where a graveyard rests. Why they're there is sketchy as all hell. Apparently the idea is to resurrect the dead. But no one is making an attempt to set gear up, which combats the idea that these jokers are raising the dead in order to create intense cinema. Yet the subject of filmmaking and employment as an actor/crew member is constantly thrown about during the picture. Anyhow, once on the island, Alan, the director and owner of the unnamed production company, gets down to some goofy, goofy business. He's apparently rigged the whole thing so that when the crew arrive on the island, a few of his other employees are prepped to pop up and generate some bogus scares. Why the hell he has two buddies dressed up as zombies is beyond me, especially given the fact that he plans to dig a body up to make his little seance a reality. The body is indeed yanked from its cramped sleeping quarters, something of a seance takes place and eventually, the dead do rise from the earth, slaughtering the film crew.

It's hard to believe that the great Bob Clark (he's credited in the film as Benjamin Clark, probably in the hopes that no one realized it was actually him in charge of this muddled mess) had anything to do with this production. Seriously, it's hard to soak up the fact that the guy behind this one is the same guy behind the legendary Black Christmas. Sure it looks great, and rather authentic, and yes, the sound is exceptional, but holy hell, the script ranks amongst the worst ever written. Seriously. The dialogue is so horrendous (you know it's bad when you start to feel a sense of embarrassment for the actors involved) you'll find yourself scratching your head, shaking that noggin and attempting to fend off a growing sense of nausea in the pit of the belly. Almost every last word uttered in the film is cringe worthy, and Alan in particular, drops some lines that are bound to make you hate humanity. The fact that he refers to his co-workers - all 20-somethings - as children is completely baffling, and horribly, horribly grating on the nerves. And that's really only one small bone to be picked in what amounts to a damn ossuary. There is no clear direction to the film, there are no endearing characters (Paul and Terry are the closest thing to likable you'll find, so you can bet they're among the first to be devoured by the film's ghouls), no spin or grand revelation. Even the pacing stinks.

The most interesting aspect of this film is the fact that somehow, through all the terrible, it carries some awkward charm. Believe it or not I enjoy the film. But I also recognize it for what it truly is, which is flat out terrible. This simply is not a good film. It's the polar opposite. And still, if you're anything like me, you just might find yourself glued to the TV. Can visuals and sound alone make that happen? Apparently so. Is there anything to the cast that wins over the heart of the viewer? Probably not (Jane Daly is damn sexy though, I must confess). This is just one of those really rare, really bad, and really weird films that in some unidentifiable way, works... at least a little bit.

-Addicted to Horror Movies
April 6, 2015
It takes a while for the dead to rise, but the dialog between the living keeps this movie entertaining. It's nothing scientific - just fun!
Super Reviewer
April 6, 2015
A group of film students went on a trip to an island filled with dead people to film their film. Being the rowdy hippies they are they disturbed the sacred cemetery and with their mock ritual, the dead became alive to haunt them.

Essentially a Night of the Living Dead rip off, with laughably bad dialogues and terribly cheap special effects. No wonder the dead got angry, no one could stand these gosh darn hippies anyway.
½ November 26, 2014
A slow plot with terrible acting, but an early film for some great horror directors (Black Christmas etc). Some cool zombies at the end.
October 25, 2014
Pee-yoo! I get that it is intentionally schlocky, but blech! Why didn't someone kill Alan the Director (the character) the moment he opened his mouth? Nope. Definitely *not* so bad it's good.
October 24, 2014
so bad its just bad not good
½ July 25, 2014
Probably holds some cult value but its poor grade of film, acting and generally weird rather than wonderfully weird plot doesn't cut it.
March 22, 2014
It's as if the Scooby Gang gatecrashed their way into a really bad Romero rip off - the only thing that's scary is the sense of fashion
½ March 10, 2014
This is a campy movie, and should not be taken too seriously so you can appreciate it more. It actually is quite kinky, as when the lead male character is in bed with a dead guy and seems to be horny (yeah, you're reading this correctly). I first saw it as a kid and it was kinda scary when the ghouls attack. I just purchased the film recently and still enjoyed watching it just for it's laughability.
½ February 14, 2014
boring havent even finished watching it and Im rating it badly
December 8, 2013
The atmosphere of the oldie was great and the Music was creepy. I first caught this in the 80's and it thrilled. Having watched it again recently it doesn't quite holdup with all of the latest zombie flicks since. But it's a fun little zombie flick from the 70's
September 1, 2013
Hopeless, boring horror from Bob Clark of Black Christmas and Deathdream fame. Sadly, this is utter rubbish for the first hour then a pretty decent copy of Night of the Living Dead.
August 5, 2013
For an unexplained reason, a pretentious acting troupe decides to stage a resurrection ritual on a cemetery isle that's reputed to be haunted. To the surprise of everyone except the audience, this witchcraft results in a horde of undead cannibals that attack anyone they can get their fetid clutches upon. The micro-budget of this B-Movie does allow for some passable zombie mayhem, but viewers won't get to that until the final third of the film. Until then, they're asked to endure a horrible script, hammy acting, shitty lighting, a plodding pace, and subpar production values. Director Bob Clark would later shoot successful films like Porkys and A Christmas Story, but this obnoxious Romero clone is an unmistakable turd.
June 25, 2013
From the director of Porky's, A Christmas Story, and Baby Geniuses comes this early effort that may or may not be a spoof of zombie flicks. If it isn't a spoof, immediately deduct one star.
½ June 10, 2013
It takes a while for the dead to rise, but the dialog between the living keeps this movie entertaining. It's nothing scientific - just fun!
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