Monday, November 30, 2015

VCI Entertainment To Release A Blu-ray Edition Of Writer/Director Bob Clark's Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things On Feb. 23

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
VCI Entertainment has tabbed Feb. 23 for a Blu-ray edition of writer/director Bob Clark’s (aka: Benjamin Clark — Black Christmas, A Christmas Story, Porky’s, etc.) 1972 dead-shall-rise indie horror gem, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things.

Alan Ormsby stars as Alan (he also co-wrote the script), the over-the-top leader of a would-be thespian troupe looking for something fun — and deranged — to do.   We should mention that it is Alan who is looking for “something fun,” as the rest of his entourage simply are along for the ride — he’s a bully and you either go along with Alan’s musings or leave the troupe (which, as things develop, would be a blessing).

Since this is a horror film — a horror film that has over the years achieved a certain degree of cult status — we know that Alan’s much put-upon acting troupe (with includes his wife Anya Ormsby) are nothing more than the “victim pool.”   He’s going to raise the dead — in this case, Orville Dunworth (Seth Sklarey) — and they, his actors, are going to be his audience whether they like it or not.   It’s all great fun for him!

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
His little soiree out to the creepy island is actually an elaborate joke (pay close attention to the opening credit sequence), but for Alan it’s a joke gone too far as things go horribly wrong and the dead actually do rise and a zombie plague is upon them! 

Bonus features include commentary from Alan Ormsby and actors Jane Daly and Anya Cronin, the featurette titled “Memories of Bob Clark,” a video session with Bob Clark’s long-time film collaborator, Ken Goch, that is titled “Confessions of a Grave Digger” (Goch set up the graveyard for the film) and a pair of music videos from The Deadthings — “Dead Girls Don’t Say No” and “Cemetery Mary.”

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

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