Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES ...


THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED UP ZOMBIES (1964). Director: Ray Dennis Steckler.

Jerry (Cash Flagg aka Ray Dennis Steckler) goes to the midway with his friends and encounters a fortune teller (Brett O'Hara) with a huge wart who hypnotizes him as she has others and forces him to commit fiendish knife murders, which are quickly cut, shakily shot, and not exactly on the Psycho level. Eventually all of her "zombies" break out and go on a not-terribly-exciting rampage. All of this is interspersed with many sequences of musical and dancing acts as if it were a beach party movie or one of those variety photoplays of the 40's. (At least half of the picture's running time consists of these acts.) Huntz Hall-lookalike Steckler is not a bad actor, and the film is professional enough in its low-budget way, but it still isn't very good. Steckler seems to have used up every act he could find that was anxious to be in "the movies." There's a sexy "girlie show" dance number at the carnival with a strikingly attractive lead dancer, and handsome young crooner Don Snyder showed promise. But when you appear in a picture like this ...

Verdict: You can live without seeing it. *1/2.

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