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THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES (1964) ***

This is undeniably Ray Dennis Steckler’s masterpiece. It’s a nutty horror musical that deserves it’s cult following. The plot has Jerry (Steckler using his usual pseudonym Cash Flagg) taking his best girl and foreign friend to a carnival where he falls for one of the strippers. She lures him into the booth where her sister the fortune teller hypnotizes Jerry, splashes acid in his face and turns him into a murderous zombie. In the end, her pit full of zombies escapes and cause carnage at the carnival.

This is all well and good but to pad the running time, Steckler haphazardly tosses in some awful musical and dancing numbers (one including a tribal dance) that have nothing to do with anything. The best scenes are the ones in which Steckler (who kinda resembles Nicolas Cage) gets hypnotized with a trippy spinning wheel and goofy sound effects. The protracted chase on the beach finale doesn’t do it any favors either, but there is enough general goofiness to keep you entertained. Besides with a title like that what’s not to like?

Steckler’s usual cohorts Carolyn Brandt and Titus Moody also have small roles. Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond were the cinematographers. Steckler did The Thrill Killers next.

AKA: Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary.
Tags: cult, horror, i, mst3k, musical, zombie
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