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The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!1964

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A series of disappearances turns out to be linked to a maddened amusement arcade fortuneteller, Madame Estrella, who throws acid in the faces of the men who refuse her, then keeps them as disfigured monsters locked in the back room of her carnival booth. When teen lay-a-bout Jerry comes to have his fortune told, he's placed in a hypnotic trance by the spinning disk and turned into a murderous zombie to serve the gypsy and her hunchbacked servant.

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There are two perfect things about low-budget legend Ray Dennis Steckler's second film. The first is the great title. The second is its wholly zonked, hallucinatory atmosphere. This is a lousy horror film and its story of a man who falls under hypnosis from a murderous carnival gypsy with a giant wart on her face makes no sense, but you get over it. You see, Steckler pads the movie with about eighty-seven performances from amateur lounge acts, each of whom pulls you further into the Twilight Zone. Its like someone slipped something in your drink. You get tipsy by Carolyn Brandt's leotard-and-easy-listening dance number. By the time the bouffant balladeer comes on, you're slurring your words. When the African exotica dance troupe stumbles around to some bawdy jazz later on, you're at the blackout stage and will believe anything. Meanwhile, it's all shot in brittle color that time has aged, faded and beaten into fine B-movie scuzz-o-vision. An essential brain cell killer from the swingin' 60s drive-in scene.

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There are two perfect things about low-budget legend Ray Dennis Steckler's second film. The first is the great title. The second is its wholly zonked, hallucinatory atmosphere. This is a lousy horror film and its story of a man who falls under hypnosis from a murderous carnival gypsy with a giant wart on her face makes no sense, but you get over it. You see, Steckler pads the movie with about eighty-seven performances from amateur lounge acts, each of whom pulls you further into the Twilight Zone. Its like someone slipped something in your drink. You get tipsy by Carolyn Brandt's leotard-and-easy-listening dance number. By the time the bouffant balladeer comes on, you're slurring your words. When the African exotica dance troupe stumbles around to some bawdy jazz later on, you're at the blackout stage and will believe anything. Meanwhile, it's all shot in brittle color that time has aged, faded and beaten into fine B-movie scuzz-o-vision. An essential brain cell killer from the swingin' 60s drive-in scene.

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No motion picture ever had a better title. The one and only Ray Dennis Steckler’s musical monsterpiece is incredibly strange…and incredibly goofy! Steckler Kitchen Sink’s an EC Comics-style tale of carnival horror with jazzy musical numbers and some inspired, Hitchcock/”Psycho” thrills. He also generates a bit of true pathos for his doomed hero, Cash Flagg (Steckler also predates the Hoodie-as-men’s-fashion-essential by a good twenty years). Watch this movie in your car, with your mobile viewing device on the hood to simulate Drive-In Movie conditions!

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Starring a giant hairy mole with a woman behind it and nobody else who ever worked again. This is the funniest teen beach drama musical beat choreography horror movie ever. I know it was featured on MST3k once, which makes a lot of sense because you can’t keep from doing a running wiseass commentary while watching it. You just can’t. Lots o’ larfs for the whole family.