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The Children (1980)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 June 1980 (USA)
A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.

Director:

Max Kalmanowicz

Writers:

Carlton J. Albright (screenplay), Edward Terry (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Shakar ... John Freemont
Gil Rogers ... Sheriff Billy Hart
Gale Garnett ... Cathy Freemont
Shannon Bolin ... Molly
Tracy Griswold ... Deputy Harry Timmons
Joy Glaccum ... Suzie MacKenzie
Jeptha Evans ... Paul MacKenzie
Clara Evans ... Jenny Freemont
Sarah Albright ... Ellen Chandler
Nathanael Albright ... Tommy Button
Julie Carrier Julie Carrier ... Janet Shore
Michelle La Mothe Michelle La Mothe ... Dr. Joyce Gould (as Michelle LeMothe)
Edward Terry ... Hank
Peter Maloney ... Frank
Jessie Abrams Jessie Abrams ... Clarkie Freemont
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Storyline

A busload of children has disappeared from the quiet New England town of Ravensback, and Sheriff Billy Hart is on the case. A short while later, he manages to track down the kids, but unfortunately they seem to have been transformed into murderous zombies by a cloud of radioactive gas. How can he stop the killer tykes before they destroy the town? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

Something terrifying has happened to the children... pray you never meet them! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children of Ravensback See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Albright Films Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer/producer Carlton J. Albright's kids, Sarah Albright and Nathanael Albright, are cast in this movie as Ellen and Tommy, respectively. See more »

Goofs

Clarkie is not heard screaming when he dies by Paul's hands. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Joyce Gould: I want you to take a couple of codeines and rest.
[Leslie stares at the bottle and ignores Joyce]
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Crazy Credits

No music is played over the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Vinegar Syndrome release of this film features an additional scene set in a diner in which the sheriff speaks to a waitress at said diner. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Cult-horror classic with soon to be famous horror soundtrack from another horror film
15 October 2002 | by badgirlkaneSee all my reviews

I saw The Children when I was 6 years old at a drive-in in Mississippi and at the age of six it scared the hell out of me.Watching it twenty-years later it's one of the funniest "I'm trying to be scary horror film"The best part is the soundtrack is the same one used in another horror classic released that same year "Friday the 13th" Watchable but only to those you love pure cheese in their horror films.


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