The Children

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Don Murray and John Derek collaborated on this terribly pretentious, totally inept, and unintentionally hilarious attempt at a horror film. The story concerns a busload of little kids who are accidentally turned radioactive. The kids immediately become zombies (identified as such by their telltale black fingernails), and turn their parents into piles of...read more

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Don Murray and John Derek collaborated on this terribly pretentious, totally inept, and unintentionally hilarious attempt at a horror film. The story concerns a busload of little kids who are accidentally turned radioactive. The kids immediately become zombies (identified as such by their

telltale black fingernails), and turn their parents into piles of smoldering embers with a mere hug. As it turns out, the only way to stop these kids is to cut off their hands--which plays as funny as it sounds. Obviously made by individuals committed to social change, THE CHILDREN evokes a

catalog of modern social ills--from unsafe nuclear power to selfish, inattentive parents--in an attempt to be relevant. In the end, a woman gives birth to a black-fingernailed baby, a rather fanciful stab at setting up a sequel. Derek's penchant for casting his love interest of the time in his

films, begun in 1967 when he starred Ursula Andress in ONCE BEFORE I DIE, continued here with his use of then wife Linda Evans in a starring role. Mercifully he gave up film directing for awhile after this effort, only to return in the 1980s with three wretched efforts (FANTASIES and TARZAN THE

APE MAN, both 1981, and BOLERO in 1984) starring his new find, Bo Derek.

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