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

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Filmed in "Bloody-Vision" and "Hallucinogenic Hypnovision". The latter is merely a spinning black wheel with a white spiral that appears when Madame Estrella hypnotizes her victims.
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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.
There is an unconfirmed report that a very young James Woods was an extra in this film.
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At $38,000, this had the highest production cost of any Ray Dennis Steckler feature.
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Readers of Roger Ebert's "Movie Answer Man" column selected this movie as having the funniest title of all time.
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Some screenings had theater employees and the film's director Steckler himself wore monster masks and ran through the theaters to scare patrons.
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All of the musical numbers were filmed in one day.
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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.
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The carnival sequence was shot at The Pike, an amusement park which operated on the beach in Long Beach, California from 1930 until 1968. The Cyclone Racer was the roller coaster.
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Joan Howard, who played Angie's mother, was also the makeup artist.
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Two members of the camera crew would go on to become A-list directors of photography: camera operator Vilmos Zsigmond (Deliverance (1972), an Academy Award for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), The Deer Hunter (1978)), and assistant cameraman László Kovács (Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Ghostbusters (1984). It was Kovács' first film credit.
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Ray Dennis Steckler's face is used for the bizarre transformation sequence in the opening credits.
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Star Carolyn Brandt was married to director Ray Dennis Steckler at the time.
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Jerry's apartment scenes were shot in Ray Dennis Steckler's house.
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Bonita Jade 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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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 ending on the beach was supposed to be shot day-for-night. Ray Dennis Steckler disliked the results, so the ending was left as it was shot, in daylight.
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Studio filming was done in the abandoned Masonic Temple in Glendale, CA, owned by Rock Hudson.
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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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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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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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Brett O'Hara who plays Madame Estrella was Susan Hayward's usual stand-in.
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The film was panned by critics many declaring it to be the worst film ever made.
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Director Steckler used his own family car for the scenes where Jerry is driving in a station wagon.
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Estrella is Spanish for star.
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It is the first Monster Musical, beating out The Horror of Party Beach (1964) by a month.
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Named the worst film of all time in The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004).
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Cameo 

George J. Morgan: one of the producers played Estrella's pre-credits victim.
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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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