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The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964)

Not Rated | | Horror | 10 February 1964 (USA)
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Jerry falls in love with a stripper he meets at a carnival. Little does he know that she is the sister of a gypsy fortune teller whose predictions he had scoffed at earlier. The gypsy turns him into a zombie and he goes on a killing spree.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Dennis Steckler ...
Jerry (as Cash Flagg)
Brett O'Hara ...
Atlas King ...
Harold
Sharon Walsh ...
Angela
Pat Kirkwood ...
Madison (as Madison Clarke)
Erina Enyo ...
Carmelita
Toni Camel ...
Stella
Don Russell ...
Ortega (as Jack Brady)
William Turner ...
Himself (as Bill Ward)
Steve Clark ...
2nd Policeman (as Steve Clarke)
Neil Stillman ...
Barker
Joan Howard ...
Angela's Mother
...
Hobo
Gene Pollock ...
Night Club Manager
Son Hooker ...
1st Policeman
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Beatnick Jerry takes his girl, Angie to the carnival. Angie wants to go see the gypsy fortune teller, Jerry does not but relents. After visiting the fortune teller and hearing bad news, Jerry goes alone to see Carmelita, the dancer (the fortune teller's sister). He is invited backstage and is mesmerized into becoming a psychotic killer. Angie, and Jerry's best friend Harold realize something is amiss when Jerry tries to kill Angie. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572aol.com>

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10 February 1964 (USA)  »

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$38,000 (estimated)
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The original title was "The Incredibly Strange Creature: Or Why I Stopped Living and Became a Mixed-up Zombie." Columbia Pictures threatened to sue writer/director/star Ray Dennis Steckler, accusing the title of being too similar to their upcoming Stanley Kubrick film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Steckler, amazed that Columbia would feel so threatened by a $38,000 film, phoned the studio to straighten things out. He made no progress until he demanded that Kubrick get on the line. When Kubrick picked up, Steckler suggested the new title, Kubrick accepted, and the matter was dropped. See more »

Goofs

The big wart on Madame Estrella's face keeps moving. Sometimes it's right next to her lip, other times it's below it, other times it's an inch or two above it and to the right. See more »

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Madame Estrella: Look at the beautiful, speening wheel. See how it speens!
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Performed by Carol Kaye
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Comedy horror sf musical 11 years before Rocky Horror
23 June 2012 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I watched many movies in my teens, most of which I have no memory beyond a name or vague story plot. This movie, in addition to its title, created movie history in a lot of ways. I have to go to Rocky Horror to find an equivalent for several of these (combining horror, sf, comedy in a musical). I still remember the stark, anguished photography, the meaningless actions, the hopelessness so dark it could only be comedy. One review captured this, describing it as "lunar purity". I wasn't surprised to learn that one of the camera operators, Vilmos Zsigmond, went on to win an Academy Award for Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Note that this review is written at least 40 years after I saw the film.


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