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The Hidan of Maukbeiangjow (1973)

| Comedy, Crime, Horror
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 ...
Big Girl
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 <scottandrewh@home.com>

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The topless scenes were intended to be played by Pepper Thurston, but she refused at the last minute, and since the investors insisted the film contain nudity, writer Carla Rueckert performed the scenes under a pseudonym. They were the first scenes shot. See more »


Spoofs Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

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muddled, meandering mess
9 May 2001 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

You know, of all the cheap 70s movies out there, most have something that redeems them from being utterly unworthy of remembrance. Maybe it's erratic editing, crummy dubbing, pretentious or unintentionally stupid dialogue("This is where the fish live," from THE TOUCH OF SATAN springs to mind), cheap special effects, or (especially)overacting. INVASION OF THE GIRL SNATCHERS really has none of these. This low budget exercise in tedium concerns the employees of some government agency trying to run a sting operation to catch some crooks and instead running into some extraterrestrials who want to possess people's minds ala INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS . . . I think. The action takes place in and around a run-down motel and an old house, with a mostly amateur cast. As this film nears its conclusion(mercifully)the head E.T. guy performs some sort of Black Mass/alien induction ceremony, pausing to lift up his ceremonial robe and take a key out of his jeans pocket--one of the few unintentional flubs in the movie I could spot. Oh, there is something to watch in lieu of a coherent plot: a blonde chick the fed guys were going to use as a decoy for the crooks gets possessed by the E.T.s about a third of the way through her time on screen. The outer space being gets curious about the earth body it has inhabited, and for the rest of her time on screen the actress runs around topless! It's almost as if the filmmakers were giving us a consolation prize! Still, I'd take THREE ON A MEATHOOK over this anyday. At least the lengthy exposition in that film keeps you occupied!

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