Saturday, May 21, 2016

Raising the Dead and Other Party Tricks, or Thoughts on Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things

Alan Ormsby, creator of the 70’s cult toy Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces starred in Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1972), a hippie zombie movie with a microscopic budget of $50,000.  He plays a vicious and power-mad theater director who brings his merry band of players to an isolated island that just happens to have an old abandoned cabin with an adjacent graveyard.  He resurrects the zombies the old fashioned way, with ritual incantations from a grimoire.  That’s about all you get for a plot, and really, what more do you need?
Although the movie was released in 1972, the vibe is definitely 1968/Summer of Love complete with bellbottoms and a groovy attitude.  I would say the movie has an almost goofy sensibility if the cast didn’t take themselves so seriously.  Think Night of the Living Dead meets The Monkees, with a dash of Helter Skelter.

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