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The Horror of Party Beach (1964)

Approved | | Horror, Musical | 1 June 1964 (USA)
Sea creatures created from radioactive sludge terrorize a beach community.


Del Tenney


Richard Hilliard (screenplay) (as Richard L. Hilliard), Ronald Gianettino (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
John Lyon John Lyon ... Hank Green (as John Scott)
Alice Lyon ... Elaine Gavin
Allan Laurel Allan Laurel ... Dr. Gavin
Eulabelle Moore Eulabelle Moore ... Eulabelle
Marilyn Clarke Marilyn Clarke ... Tina
Agustin Mayor Agustin Mayor ... Mike
Damon Kebroyd Damon Kebroyd ... Lt. Wells
Munroe Wade Munroe Wade ... TV Announcer (as Monroe Wade)
Carol Grubman Carol Grubman ... Girl in Car
Dina Harris Dina Harris ... Girl in Car
Emily Laurel Emily Laurel ... Girl in Car
Sharon Murphy Sharon Murphy ... 1st Girl
Diane Prizio Diane Prizio ... 2nd Girl
The Del-Aires The Del-Aires ... Vocal Group
Charter Oaks M.C. Charter Oaks M.C. ... Motorcycle Gang


While the hot-rodders and motorcyclists are having a rock-and-roll beach party, a barrel of radioactive material is unloaded from a passing ship, plunges to the bottom, and splits against a jagged rock. A black liquid oozes out and covers a shapeless mass on the ocean floor, which suddenly moves and becomes an encrusted vicious monster. Soon there are several monsters who must have human blood to survive. Tina is the first victim, and football hero Hank Green and airhead Elaine Gavin enlist the aid of her science-professor father, Dr. Gavin, to find and capture the killer. Not working fast enough to prevent the attack on 20 teenagers at a slumber party or the killing of three girl motorists, Dr. Gavin finds an arm lost by one of the monsters and discovers that only sodium will destroy the monsters, whose composition is mostly water. Can they gather enough salt in southern California to put an end to this horror? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Horrifying!!! Teenage slumber party attacked by demons from the dead! See more »


Horror | Musical


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Did You Know?


One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »


When Elaine goes down to the water at Fingal's Quarry she is carrying only a box that contains the Geiger counter. When she runs away she is carrying the Geiger counter (without the box) and an attaché-type briefcase. See more »


[Elaine is recovering in bed when Hank wakes her]
Elaine Gavin: Hank!
Hank Green: Hello, darling. How's the leg?
Elaine Gavin: Oh, it's much better.
Hank Green: I just saw your father, and he's been burned badly but he'll be fine.
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Alternate Versions

All TV prints and at least one old VHS release have the more gory scenes cut out, most notably shots of the body of the first woman attacked by one of the monsters after it surfaces on the beach shore, and the slumber party massacre, which abruptly stops after the monsters burst inside. There is one old VHS release that does include all the gore intact. See more »


Spoofed in Splatter Beach (2007) See more »


The Zombie Stomp
Written by Wilford L. Holcombe and Zebedy Colt (as Edward Earl)
Performed The Del-Aires
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Bikini beach
4 November 2012 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

Schlockmeister Del Tenney shot most of this Grade Z monster romp on a beach in Stamford, Conn., although the story apparently is set in southern California. Sun worshippers of varying ages are being done in by some mysterious creature from the sea (in this case, Long Island Sound). The monster was created by radioactive waste. In short order, there are two monsters and eventually many. A kindly old scientist races against time to figure out how to kill the critters, which are you basic men in rubber suits. The monsters are so slow-moving, it's amazing they manage to catch anybody. In one scene, a woman runs directly into the arms of one of them, and it still has trouble holding her. Badly acted by what appears to be some New York-based actors and lots of extras, and it's not the least bit scary. The fun part is to observe the early '60s hairdos and outfits. Some of the guys sport tiny, tight bathing shorts and wiggle and gyrate like they are participating in a gay parade. The girls' bikinis for the most part appear to be bra tops and diapers. A Beach Boys-type group wails its way through a half-dozen terrible songs throughout. As for the monsters, they have googly eyes and what appears to be a bunch of Hummel hot dogs wedged in their large, perpetually open moths, the better to drink human blood, I guess. Watch it for its camp value.

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1 June 1964 (USA) See more »

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Invasion of the Zombies See more »


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$120,000 (estimated)
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