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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)




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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Did You Know?


According to the trailer for the film, the dancing girls seen in the movie are "The Watusi Dancing Girls" from Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go club on Sunset Boulevard. See more »


When Otto escapes the police, he is driving Jane's M.G., but when he drives off the cliff it is a different model. 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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Surprised to see this one make it to DVD
26 May 2004 | by mcdamstenSee all my reviews

For years I've had the TV version (Monster From The Surf) on VHS off of TV. Despite it's shortcomings, I watch it once in a while. Maybe it's the surfish soundtrack (nice minor key whammy-bar during the monster scenes); I've added the opening credits theme to my surf guitar repetoire. I also enjoyed the character Mark, the sculptor,(Walker Edmiston's finest moment?) who really digs the surf crowd (rather vacuous and dull in this movie) but can't seem to connect with them. I wonder if Frank Sinatra Jr. really composed the music. I also wonder if Jon Hall actually got in the monster suit. I doubt it. For his sake I hope not as the performance of the monster was awful. Note how after 'brutally murdering' the 1st victim he makes sure not to drop her on the ground hard. Anyhow I was surprised to see this on DVD but didn't think it deserved the price it was selling for. Later I found it used and happily picked it up. No outtakes or commentary (I doubt there's a huge public outcry) but some good liner notes about the cast & movie. *1/2 out of *****

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