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Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things

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  • Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
  • AKA:
    Revenge of the Living Dead (1972) (USA: reissue title)
    Zreaks (1972) (USA: working title)
  • Author: Bob Clark and Alan Ormsby
  • Director: Bob Clark
  • Producer: Bob Clark and Gary Goch
  • Year: 1972
  • Country: US
  • 87 minutes

cannibalism, grave robbing

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A group of struggling actors and actresses find themselves on a boat headed for an eerie cemetery/island. The leader of the troupe, Alan, is a tyrannical sort of character who runs his company like a feudal state; he even says as much during the film. This leader has one simple task in which he wishes for his troupe to help him perform: he wants to raise the dead.

When it seems his plan has failed, Ormsby and the gang take a disinterred corpse back to an old abandoned house for a night of bickering. Unbeknownst to our band of thespians, the ritual has succeeded--it just needed a little time to kick in.

One thing leads to another and soon the dead are walking the island and chewing on the living! Now it's up to Alan, his dwindling troupe and his trusty book of spells to find a way to send the dead back to the hell they sprang from.

Qvamp says:

The director is very affected, but asserts his heterosexuality very early in the film. However, he does appear to have 'a thing' for a male corpse. In addition, his two assistants, both dressed as ghouls for the entire film, are fairly openly gay.

At one point, one of the ghouls calls a man a 'bitch' for hitting him. At another, the two ghouls ironically joke about 'going straight'.

The gay characters are very stereotypical and not the best role models. In addition, the movie is filled with enough bad one-liners that made me want to throw furniture. In spite of this, if you are a fan of campy horror, this film shouldn't be missed.

Rating B
Queer Vampire Rating D-
Amount of Gay Content alluded to


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By: Robert Benscoter ( robl@gtemail.net )
Overall Rating: A     Queer horror Rating: B    

The only real scene that has anything queer in it is when the guys jump out from behind the trees to scare their friends. Those are the ones that he has set up to scare the rest of the people. Other than that there is the wedding scene between the main star and the corpse which is not very gay


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