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

Trivia

It is believed that James Woods was an extra in this film.
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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.
At $38,000, this had the highest production cost of any of Ray Dennis Steckler's features.
Readers of Roger Ebert's "Movie Answer Man" column selected this movie as having the funniest title of all time.
When this movie was released, employees of the theaters would dress as monsters and run through the theaters.
All of the musical numbers were filmed in one day.
George Morgan, one of the film's investors, played the drunk man who Madame Estrella poisons in the opening scene.
Director Ray Dennis Steckler had the dancing girls in an early scene chew gum as they danced, hoping it would distract from their bad footwork.
The carnival sequence was shot at The Pike, a now-defunct amusement park on the beach in Long Beach, CA. The Cyclone Racer was the roller coaster.
Ray Dennis Steckler's face is used for the bizarre transformation sequence in the opening credits.
Star Carolyn Brandt was married to director Ray Dennis Steckler at the time.
Jerry's apartment scenes were shot in Ray Dennis Steckler's house.
Filmed in "Bloody-Vision", and "Hallucinogenic Hypnovision". The latter was a spinning black wheel with a white spiral on it. It appears when Madame Estrella hypnotizes her victims.
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Marge Neilson's dressing room has a poster on the wall, to the left of the mirror. The poster is for Wild Guitar (1962) which Ray Dennis Steckler directed 2 years earlier.
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'Bonita Jade (I)' was originally cast as Angie. She backed out the night of Angie's first scene, so Ray Dennis Steckler quickly picked dancer Sharon Walsh to replace her. If you look closely, you can see Walsh dancing in the musical numbers.
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Joan Howard, who played Angie's mother, was also the makeup artist.
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Neil Stillman was a mailman for the business where the sets were built. One day, as he delivered mail during filming, Ray Dennis Steckler asked him to play the Barker.
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The minor characters often played numerous bit parts.
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According to director Ray Dennis Steckler the film's original title was 'Face of Evil'.
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Dancer Bill Ward played Jerry in the weird dream sequence because of the elaborate dancing in the scene. His face was painted, so it wasn't obvious that it wasn't Ray Dennis Steckler.
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The apartment used for Stella's house belonged to camera operator Vilmos Zsigmond.
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Writer Robert Silliphant played one of the zombies.
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The ending on the beach was supposed to be shot day-for-night. Steckler disliked the results, so the ending was left as it was shot, in daylight.
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Film maker Ray Dennis Steckler re-released this film several times with different titles, such as "The Incredibly Mixed-Up Zombie", "Diabolical Dr. Voodoo" and "The Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary".
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

A dummy was used for the scene where Jerry falls from the cliff, at the end of the film. The dummy was filmed falling from the cliff, but it was so obviously fake that Ray Dennis Steckler decided not to use the footage.
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