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tv's Spatch
« on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

Amazing. I thought I was the only person who was genuinely freaked out by this film when I was younger. I remember seeing it on the USA Network's weekend creature feature show ("Commander USA's Groovy Movies") and, yes, not being able to sleep for a very very very long time after that.  I sat through Motel Hell just fine as a young'un, but The Children genuinely scared me witless.  Nice job, that.
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2001, 05:56:22 PM »

The movie scared me when I was a kid as well, saw it on the big screen, on a double with Terror Train.  Oh how I lament the loss of low budget schlock in the theater - the one and only drawback to home video.
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

i saw this movie when i was little, and i remember explicitly that in the tv guide, it described a "strange yellow cloud."  because i used exactly that phrase to convince my parents that i should see it.  well i did see it, and i was so SORRY!  but i was like, 6, so i was mostly sorry because it scared me.  don't laugh, it was 20 years ago!  but i was So scared, and the gotcha ending made me cry  i think it was the first time i had ever seen such a movie, and i was so scarred and trumatized for life, that i can't stop watching them now.  *wonders where she can rent this lil gem*
David Fullam
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

For better or worse, I really miss the days of the regional, low budget, independant Horror film. Something is seriously wrong when you can't see great bad movies like this one on the big screen anymore. The same film makers would reunite years later to make "Luther the Geek," another weird little film. Lets hope that both get a DVD release one day, it's been too long since I have seen either.  
Steve Bentley
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

I have to agree with both of the above...this movie scared the daylights out of me when I was a kid, and I, too, lament the passing of the drive-in/regional horror film.  I don't know about a dvd release, but I believe you can rent this turkey at most any rentrak store (these are often the mom & pop neighborhood stores that Blockbuster and Hollywood keep putting out of business).  It seems to be a requirement that they have either this, or a movie called RETURN OF THE ALIENS - DEADLY SPAWN, which by the way is another must-see!  I wasn't aware that these were the same folks who made LUTHER, though...Thanks for adding to my store of hopelessly useless bad movie trivia.  One day I'm gonna right a book...
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

Interesting bit of trivia: Cathy, the pregnant mom, is played by Gale Garnett, who voiced the babelicious Francesca in Mad Monster Party, and also inflicted the rather goopy popsong "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" upon the world...
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

A great movie. I was working as a projectionist at the drive-in in the summer of 1980 and got to run this for a week of showings. I saw this again recently and noticed all the homosexual/lesbian content. It's obvious Dr. Gould is a raging dyke what with her piano playing partner and her obvious distaste for men, in this case the sheriff. Also note the 2 gay guys stopped at the roadblock and wanting to pass through into ravensback. I hear this will be coming out on DVD soon.
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2001, 03:26:07 PM »

I like this movie it is cool. How five kids turn into unemotional zombies who trick you into hugging them so they can kill you! Their evil eyes and pale complexions and black fingernails with the burning edge are scary. There should have been another boy. They killed the kids off too fast. This movie was in 1980, 2 years before I was born.
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

I remember when this movie first came out and just the advertisement scared me!  I think it was back in January of 1981 that it appeared on cable on Showtime's After Hours.  Seeing it today one would find it hard to believe that it would be considered a movie that cable would only show at night, but then again that was back in the early 80's.  But I did not see it until years later when it was on USA and edited for television.  I actually remember having a nightmare before I even saw it!  My nightmare was actually scarier then the movie!!  If anyone knows if this movie can be downloaded off the internet, please let me know.  I would like to get a copy of it.  I have checked a few video stores and no one seems to have it.  Overall, even though this movie may seem cheesy today, it sure did scare the hell out of me as a kid!  Maybe one of these days we will see a remake of the film or even a sequel.
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

This movie scared the royal bejeebers out of me when I was a kid.  I think it was because I never saw the whole roasted-alive thing coming.  I figured at worst the little brats pull out a butcher knife or something.  That and the child in the dress just has the most freaky "I'm enjoying your death immensely" look on her face.  Anyhow, I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one who saw this movie.  Whenever I mention it to my friends, like I get reactions like "Oh, you mean Children of the Corn?"  Great stuff.  I wonder what ever happened to the kids.  Nothing about any further film careers on IMDB.
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

This movie scared the s**t out of me when I was a kid, I could not sleep alone for an entire summer, after this.  Yet I am so compeled to watch this as many times as I can.  It is campy, low budget, and seminally effective in it's subtle approach. (even the movie poster is creepy).  Maybe one day we will see a DVD release with some behind the bad lighting footage, or where are they now stuff.   Another gem from 1980 is The Burning.  I recommend both.
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

It's good to know that I wasn't the only kid scared to death of this flick!  This one messed me up bad... this and Dawn of the Dead.  It also p**sed me off that nobody else knew what I was talking about, nobody seemed to know of this damn movie for years.  "Oh, you mean Children of the Corn???" they would say... hell no, this was worse. (But that one scared me, too)

Years later I was lucky enough to have someone from the internet dub me a copy.  I made my wife watch it and she thought it was cheesy.  I guess it kind of was after being grown up and looking at it again, but I was still afraid anyway.  In fact, I'm going to watch it tomorrow (it's been 5 years since I watched it last).  

PS: it looks like has it for $10 now... cool.
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

Amazing. You know, you think your'e the only person who sees these movies, huh? I saw The Children several times when I was a kid and I found it pretty damn creepy. The fingernails perhaps?
Anyway it was my mom who picked this little gem up for us to watch, and it's something we all still remeber fondly. I think it creeped my mom out the most (no wonder). Anyhoo, this is highly reccomended - and so is Don't Look In The Basement - another one  my mom got for us as kids. Gawd bless 'er.
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

This movie freaked me out as a kid. I watched it with my mom, she was into all these scary movies. I never remembered the name of the movie, when I did a search, I typed in the things I remembered, toxic cloud, black fingernails, 80's movie. Sure enough I got this site. Thank God there are others out there, I've only met one other person who knew about this movie, and they did not remember the name either! Just the black fingernails....thanks guys.
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2002, 06:59:05 AM »

This is my favourite film of all time and i am not ashamed to admit it.I have been searching for a copy for 8 years because in the uk it is very rare and luckily i found it on and won the auction.I think It is very scary the first time you see it I had nightmares for days but once you have seen it 5 or 6 times it doesnt seem scary but it is brilliant I have a large collection of videos all rare well most and this is my favourite.
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