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Schlock (1973)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saul Kahan ...
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Joseph Piantadosi ...
Mindy Binerman (as Eliza Garrett)
Tom Alvich ...
Torn Cop
Walter Levine ...
Police Thief
Harriet Medin ...
Mrs. Blinerman (as Enrica Blankey)
Eric Allison ...
Joe Putzman
Charles Villiers ...
Ralph Baker ...
Dying Man
John Chambers ...
National Guard Captain
Gene Fox ...
Richard Gillis ...
Officer Gillis
Forrest J Ackerman ...
Man in cinema
Susan Weiser ...


A monkey-type monster falls in love with a blind girl, which thinks that he's a giant dog. After kidnapping the girl and fleeing king-kong-like onto the roof of a gym, he gets involved with the army. Written by Markus Lasermann <>

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The first musical monster movie in years. See more »


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi


PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 March 1976 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Banana Monster  »

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$60,000 (estimated)

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John Landis raised the money to make this movie from family and friends. He originally wanted to make an underground porn movie but abandoned the idea when he found out he would have to work with members of the underworld. See more »


Detective: [surveying a park littered with dead bodies] When I discover who or what is responsible for this... they're gonna be in *big* trouble.
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Spoofs Trog (1970) See more »


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Music by David Gibson
Words by Tonda Marton
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Genuinely funny horror movie parody. Neglected comedy classic
11 September 2000 | by (Australia City) – See all my reviews

John Landis's first movie may be as good as anything he made. "Schlock" falls in neatly with other 'progressive' US comedy movies of the early 70s, which kicked around genre conventions and added a new frankness in language and toilet humour to US film comedy vocabulary. (Others like this were sketch comedy flicks like Landis's "Kentucky Fried Movie"; plus the Mel Brooks and Woody Allen movies of around the same time).

What sets this one apart is its sustained comic atmosphere, which is goofy, laconic and giddy. Set-pieces - like the 2001 parody, the bar scene where the monster 'Schlock' observes a Jose Feliciano-like blind musician playing a piano boogie and ends up joining in, and a very funny scene where the allegedly fearful Schlock goes into a cinema to see a horror movie, and is terrified - all come off perfectly.

Some beautiful bits of background business too - the hippie in the background of the 2001 scene, just ignoring the portentous foreground action while eating his frozen custard is worth a look. This is just a really, really funny film.

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