Tag Archive: Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1973)


Round 1 was a great success–thanks to all who voted!–and the results are in: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Christine, She-Devils on Wheels, and Grizzly are all moving on, while Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Amityville Horror, Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, and Rattlers are done for this year.  Here are the official results:

Classic 50s Horror/Sci-Fi

  • Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)–8 votes (57%)
  • Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)–6 votes (43%)

80s Horror, or Close Enough

  • Christine (1983)–9 votes (69%)
  • The Amityville Horror (1979)–4 votes (31%)

Schlock on Wheels

  • She-Devils on Wheels (1968)–7 votes (78%)
  • Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1989)–2 votes (22%)

Animals On the Loose

  • Grizzly (1976)–9 votes (90%)
  • Rattlers (1976)–1 vote (10%)

Here are the next four contests–my schedule only allows me to do about four matches a week.  As I said on Twitter a bit ago, this is only going to get harder as we go on. . .

Battle of Crazy 70s Cult Leaders!

Here we get two similarly-themed films, with cult leaders led by sadists! Horace Bones v. Alan Ormsby!

I Drink Your Blood (1970)

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1973)

A Troma Classic v. Vengeful Christmas Trees

One’s a classic Troma, another is destined to be a classic (but not from Troma).

The Toxic Avenger (1984)

Treevenge (2008)–full movie (it’s a 16-ish minute short, featuring a Cannibal Holocaust soundtrack!)

Horror: 1960s v. 1970s

Battle of the best horror decades! The 1960s and 1970s.  This is where things get tough.

Black Sunday (1960)–a very good intro sequence for its time.

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

Sci-Fi: 1950s v. 1960s

Two great classics a decade apart–which monsters will you choose?

Them (1954)

Godzilla vs. The Thing (1964)–The original frenemies!

As with last time, I’ll allow a week to vote, and we’ll get into round three roughly this time next week!

Here, Mrs. I Love Terrible Movies and I put together a fun little 32-team bracket featuring bad guys/monsters/villains of horror and exploitation films I’ve seen in the past year or so.  In case you forgot who’s who, I’ve embedded the film trailers below.

Tweet me or comment on this post by a week from today (1 April) for your faves to advance to the Sweet 16.

Yeah, yeah, I know this is going to finish up well after “March Madness” will–sue me.

Klaatu vs. Gill-Man

From Outer Space … A Warning and an Ultimatum

Clawing Monster From A Lost Age strikes from the Amazon’s forbidden depths!

Asa Vajda vs. Dr. Phibes

The Undead Demons of Hell Terrorize the World in an Orgy of Stark Horror!

There are two sides to Dr. Phibes…..both of them EVIL!

Jaws Ripoff-a-Thon!

They’re waiting to slither you!

18 Feet of Man-Eating Terror!

The Man vs. Fuad Ramses

She Escaped Death. Now It Wants Her Back!

A Weird, Grisly Ancient Rite Horrendously Brought To Life In Blood Color!

 John Carpenter Face Off!

Man is The Warmest Place to Hide

It is night. It is cold. It is coming.

Birds vs. Lepuses

…And remember, the next scream you hear could be your own!

How many eyes does horror have? How many times will terror strike?

Mothra vs. Them!

SEE the armies of the world destroyed! SEE the BIRTH of the world’s most terrifying monster! SEE the war of the GIANTS!

A horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants clawing out of the earth from mile-deep catacombs!

Jeff Morrow Slapfest!

PLANET ROBBER TRAMPLES EARTH…STEALING ENERGY FOR OTHER WORLDS!

Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!

Cars vs. Houses!

Body by Plymouth. Soul by Satan.

Houses Don’t Have Memories

Battle of the Nihlistic Cult Leaders!

Let it be known, sons and daughters, that Satan was an acid head.

You’re Invited To Orville’s “Coming-Out” Party…It’ll Be A Scream…YOURS!!!

Recent Zero-Budgets!

Why did the eagles and vultures attack?

Gobble, Gobble, Motherfucker!

The Devil You Say?

The beauty of woman, the demon of darkness, the unholy union of “The Devil’s Bride”

Somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. The world of darkness.

Vampire Madness!

His bite was outta sight!

It will cost you sweat and tears, and perhaps… a little blood.

Badass Bitches!

The most dreaded Nazi of them all!

Russ Meyer’s ode to the violence in women

Treevenge vs. Troma

The first Super-Hero… from New Jersey!

Badass Biker Babes!

They’re Looking for a Few Good Men.

See! Female Hellcats Ruling Their Men With Tire-Irons As Their Instruments Of Passion!

The Last 5 Films I’ve Seen #1

When I started this blog, I promised myself to not let this become yet another movie review blog.  There are some great review blogs out there, and I doubt I can add much to individual films that people would want to read.  Especially when folks like DaveShah and the folks at Anti-Film School are already doing some great reviews, among others.  Besides, I’m such an optimist that I’d probably give everything a good review anyway.

However, I did want to keep a record of what I’m watching, and maybe make a short statement on each.  There’s no theme to these: some I found refs to from Twitter, some from podcasts I listen to, and some from browsing on YouTube, which is among my favorite place to find and watch movies.

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La Horde (2009)

French zombie flick.  Downside: no explanation for the zombie apocalypse; upside: being a vigilante cop meting out justice in the drug and gang infested projects when that apocalypse hits.  There’s a good review here, and I agree: this film has some good over-the-top comic book action sequences, and breaks zombie conventions with abandon, and in a very intense angry way.  I dug it, but some thought it’s all been done before and better.

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Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1973) 

Low budget zombie film, reminds me in some respects of I Drink Your Blood in that a small band of counter-culture types end up in trouble in a rural spot.  CSPWDT came out just a year or two after IDYB, so one might see there may be some IDYB influence here.

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Tourist Trap (1979)

Even though this film borrows heavily from the plot of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)and at least one of the crew worked on that–this stands the test of time as something of a lost classic by the team that would later bring us Puppet Master (1989).  I always thought this movie is what when gets if one were to think of a slasher set in The House On the Rock, a similar sort of tourist trap in southern Wisconsin.

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Angels Hard As They Come (1971)

Outlaw biker exploitation film that is notable for being written by Jonathan Demme, and featuring Scott Glenn and Gary Busey early in their careers.  Well acted by Glenn and Charles Dierkorp as the main antagonist; this is a pretty decent genre film, although it plays as well as a Western as it does an outlaw biker exploitation one, right down to the abandoned desert town this one is set in.

Slave GirlsSlave Girls From Beyond Infinity (1987)

Gawdy sexploitation fun that could only come from 1987, but is quite tame by today’s standards.  Loosely based on “The Most Dangerous Game,” a 1924 short story that is one of the most famous in the annals of American literature that has been put to film at least once a decade from the 1930s through the 1980s, according to one account,  At any rate, this film has higher production values than one would expect (minus the visible mic stand in one shot, ahem) and is just a lot of schlocky fun, with boobies, which is the point, isn’t it?