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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Psychotronic Movie of the Week: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1964)

United States

Produced and Directed by Ray Dennis Steckler

Michael J. Weldon wrote, in The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film:

"The first monster musical!" claimed the ads. At a Long Beach amusement park, Madame Estrella, the gypsy fortuneteller, hypnotizes patrons, throws acid in their faces, and collects the now ugly monsters in her basement. Ortega the hunchback and Carmelita the stripper help. Hero Cash Flagg (the director) visits the gypsy and is turned into a zombie in a hooded sweatshirt! The monsters break loose during an incredible dance number and kill everyone in sight until the police arrive. Hear "The Mixed Up Zombie Stomp"! See the "1001 weirdest scenes ever!" "Not for sissies!" When the film was reissued, actors wearing the same horror masks used in the movie "crashed out of the screen to invade the audience and abduct girls from their seats!" At least that's how the ads described it. Filmed in Bloody Vision. Look for this unbelievably well-photographed oddity with Carolyn Brandt (the director's wife), Atlas King, and a hypnotic umbrella! Vilmos Zigmond was the cinematographer.

1 Comment:

Steve said...

R. D. Steckler's movies are mind-boggling.
I have a clutch of his hardcore outings on VHS (One I can recommend is "Triple Play", in which a supplicating religious door-to-door female is converted to the other side - which we view.). In my synopses, I mentioned that I felt any number of people, including those in the audience that night, could provide a more satisfying erotic motion picture. But that was insufficient for not showing it, because most people would not otherwise learn that R. D. Steckler lensed explicit motion pictures.
Astonishingly, it seems Vinegar Syndrome has scrounged the rights to R. D. Steckler's hardcore shoots, and is reissuing them with its superlative restoration efforts. With my above reservations noted, you should take a look at them.