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Something Weird
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Lust and Passion Surround the Incredible, Supernatural Worlds of E.S.P. & Witchcraft in a Boiling, Bizarre Tale of Mad Love that Sgocks Even the Unearthly! See more »
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An accident victim makes a deal with a particularly hideous witch, in which he receives extraordinary ESP powers. He uses these powers to help the police solve crimes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Tony McCabe ... Cronin 'Mitch' Mitchell
Elizabeth Lee ... Ellen Parker
William Brooker ... Dr. Alex Jordan
Mudite Arums ... The Hag
Ted Heil ... Det. Maddox
Lawrence J. Aberwood ... Chief Vinton (as Lawrence Wood)
Larry Wellington ... Rev. Ammond
Roy Collodi ... Dr. Roxin
Jeffrey Allen ... Dr. White
Richard Nilsson ... EMT Doctor
Carolyn Smith ... Nurse Browning
Norm Lenet ... Stein
Louis Newman ... Ambulance Attendant
Dick Gaffield ... Drunkard at Restaurant
Janet Charlton ... Secretary
Lee Ahsmann ... Photographer
Daniel Carrington ... Man in Bar
Roger Papsch ... Man in Bar
Elizabeth Galloway ... Palm Reader Customer
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Narrator (voice) (as Sheldon Seymour)
Vickie Wolfe ... Murder Victim
Stan Dale ... Government Official
William Petan ... Lawyer
Semaj Yelruh ... Newspaper Editor
George Cohon ... Banker
Peg Stewart ... Vinton's Wife
Kathleen Koenig ... The Ghost (as Kathy Koenig)
Joseph Adamik ... Policeman
Richard Donning ... Jordan's Karate Partner
Daniel Milano ... Matre d'Hotel
Jacque Dayton
Janet Granata
Helen Bridget

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Herschell Gordon Lewis 
 
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James F. Hurley 

Produced by
James F. Hurley .... producer
Fred M. Sandy .... associate producer (as Fred Sandy)
 
Original Music by
Edward J. Petan 
 
Cinematography by
Herschell Gordon Lewis 
Andy Romanoff 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Brinkman 
 
Makeup Department
Allison Louise Downe .... special makeup effects artist (as Louise Downe)
Jack Mastro .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
William Petan .... unit manager
Andy Romanoff .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Guy Galloway .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Collodi .... assistant camera
Walter Fuessl .... gaffer
Louis Weiner .... electrician
 
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Bobby Vercruse .... crew chief (as Robert Vercruse)
 

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Included as one of Elvira's "Something Weird" collection (seen on Comcast On Demand Oct. 2006).See more »
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »

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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Something Incredibly Incoherent, 26 August 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

I definitely won't question the accuracy of this movie's title. It's weird, all right. I daresay extremely weird even for the usual standards of director Herschell Gordon Lewis, but it's also an unbelievably incoherent film that jumps from one incompetently plotted storyline onto the other and blends themes that simply don't belong together, like witches and serial killers…or E.S.P, karate-fighting and virulently attacking blankets (that's right!). As weird as it may sound, some of the basic story ideas featuring in "Something Weird" definitely have some potential, they're just elaborated poorly and unimaginatively. The main character is Cronin Mitchell. Since he got electrocuted at his job, he developed an impressive sixth sense, the so-called Extra Sensory Perception. His face also was severely mutilated in the accident and he hides it behind a veil whilst he receives customers to predict their futures. One day he's visited by an old witch who offers to restore his handsome manly face in exchange for unconditional love. Mitchell accepts, mainly because the witch takes on the face and body of a ravishing blond goddess most of the time. Meanwhile, the police are hunting a relentless serial killer who already murdered seven women and they call for Mitchell's psychic powers to help. Karate-fighting, womanizing and LSD-using doctor Alex Jordan has to test how powerful Mitchell's E.S.P is, but he quickly falls in love with the ravishing blond goddess … who actually is a hideous witch. Anyone still paying attention to the plot? Didn't think so… The idea of processing aspects like E.S.P into his film is very ambitious for a H.G. Lewis exploit-production, but he simply lacks the talent to use it properly. Personally, I'm a huge admirer of Lewis' repertoire, but that's mainly because his most famous titles are the pioneers of splatter and gore flicks! Films like "Two Thousand Maniacs" and "Blood Feast" didn't necessarily require solid screenplays, because the copious amounts of gore and bloodshed were always able to distract you. "Something Weird" doesn't feature any gore and therefore it's so much easier to point out the weaknesses and – without the delicious gore – it's also much harder to overlook them. The acting performances are atrocious, the editing seems to be done by a 5-year-old and the use of monotonous jazzy sounds rapidly gets very upsetting. The make-up on Mudite Arums (the hag) is hilariously unconvincing, particularly because only her face looks old whilst the legs are still quite foxy. The aforementioned blanket-attack and the infamous LSD-trip scene are two prime examples of why this movie is called "Something Weird". However, the title was inventive enough to become the name and logo of one of the coolest video distributing companies ever, so at least Lewis minor misfire spawned at least something positive as well.

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