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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: VCI8921
  • Format: DVD
  • UPC: 089859892127
  • Street Date: 10/11/22
  • PreBook Date: 09/06/22
  • Label: VCI Entertainment »
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run Time: 87 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1972
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Alan Ormsby
  • Actor: Anya Ormsby
  • Actor: Jane Daly
  • Actor: Jeffrey Gillen
  • Actor: Paul Cronin
  • Actor: Roy Engleman
  • Actor: Robert Philip
  • Actor: Bruce Solomon
  • Actor: Seth Sklarey
  • Actor: Debbie Cummins
  • Director: Benjamin (Bob) Clark


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Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on a deserted island graveyard to use in a mock Satanic ritual, that turns horrifyingly bad!

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The SET-UP: Five young kinky actors and their artistic director come to a desolate and nearly forgotten burial island, complete with a morbid history of MURDER, RAPE, CURSES and DEMONS. Alan (Alan Ormsby), the brilliant but bizarre Director of the company, has brought them to this foreboding place to dabble in witchcraft; specifically to dig up a fresh corpse and use it in a ritual ceremony which is supposed to raise the dead from their graves. The PAY-OFF: It seems as though Alan has really gathered his "children" here, only to play a practical joke on them and then to party the rest of the night away. However, the joke's on Alan. His bizarre ritual ceremony really does raise the dead from their graves...only they're in no mood to party! NOTE: "BENJAMIN" CLARK is really "BOB" CLARK, the creative director behind the hit films PORKY'S, BLACK CHRISTMAS and A CHRISTMAS STORY among others. ALAN ORMSBY, though he turned in what has been described as "...one of the most obnoxious screen performances in history!", has actually made a mark for himself as the screenwriter for such memorable films as MY BODYGUARD, CAT PEOPLE, KARATE KID 3 and PORKY'S 2.


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Bonus Materials

  • New 2022 Video Introduction and Q&A with Alan Ormsby
  • New 2022 – 90-minute Video Documentary DREAMING OF DEATH: Bob Clark’s Horror Films, with many new interviews with cast and crew.
  • Full Commentary Track with Alan Ormsby, Jane Daly and Anya Cronin
  • Memories of Bob Clark: A video tribute to the late Director.
  • The Los Angeles Grindhouse Festival, May 22, 2007 Q&A. A Video filmed in between a double feature showing of CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY… and DEATHDREAM at the Beverly Cinema.
  • Confessions of a Grave Digger: Video Interview with Ken Goch.
  • Extensive Photo & Poster Gallery
  • “Dead Girls Don’t Say No” Music video by The Deadthings
  • “Cemetery Mary” Music video by The Deadthings
  • Original Theatrical Trailer and Radio Spots
  • New Special Liner-Notes Booklet written by Patrick McCabe

Sales Points

  • Directed by Bob Clark (A Christmas Story, Porky's, Black Christmas, Deathdream, Deranged) this film has become a Bonafide cult-classic, beloved by all Horror Fans!
  • Amazon Average Customer Rating: 4.6-stars (out of 5) for a 78% 5-star rating!
  • Loaded with Special Features.
  • For all fans of horror movies like: The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, The Return of the Living Dead
  • New 4K-UHD Restoration from the 35mm archival print.

Press Quotes


     —Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS does convey, nonetheless, an undeniable power in the rising-dead scenes and a genuine mood of unease throughout that most big-budget horror outings fail to capture.

     —TV Guide

4-Stars. While on the funnier side of scary, Bob Clark's grave-robbing classic is a fun late night viewing experience that serves as an overall innocent take on what is now arguable horror's most popular subgenre.

     —Kevin Bechaz, Cinematic Randomness

...the script is quite sharp and witty in places however when the zombies arrive is when this film comes alive... so to speak.

     —Lead Cenobite, Project Deadpost

The zombie's makeup does look good...combined with the loud, distorted noises that take the place of music creates just the right mood for what is happening.

     —Lead Cenobite, Project Deadpost

The birthing scene for the zombies as I'll call it is very Fulci like thinking of Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) though this film predates Fulci by a few years and the ending also has shades of that too.

     —Lead Cenobite, Project Deadpost

If you like zombie films then you should like this. A largely forgotten gem that is of its time and what a time for horror.

     —Lead Cenobite, Project Deadpost

there’s something endearing and effectual about it

     —TIM SALMONS, The Digital Bits


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