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The Beach Girls and the Monster (1965)

Unrated | | Horror | September 1965 (USA)
Surfers are being brutally murdered. Is the culprit a sea monster or just one of the teens' jealous parents?


Jon Hall


Joan Gardner (screenplay by), Joan Gardner (based on an original story by)


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Complete credited cast:
Jon Hall ... Dr. Otto Lindsay
Sue Casey Sue Casey ... Vicky Lindsay
Walker Edmiston ... Mark
Elaine DuPont Elaine DuPont ... Jane
Arnold Lessing Arnold Lessing ... Richard Lindsay
Read Morgan ... Sheriff Michaels
Carolyn Williamson Carolyn Williamson ... Sue
Gloria Neil Gloria Neil ... Bunny
Kal Roberts Kal Roberts ... Brad (as Tony Roberts)
Clyde Adler Clyde Adler ... Deputy Scott
Dale Davis Dale Davis ... Tom
Kingsley the Lion Kingsley the Lion ... Kingsley the Lion


A young girl is killed at the beach in Malibu. Professor Otto Lindsay suspects that it is some form of mutated fish. However, his son Richard, who was a good friend of the girl, thinks that it is a madman who has a grudge against Richard and his friends. Soon the list of victims grows to include one of Rich's surfing buddies, Rich's bitchy stepmother Vicky and his friend Mark who was crippled in an auto accident. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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The score for The Beach Girls and the Monster was arranged and conducted by Chuck Sagle, and a few of the musicians assembled for the soundtrack were members of the surf band The Hustlers (who are known for their songs "Kopout," "Inertia" and "Wailin' Out") from Riverside, California. In the book, Pop Surf Culture, written by Brian Chidester and Domenic Priore, the soundtrack of The Beach Girls and the Monster "has got to rank up there among the best, no fewer than 13 different sections of full-bore, deep-reverb tank surf instrumentals throb the soundtrack." See more »


When Richard explores the drainage pipe, he has no flashlight as he enters. While he is in there he does have one in his hand and when he exits the pipe, the flashlight vanishes from his hand. See more »


Vicky Lindsay: Is that any way to talk to your stepmother?
Richard Lindsay: Stepmother. You're not fit to be anyone's mother.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits for the theatrical release as THE BEACH GIRLS AND THE MONSTER, we hear a vocal version of "Dance Baby, Dance", and see mostly the beach girls dancing along with one quick shot of the monster. During the opening credits for the American International Television release as MONSTER FROM THE SURF, we hear an instrumental version of "Dance, Baby, Dance", and see only surfing footage. Other than the title, the credits themselves are otherwise identical. See more »


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Seen on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater in 1968
15 April 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Completed in April 1964, "Surf Terror" had to wait over a year before finally being issued under the more exploitive title "The Beach Girls and the Monster," quickly making its way to TV screens under still another, "Monster from the Surf" (this version featuring about 7-8 minutes of added footage). Former matinée idol Jon Hall, remembered for "The Hurricane," "Invisible Agent," "The Invisible Man's Revenge," and numerous camp vehicles opposite Maria Montez, stars in his final screen appearance, doubling as both director and cinematographer. Following on the heels of Del Tenney's better known "The Horror of Party Beach," both films' reliance on black and white contrast with the sun drenched colors of AIP's 'Beach Party' series. After a nice opening murder done by the titular monster from a cave, the film quickly bogs down with the silly beach antics of the teens, the lowest (or highest) camp moment coming when 'Kingsley the Lion' does his rendition of "There's a Monster in the Surf," joined by super cutie Elaine Dupont, courageously squealing with abandon. The domestic drama finds Richard Lindsay (Arnold Lessing) losing interest in following in his father's footsteps after a car crash that cripples his artist friend (Walker Edmiston). His disapproving father, eminent oceanographer Dr. Otto Lindsay (Jon Hall), suggests that the marauding creature may be an African fantigua fish, which he says is capable of walking on land, and can grow to 100 lbs. Otto believes that those harmless teens are capable of murder, while his wife of five years (Sue Casey) rejects him while flirting outrageously with all the other males around, even her stepson Richard. Judging by these events, the twisted climax is perfectly fitting, almost apologizing for the lame monster suit. Hall still looked fit and trim just seven years earlier in "Hell Ship Mutiny," here nearly unrecognizable, sluggish and overweight. No great shakes in terms of acting or directing, an almost appropriate conclusion to his career, low brow adventure films and the cheesy series RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE, Hall's one last acting credit a 1965 PERRY MASON (he committed suicide in 1979, suffering from terminal cancer). Vanishing from the airwaves by the 1980s, "Monster from the Surf" made its lone appearance on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater June 29 1968, followed by second feature "The Magnetic Monster."

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