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Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
Reviewed by Oct 24th, 2002

No matter what you say about this movie, a lot of people are going to disagree. This a love or hate movie, no doubt about it. Strangely enough, it’s rated PG! It leaves out the obligatory nudity, swearing, and gratuitous gore, and leaves us with a simple and rather goofy zombie tale. A lot of people say this is a Night of the Living Dead ripoff; I say it’s not. Definitely influenced by it, but few modern zombie movies aren’t! The obvious difference is this: in NOLD, nobody knew why the dead were coming back to life. It wasn’t their fault, they were just trying to survive. In CSPWDT (it’s even a long title when you abbreviate it!), they actively try to raise the dead, and accidentally succeed.

Which brings me to the acting. This is probably why a lot of people feel strongly one way or the other. All the acting is gleefully over-the-top. And that’s what I liked about it, it kept me interested. Alan (Alan Ormsby) was believable as the controlling megalomaniac, and Anya Ormsby was a great wacko. A lot of people dis the effects, but considering the budget I thought they were very effective. The lighting evoked the mood well also. Orville, the corpse the troupe dug up, is probably one of my all time favorite zombies. He doesn’t do much but lie around most of the time, but let’s just say everybody gets what’s coming to them for disrespecting the dead. This movie has some very funny moments without making it a comedy, and has many serious moments as well. It also has one of the best endings I’ve seen in a long time.

The bottom line is, if you can stand some camp with your zombies, this may be for you. At any rate, it’s an interesting movie that makes good use of the limited resources available to the filmmakers.

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