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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Steve's Church-Less Movie Of The Week ...



Yoinked from badmovieplanet.com and the almighty wikipedia ...


"The Horror of Party Beach (working title Invasion of the Zombies) is a 1964 horror film in the beach party genre, directed by B-movie maven Del Tenney, which Tenney himself describes as 'a take-off on beach parties and musicals.'


A small U.S. East Coast beach town experiences a wave of attacks from water plants and dead human tissue mutated from radioactive waste. They coalesce into humanoid form by attaching themselves to skeletons in a shipwreck and immediately proceed to hunt down and kill mostly young women, as is common in the horror films of this era. Despite the murders committed by the monsters, young women in large numbers keep returning to the area and having, for instance, slumber parties, much to the monster's convenience. Trying to stop the monsters are scientist Dr. Gavin, his young-adult daughter Elaine, and her boyfriend (and his employee) Hank Green, with some unexpected assistance from housekeeper Eulabelle and metallic sodium.




Capitalizing on a gimmick first utilized by director William Castle, some newspaper advertisements included a call-out that stated 'For your protection! We will not permit you to see these shockers unless you agree to release the theatre of all responsibility for death by fright!' and theaters were encouraged by the distributor to have patrons sign a 'Fright Release' before they took their seats.


For the longest time, The Horror of Party Beach was only available in a severely truncated version, a version where almost eight minutes of footage was removed to make it more Standards & Practices friendly when it was packaged and sold off to TV after its theatrical run played out. Even without those missing scenes, the film earned itself a strong cult-following over the years for its bizarre monster and rockin' tunes.


Movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured The Horror of Party Beach in one of its season-8 episodes in 1997.






It was production designer Robert Verberkmoes who came up with the unique look for the mutated zombie fish-men for The Horror of Party Beach, when his first, shambling mass-of-sponges, attempt failed to pass muster with his producer. And it was Verberkmoes who made the fateful decision to stuff the creature's gaping maw with hot-dogs instead of fangs. Cobbled together with patterned scales, glue, ping-pong balls, and the dismembered fingers of several pairs of rubber gloves, once seen, as incredulous as it appears, the ungainly critters do leave a lasting and some would argue, permanent, impression on many a viewer.


Although billed in its promotional material as 'The First Horror Monster Musical' all the songs heard in the film are presented as either soundtrack music or source music, as opposed to the style of a traditional musical with songs sung by central characters of the story. In addition, Ray Dennis Steckler’s The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies made the same claim only a few months earlier, so ha."




Steve's Snacks Of The Week:



Coffee

Pills

Almonds

Chips

Cold Pizza

Super Chocolatey Ice Cream

My Wife's Ample Tits


... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE!


Please, though, a few rules first...


There is absolutely no talking in Steve's Theater and talkers WILL be cyber-slapped in the cyber-balls. No cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. And absolutely NO TEXTING! I am so super serious about that last one.


And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).


Enjoy the show y'all!


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