‘The Children‘ is a 1980 horror film that was directed by Max Kalmanowicz.
The movie uses the toxic-gas/nuclear leak playbook to trigger the zombies. A school-bus full of local children drives through a fog caused by a leak from the local power-plant. When they eventually return, the children have transformed into zombies with black fingernails that kill pretty much everyone that they touch by melting them from the inside-out. They start killing the townspeople, and the local sheriff teams up with one of the parents to stop the murder.
This is prime time B-movie insanity that is pretty watchable, and the film enjoyed some success when it was first released.
The soundtrack for The Children has a solid horror pedigree in that it was composed by Harry Manfredini – who is the musical talent behind other horror soundtracks like Friday the 13th (1980), The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985), and House (1986), to name just a few.
Harry Manfredini was born in Chicago in 1943 and has spent his whole life working in music, and to date he has composed the soundtracks for over 100 films.
The soundtrack is a mix of styles in that it features a more conventional orchestrated soundtrack and low key piano pieces for large portions of the film, but then it slaps you round the face with sharp discordant synths and electronic sounds when the action suddenly changes and the scares ramp up. Its effective and disorientating.
Manfredini wrote the soundtrack in the same year as Friday 13th. The soundtrack has yet to be made commercially available.
Watch the trailer for The Children:
Watch ‘The Children’ at The Zombie Site.