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Schlock (1973)

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A small town is terrorized by "The Banana Killer", which turns out to be the missing link between man and ape.

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John Landis

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John Landis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Landis ... Schlock
Saul Kahan Saul Kahan ... Detective Sgt. Wino
Joseph Piantadosi Joseph Piantadosi ... Ivan
Richard Gillis ... Officer Gillis
Tom Alvich Tom Alvich ... Torn Cop
Walter Levine Walter Levine ... Police Thief
Eric Allison Eric Allison ... Joe Putzman
Ralph Baker Ralph Baker ... Dying Man
Gene Fox Gene Fox ... Billy
Susan Weiser-Finley Susan Weiser-Finley ... Betty (as Susan Weiser)
Jonathan Flint Jonathan Flint ... Bobby (as Jonathan A. Flint)
Amy Schireson Amy Schireson ... Barbara
Belinda Folsey Belinda Folsey ... Goria
Emile Hamaty Emile Hamaty ... Professor Shlibovitz (as E.G. Harty)
Harriet Medin ... Mrs. Blinerman (as Enrica Blankey)
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Storyline

A monkey-type monster falls in love with a blind girl, which thinks that he's a giant dog. After kidnapping the girl and fleeing king-kong-like onto the roof of a gym, he gets involved with the army. Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Banana Monster See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Gazotskie Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Being knowledgeable about films that featured men dressed as gorilla's, John Landis approached several actors who had played notable gorilla parts in the past for the part of Schlock. But they all asked too much money, so he ended up playing the part himself. See more »

Quotes

National Guard Captain: [Schlock has kidnapped Mindy and is holding her in his arms] All right, men, let him have it!
Cal: No, hold it! You can't shoot while that thing's got Mindy!
National Guard Captain: Why not?
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Baby Schlock as Itself See more »

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Features Dinosaurus! (1960) See more »

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Thus Sprack Gazotskie
Words and Music by David Gibson
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The Funniest Movie I Ever Saw
31 May 2005 | by barkingchimpSee all my reviews

*WARNING: MORE THAN ANY OTHER MOVIE THAT COMES TO MIND, THIS IS A TRUE CULT MOVIE! WATCHING IT COULD CAUSE DANGEROUS NEW THOUGHTS IN YOUR HEAD* DO you understand the above warning? If you don't get that statement, or don't like what it implies, you will HATE this movie. I sat alone in a theatre in a rotten, crummy little one-horse town in the Midwest and saw this movie in 1973. I laughed harder that night than I have since.

The film violates every possible rule of good taste, all conceivable social norms, and is terrifically long on puns and non-sequiturs. It is a positive wealth of sight gags. this is not highbrow movie by any stretch of the imagination, but low comedy was one thing in the 70's and something less now: it is probably "too hip for the room" at the dawn of the 21st century.

Think of this movie as a knowing "wink" at the audience. It says, "we're going to play a game here--I'm going to pretend to be a movie, and you're going to pretend to be an audience...all you have to do as the audience is to get the joke." "Schlock" is a satire of a lost genre of horror films: the "caveman" movie (specifically it is a first rate send up of one of the classic bad movies of all time: "Trog").

If you watch bad movies for their unintentional comedy, if you think Mel Brook's first six movies are funny, then you're going to love this. On the other hand, if you think that the three funniest movies ever made were "Scary Movie I," "Scary Movie II," and "Not Another Teen Movie," then avoid this at all costs.


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