Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

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:: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things ::
:: 1972 :: Bob Clark ::

Acting: 5
Anxiety: 5
Atmosphere: 6
Movie Watched: 10
Appropriate Grossness: 9
Production: 6
Recommended: 7
Scares: 6
Story: 5
Unpredictable: 5

Total: 64

This was a super fun movie, and I have a lot to say about it, but I’m going to keep it short. First of all, part of a reason I loved it so much was the atmosphere I was in - SMC co-founder Katie and I went to Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia to see this played on a blow up projector, and the film was hosted by Rodney Anonymous of the Dead Milkmen. His introduction was funny and informative, and the movie was actually really weird and great. This was DEFINITELY the direct influence for the Evil Dead series, so if you like those movies, watch this. You’ll recognize…well, almost everything about that movie. Synopsis: an eccentric (and eccentrically dressed - we heard that the actor and costume department hated each other so much that they picked out terrible clothing for him) director and his hired film crew take a boat to a remote, disused island cemetery in order to attempt to raise the dead on film - to fantastic results! This movie is also very quotable. Here was my favorite exchange:

“But we have to respect the dead.”
“Why? The dead are losers!”

P.S. Directed by Bob Clark, the director of…A Christmas Story?