Director: Bob Clark
The legacy of the late Bob Clark is a bizarre one. To many, he'll forever be remembered as the director behind the 1982's raunchfest Porky' s and for giving the world those immortals words of "You'll shoot your eye out, kid," in his 1983 holiday classic A Christmas Story. Yet, before he stepped into the comedy world, Clark was breaking ground within the horror genre, most notably with 1974's Black Christmas (one of the most influential slasher movies hardly anyone ever credits).
Even though it didn't change the game in any way, Clark's first horror effort, the $70,000 zombie horror-comedy Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things holds up to this day as that rare breed of funny/scary movie: When it's trying to make you laugh, it actually does so, and when it's time to get down to the business of creeping you out, it's surprisingly unnerving. The sneaky terror surfaces in the film's climax, in which the characters realize that their playful summoning of the undead has been successful, and the once-sleeping corpses are entirely humorless.