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The Children

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  •  USA  •    •  93m  •    •  Directed by: Max Kalmanowicz.  •  Starring: Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers, Gale Garnett, Shannon Bolin, Tracy Griswold, Joy Glaccum, Jeptha Evans, Clara Evans, Sarah Albright, Nathanael Albright, Julie Carrier, Michelle La Mothe, Edward Terry.  •  Music by: Harry Manfredini.
       A busload of children has disappeared from the quiet New England town of Ravensback, and Sheriff Billy Hart is on the case. A short while later, he manages to track down the kids, but unfortunately they seem to have been transformed into murderous zombies by a cloud of radioactive gas. How can he stop the killer tykes before they destroy the town?

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This is a classic Troma movie, so bad you can't help but watch it. With soundtrack taken from Friday the 13th and a ton of cheap special effects it makes you at first assume it's not worth the trouble to view. But it's not too bad and not a total waste of time.

It starts out at a chemical factory of some sort; two nimrod employees are thinking more about going to the bar than doing their job. Without noticing, they let loose a cloud of yellow gas that drifts towards an unsuspecting New England town, and this gas has no effect on adults but somehow gives children the ability to nuke people just by touching them. A town sheriff starts searching for a group of the kids that vanished from a bus on the way back from school, and we meet the parents of these kids, including a heavily medicated lesbian couple, a famous model who has a pimp and frequently gets stoned with her husband, and an average couple, a cop and his pregnant wife, both of whom have another kid, named Clarkie. It isn't long before the sheriff discovers the murder victims, some of whom include a guard dog, a kid's teenage sister and the missing bus driver. Soon he teams up with the couple to stop the strange mutant children before it's too late.

Well, one thing can be said for it, at least for the factory they used a real factory and not stock footage the way some horror films do. The acting of the kids wasn't too bad; they pulled off some extremely creepy faces at times, and it's not that bad of a movie. If you want something fun to watch, this is a good one.


Review by gasmaskproductionsbooks from the Internet Movie Database.