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also known as Monster from the Surf

The Beach Girls and the Monster1965

  • 3.4
A time capsule from one very odd moment in film history when beach-party movies began to lumber, fake-monster-like, into a then-untested realm of horror crossover (with familiar maneuvers from daytime television). Jobbing B-movie actor Jon Hall, in his directorial debut, plays a cranky oceanographer with serious opinions about dangerous fish and juvenile delinquents. After simmering for a long while in chipper surf rock and finger-snapping jazz, it boils down to a (hang) loose study of many shimmying bikinis and one seaweed-dappled rubber mask. Ranking third among "the 100 most enjoyably bad movies ever made" in John Wilson's "Official Razzie Movie Guide," THE BEACH GIRLS AND THE MONSTER is that special sort of cinematic experience in which even the most obvious rear projection is always more realistic than the performances in front of it. - Jonathan Kiefer

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NOTE: THIS FANDOR VERSION is entirely black and white, BUT the original film featured a color surfing sequence "home movie" (that was better than the actual movie), which added to the surreal, groovy campy-ness of the whole thing.

No need to review it at length - you know what you're getting into with a movie like this - the title says it all!

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“The Beach Girls and the Monster” is a mess, but it’s a lovable mess. It’s kinda like if the monster chewed up your sofa. You’re outraged for a minute, then you look at those google eyes, shrug and reach for a dog treat. It’s a weird snapshot of pop culture, circa 1965, trying to mimic the energy of the Beach Party films with a plot that feels like it came from a rejected Perry Mason script. All in all, however, not the worst way to burn an hour of your time, and hey the soundtrack has some bitchin' surf tunes---composed by Frank Sinatra Jr.!?!

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So, there's this beach and there are some girls on it and there's a monster. There's also a whole lot of drama that concerns a young guy who's pressured into a science career by his father while he also fends off advances from his liquor-guzzling sexpot stepmother. It all adds up to a bad movie cult classic. It spends at least half of its seventy-minute run time on the dull soap opera storyline, but doesn't spend any time attempting to make a lick of sense. Its saving graces include the memorably bad rubber suit monster, some goofy low-budget beach party scenes and a fairly bitchin' little music score packed with reverb-happy surf rock and trashy jazz. Frank Sinatra Jr. co-wrote the party-hearty theme song, "Dance Baby Dance".

Spectacular special effects, soulsome acting and brilliantly witty dialogue. Truly the movie of our times! With a stunning twist of an ending that you will never, never see coming. Not only does it present a thrilling and engrossing storyline, but it presents a look back in time to the fascinating and strange world of the American 1960s. Wow!

This is a "Thanksgiving Special" -- a turkey. Don't watch this film as a cinema experience but rather view this as a 1965 cultural artifact. The actors, and I use the term 'actors' loosely, are all graduates of the "Red Wood School of Acting" -- i.e. just hit your mark and say your lines -- no emoting necessary. The scenes change from day to night and back to day without continuity, the "monster" budget was zero and there was no wardrobe -- just bikinis. So if you like 1965 shaking tushes, and bikini-top-restrained bosoms this is your "cup-of-tea". This film should be required viewing for all "wanna-be" film makers! In fact, no one should be allowed to graduate film school without sitting through multiple viewings. Doing so would make them all better film makers.