|The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies|
|Riffed by||Mystery Science Theater 3000|
|Riffers||Mike Nelson, Tom Servo played by Kevin Murphy, Crow T. Robot played by Bill Corbett|
|Date Released||June 14, 1997|
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (sometimes "!!?" is appended to the title) is a 1964 American monster movie written and directed by Ray Dennis Steckler. Steckler also starred in the film, billed under the pseudonym "Cash Flagg". Upon release, the film was widely panned and is regarded by some critics as being one of the worst movies ever made.
In the film, three friends visit a carnival and stumble into a group of occultists and disfigured monsters. Produced on a $38,000 budget, much of it takes place at The Pike amusement park in Long Beach, California, which resembles Brooklyn's Coney Island. The film was billed as the first "monster musical", beating out The Horror of Party Beach by a mere month in release date.
Synopsis and PreviewEditJerry (Steckler as "Flagg"), his girlfriend Angela (Sharon Walsh), and his buddy Harold (Atlas King) head out for a day at the carnival. In one venue, a dance number is performed by Marge (Carolyn Brandt), an alcoholic who drinks before and between shows, and her partner, Bill Ward, for a small audience. There Jerry sees stripper Carmelita (Erina Enyo) who hypnotizes him with her icy stare and he is compelled to see her act. Carmelita is the young sister of powerful fortune-teller Estrella (Brett O'Hara), and Estrella turns Jerry into a zombie by hypnotizing him with a spiraling wheel. He then goes on a rampage, killing Marge and fatally wounding Bill. Later, Jerry attempts to strangle his girlfriend Angela as well. It develops that Estrella, with her henchman Ortega (Jack Brady), has been busy turning various patrons into zombies, apparently by throwing acid on their faces.
Interspersed through the film are several song-and-dance production numbers in the carnival's nightclub, with songs like "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" and "Shook out of Shape". The titular zombies only make an appearance in the final act, where they escape and immediately kill Estrella, Carmelita, Ortega and several performers before being shot by police. Jerry, himself partially disfigured but not a zombie, escapes the carnival and is pursued to the shoreline, where the police shoot him dead in front of Angela and Harold.
Cast and CrewEdit
- Ray Dennis Steckler as Jerry (as Cash Flagg)
- Carolyn Brandt as Marge Neilson
- Brett O'Hara as Madame Estrella
- Atlas King as Harold
- Sharon Walsh as Angela
- Pat Kirkwood as Madison
- Erina Enyo as Carmelita
- Don Russell as Ortega
- Toni Camel as Stella
- Joan Howard as Angela's Mother
- Neil Stillman as Barker
- William Turner as Himself
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