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The Hidan of Maukbeiangjow (1973)

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1970s spoof of American New Wave films, featuring a criminal couple on the run encountering a UFO cult.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Rush ...
Ele Grigsby ...
David Roster ...
Frederick 'Freddie Fingers' Fenzer, Jr.
Paul Lenzi ...
Frederick 'Junior' Fenzer, Jr.
Charles Rubin ...
Hugh Smith ...
Sam Trowel
Harlo Cayse ...
Carla Rueckert ...
Ruthie (as Ellen Tripp)
Ruth Horn ...
Bunny / Rosebush
Pepper Thurston ...
Dodd Harris III ...
James Rueckert ...
Harold Thom ...
Bicycle Bob
McCain Jeeves ...
Barbara Jones ...
Motel maid


This is the story of two apprentices who know more than their mentors. One is Kasper, who discovers the Hidan of Maukbeiangjow, to where six girls have been abducted. He is apprentice to Sam Trowel, whom Fred refers to as "private pig," an independent investigator who gets his mission information through a time-delay self-destruct tape (that is a parody of Mission: Impossible). The other is Prudence, a Christian spiritualist who is an apprentice to a wizard named Aph. Aph has had the impudence to use vodoun rituals to possess corpses with demonic earth spirits, or the spirits of extraterrestrials summoned from the Red Star galaxy. Fred and Junior tie up Prudence and a zombified girl named Rosebush while an alien learning to use the body of Ruthie, one of Trowel's operatives, keeps Kasper tied up while she guards whom she calls "the Prudence." The first alien brought by Aph eventually takes Trowel's body. He is intent to use Fred's safe-cracking skills to destroy evidence of his ... Written by Scott Andrew Hutchins <>

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According to Carla Rueckert, he word "hidan" refers to a "high place" or "holy place". Maukbeiangjow is the name of the holy place in the film, though Hugh Smith remembers Maukbeiangjow being the name of a demon. See more »


Spoofs Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

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Essential Lee Jones
25 February 2001 | by ( – See all my reviews

If you want to understand the work of Lee Jones, "Invasion of the Girl Snatchers" is widely considered the best place to start your studies. Jones, with a little help from his friend Don Davison, also brought us "Shanty Town Honeymoon," "Moonshiner's Woman," and "Supervan."

Incidentally, some of Jones' alternate titles are quite worthy of Drive-In Academy Awards, such as "Hillbilly Hookers," "Little Whorehouse On The Prairie," et al.

"Invasion" was made around the same time as William Girdler's "Three on a Meathook." In fact, "Invasion" borrows some of the "Meathook's" sets and locations. Many members of the Louisville-based crew on "Invasion" were Girdler alumni, including Hugh Smith and Bub Asman.

"Invasion of the Girl Snatchers" hasn't been available on video since the late 80's, which is a crime. Keep your fingers crossed for a re-release sometime in the future!

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