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The Children

Released 1980
Distributor World Northal

Max Kalmanowicz’s low budget shocker about zombified children wreaking havoc on a small New England town at least borrows from the best – the kids are transformed by a toxic chemical cloud a la The Incredible Shrinking Man. These kids don’t shrink but instead wander the streets with dark eyes and blackened fingernails zapping adults and other random passersby. Given its low-rent ambiance it was not greeted kindly by critics but it lives on thanks to the early eighties home video boom.

About Mike Mendez

A native to Los Angeles, Mike Mendez was in the backyard making movies since the age of 10. At the age of 22, Mike made his first feature film Killers, which was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. He followed that up with the horror comedy The Convent, which was also accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. In 2002, he produced a documentary for Universal Television and Showtime entitled Masters of Horror, featuring interviews with some of the genre's most legendary filmmakers. In 2006, Mike's film The Gravedancers premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released in theaters nationally as part of the first After Dark Films as part of 8 Films To Die For. After working on short films for X-box and working on television show's such as Beavis & Butthead, Mike’s next film, Big Ass Spider! in 2013 premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. It also won the Saturn Award that year for best limited release film. The latest batch of work includes the horror anthology, Tales of Halloween of which he served as a producer and as one of the directors. Mike also helmed the 2015 television movie, Lavalantula for Syfy channel Mike just completed production on his latest feature Don’t Kill It starring Dolph Lundgren. It is set to premiere in 2017.