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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.

Director:

John Landis

Writer:

John Landis
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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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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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Man's Missing Link Has Just Moved Into The Neighborhood. But Is Suburbia Ready For Schlock? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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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

Joe Putzman: But surely, Professor Shlibovitz...
Professor Shlibovitz: No, that's Professor Shirley Shlibovitz. A strange quirk of my mother's.
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Crazy Credits

Baby Schlock as Itself See more »

Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Transcription by David Gibson
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Genuinely funny horror movie parody. Neglected comedy classic
11 September 2000 | by leapsoSee all my reviews

John Landis's first movie may be as good as anything he made. "Schlock" falls in neatly with other 'progressive' US comedy movies of the early 70s, which kicked around genre conventions and added a new frankness in language and toilet humour to US film comedy vocabulary. (Others like this were sketch comedy flicks like Landis's "Kentucky Fried Movie"; plus the Mel Brooks and Woody Allen movies of around the same time).

What sets this one apart is its sustained comic atmosphere, which is goofy, laconic and giddy. Set-pieces - like the 2001 parody, the bar scene where the monster 'Schlock' observes a Jose Feliciano-like blind musician playing a piano boogie and ends up joining in, and a very funny scene where the allegedly fearful Schlock goes into a cinema to see a horror movie, and is terrified - all come off perfectly.

Some beautiful bits of background business too - the hippie in the background of the 2001 scene, just ignoring the portentous foreground action while eating his frozen custard is worth a look. This is just a really, really funny film.


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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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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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