Watching this movie again after so many years (almost four decades, in fact; I really can’t believe it’s been that long!) took me back to a completely different world - one I had to leave, but one of which some parts I still vividly remember. And this particular flick has a certain amount of sentimental value, although it could be placed in the ‘Campy Horror 80’s Flicks’ folder.
While watching this again, I only remembered three things about it. 1)This was ‘one of those movies’ that my mom didn’t want me watching, because back in these days it was hard to watch R-rated movies as a juvenile (film ratings were taken pretty seriously by caring parents). 2) I remembered the scene of the kids singing on the bus (at the beginning of the show). 3) I remembered Jeptha Evans (the kid in this who played Paul), because Back Then I had a crush on him for awhile, and his name was very unusual (which helped me to remember it).
I had a school friend named Janet, and I used to talk to her about Jeptha. Both of us were fascinated by his name - it sounds very exotic, or maybe it is Biblical (sounds sort of like Jeremiah, or Malachi). In any case I looked him up in the cast information at the end, but it looks like he didn’t pursue a career in the acting world. He’s got to be around my age, because I remember wearing clothes very similar to what ‘the children’ wore in this movie.
This flick used to be shown on the Star Channel... and Back Then they still hadn’t invented the VCR yet, so you just had to watch it when they played it. And I used to watch it (though my mom worried that I might not have the maturity to understand it which of course sounds funny now!), over and over again. And I developed a pretty intense crush on this Jeptha kid, but eventually I just kind of moved on. Now, after so many years, I got to see this again... and I’m not the most rational person out there, I do have a very sentimental side and so now, I hope Mr. Evans (he’s not a kid anymore!) is alive and well, and I send him a belated, long-ago wish of love for the future.
My memories of (and youthful feelings for) him will forever be sealed inside this old-school horror flick.