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812 - The Incredibly Strange Creatures...



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Not a bad screenplay
Michael Wallen - 17 days ago
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At least the main characters have clear motivations. Estrella is so sensitive about being rejected that she zombifies men who do so, and ends up strangled by her zombies. Jerry wants to be "free" in that Jack Kerouac/cod-existentialist way, and ends up shot by the enforcers of the society he held in contempt. Angie wants to experience teenage rebellion, and... no harm comes to her, probably because this is a horror movie and she didn't have sex with Jerry.
Where Steckler went wrong was padding the film with song and dance numbers he was able to film for free at a carnival. Unlike a proper musical, they do nothing to advance the story. In fact, you forget where the story was by the time they end and think you're watching incomprehensible schlock.


Gender Neutral Mushroom Child - about 2 months ago
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I think Rachel McAdams traveling back in time to be a background dancer in this movie really shows her commitment to her craft.


How did the chance slip by ..... ??
Mugh Hungus - 2 months ago
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The mother kinda reminds me of the "Puppet Aliens" in an early episode of Star Trek . The infamous "Drink Traniya.."


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Is it "Schick out of shape" or "Schick out and shave?" THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW.


Dick Grayson - 8 months ago
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I love the jokes in this one, but god, the first section of transmisogyny is so intense. The '90s were rough.


Desiree Ashcraft - over 4 years ago
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So why did the girlfriend start twirling the cockadoodie umbrella?!?!?!?!?!?!?!


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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I don't get the zombie part of the title. He doesn't turn into a zombie. The movie has nothing to do with zombies. They just hypnotize him to murder people.


David Bowiescock - about 1 year ago
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27:21 why no Motörhead riff? 2 eps ago we got Nitzer Ebb, someone on the writing staff is a goth.


Further research for Steckler fans
big_Greg - 7 months ago
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If you like Cash Flagg as a murdering loon, check out "the Thrill Killers" which also features Carolyn Brandt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0upZi_BnmAE&list=PLvFZhquLbeL_X7f24RRnW7FUknWvbMhsB
Extra credit: if you in a used book store, look for a trade paperback called Incredibly Strange Film published by Re/Search around 1987 (this is how I found out about Steckler and started tracking his movies down). It's a wonderful book for MSTies to peruse, and has a great interview with Steckler, as well as Ted Mikels who directed "The Girl in Gold Boots".


Stereo Catz - about 5 years ago
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Those cops may have been a little trigger happy. “An unarmed deformed man in a sport-coat and a fedora who isn’t hurting anyone! Open Fire! An unarmed deformed man who’s standing precariously on a rock fifty feet from anyone to whom he can possibly be a threat! Open Fire! An unarmed deformed man who’s fleeing in terror and has his back turned to us! Open Fire!”


I've Gained An Appreciation
Roe Walker - about 3 years ago
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Interestingly enough, Ray Dennis Steckler actually went out and promoted this movie on his own. It was originally going to be produced by Fairway-International Pictures (Arch Hall Sr.'s studio), but Steckler was dissatisfied and bought the rights to his movie. He then went across the United States promoting his movie as half of a double bill. The other movie he had was "The Beast of Yucca Flats".

This was billed as the first "monster musical", but "Horror at Party Beach" was also being promoted as that. However, Steckler's movie came out a full month before "Horror", making it the first monster musical.

Apparently the building that the carnival portions were filmed in was an abandoned Masonic temple owned by Rock Hudson. Another movie familiar to MST3k fans that was filmed in that same building that same year was "The Creeping Terror".

This movie has amazing connections to a lot of other bad movies. I just love watching it, and revelling in the unadulterated badness.


grifftrain - almost 2 years ago
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I love this episode. The film is so strange, it was made for Mike and the bots. The unsung hero in this movie is Madison


Ortega
Stefan - about 1 year ago
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Ortega, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays...same person ?!?


David Bowiescock - about 1 year ago
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37:00 given the relative chronologies, I'm guessing my cheap casio samples this movie and not the other way around.


SaturnHex - over 1 year ago
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Oh so THIS is where Ortega comes from.


Tim Hall - about 1 year ago
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Rifftrax should cover another Steckler film titled Ray Pfink and Boo Boo.


Rosebud - about 1 year ago
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okay, last one. Just throwing this out there. The "exotic" dance scene. The lead dancer has to get ready. She gets herself all ready for her dance, if you know what I mean. Focuses on her "bikini area". Then the choreographer comes out with that huge giant mop that she needs to wear. Like why bother shaving if you are going to wear a HUGE MOP as a bikini? Watch that scene again and try not to bust a gut. 38:14 is a good spot to see this atrocity. "here honey. put this black rug in front of your privates. Guys find it irresistible!"


Look Polish - over 3 years ago
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I lose it whenever they transform a song in the movie into a Christmas carol. When they broke out "Little Drummer Boy" I could hardly take it.


Rosebud - about 1 year ago
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Let me take your last known photo... Another zinger! When we traveled with our young son, we would take a picture with our cell phone camera (before iPhones even) at the rest stops before we went in. You know...last known photo before he got kidnapped in the rest area. ha. talk about paranoid!


Rosebud - about 1 year ago
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The guy up front has a private box...as the dancer shakes her business in his direction. Another example of you can watch an MST3K episode 10 times and still miss the best zingers!


Funky The Monkey - about 1 year ago
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Wonder if Ortega hangs out with Morn from DS9? I bet they have loads to talk about....if people let them talk.


Funky The Monkey - over 1 year ago
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Trixie: "Do you also eat "Ortega taco shells" Funky?"
All the time. They're so good. Especially the taco seasoning. Put that on almost everything. XD
Trixie: "Why don't you marry Ortega then."
What what? XD


Get your tickets here.....
Dragon my Tail 2day - over 1 year ago
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In the Directors cut of the movie, John Agar investigates the fortune tellers face and finds the Mole People.......


Bruce Box-Liker - almost 5 years ago
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Jerry is the whiniest, most ineffectual bad-boy boyfriend in film history.


mojojojo - almost 2 years ago
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if ever I join an all-gal electropunk band, our first album is definitely going to be titled "Welcome to the Girl Pavilion"


Super McWonderfull - almost 5 years ago
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1:04:00 - 1:06:30..... worst choreographing ever. All the girls are off time, all the time, it's so bad it's awesome.... enjoy...


Daniel Lopez - over 4 years ago
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Wow...all these years and years and I only JUST noticed the sight gag while the fortune teller is talking to the dancer woman; Mike and Servo lean left and right with the angle of the camera. Ha...can't believe I never saw that before.


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00:54:32 - No riffs harkening back to "She's A Beauty" by The Tubes? Tsk.


Teri Gee - about 4 years ago
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So I hope that Ray Dennis Steckler didn't think that Jerry was a reasonable, good boyfriend because the whole scene where he can't understand why his girlfriend was upset about him wanting to go in and watch strippers really cements the stupidity of the character for me.


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why do they keep making fun of marge for look mannish? I don't think she does, shes quite pretty actually.


Teri Gee - about 2 years ago
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In the dance routine, I find it very odd that the man is dressed in a tux and the woman is dressed in a see-through leotard. If it's about ogling at the woman, then, is the man really necessary? If it's about the dancing, can't she wear a real dress?


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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As they're making jokes about the strippers playing themselves I noticed one of the policeman's names was son hooker. Did not know son was a first name but I also don't know why his mother would want to imply his mom really is a whore.


Joey Thomas Mackie - over 1 year ago
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"Shrimp out a shape"


Snuffy Wuffykiss - almost 2 years ago
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They do a great job accurately portraying cops, shoot first and file a report to justify it later.


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I am just so surprised that they didn't get more mileage out of the Nick Cage look-alike factor here... a few riffs but could've been sooo much more.


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49:40 "Wigs by Abby Hoffman of Hollywood"
Would this be the same Abby Hoffman as the one who ran onstage during a Who concert, yelled something into the microphone, and was then attacked by Pete Townshend?


Megan Sullivan - almost 2 years ago
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I love the bit with the walkathons - I want that T-shirt!


Vanir - almost 2 years ago
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Those 'European's' crack me up, every time.


mojojojo - almost 2 years ago
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One of my all time and most viewed eps. Not only do I love the riffs, but the movie itself has such an eerie, campy vibe to it. Reminds me of a ride called the 'Whacky Shack' at a local amusement park where I grew up. Makes me strangely nostalgic....


Joseph Heathcott - about 2 years ago
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Hey Misties--Does anyone know the title of the country western song that plays while Steckler (Jerry) is walking around under the cable car tracks? (That scene was filmed in Bunker Hill, an area of LA that was demolished during urban renewal in the late 1960s. The cable car was called the "Angel's Flight"). I have been trying to track down the origins of that song for awhile now. Thanks for any leads!


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I think this may have been filmed in California like maybe near Santa Cruz? Can't check though because it's blocked for viewing in America right now. God I hate youtube.


Look Polish - almost 2 years ago
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It warms my heart every time they make a Polonius joke, which basically happens in any Experiment in which curtains make an appearance.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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Does anyone notice that the "cyclon racer" ride is spelled cyclone racer in the next frame or so? It doesn't even look like a light burnt out, they just misspelled the word.


The humanity - about 3 years ago
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Ortega definitely has a Torgo vibe to him


Jane Sproul - about 2 years ago
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This is one I tend to skip because of the huge amount of nothing that happens, but watching a bunch of terrible not-strippers play Streets And Alleys with a white boy in Kabuki paint who keeps cheating makes me think that maybe I've been unfair.


Stereo Catz - almost 3 years ago
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Why'd they waste so much time doing the Ortega makeup when they could have just cast Peter Falk?


Kyle Runes - almost 4 years ago
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For the first 30 minutes of the movie, I thought Ortega was a puppet.


John Banister - over 2 years ago
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Anita Foster - over 2 years ago
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They Removed it :'(


The humanity - about 3 years ago
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Man this film is atrocious, but the riffing is spot-on perfect


Stefan - over 2 years ago
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This episode used to upset me...but watching again it is actually very funny. The part where Tom freaks out is hilarious. However, I would hate to watch this movie without the riffs--very dark.


Teri Gee - over 2 years ago
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That dream sequence struck me during this viewing as a sick and twisted version of the ballet sequences in Rogers and Hammerstein musicals. They have nothing to do with the storyline, and usually, there's a weird quality to them. In Oklahoma, it's actually a dream. In Flower Drum Song it somehow shifts from a character's personal reflections to a dream sequence.

I would actually have some respect for the director if he was trying to imitate that. He failed, but it would be interesting.


Scooter Atreides - almost 5 years ago
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I'm gonna watch this again tonight, and I just saw it last night....and before that I saw it last week! I can't explain it: It's somehow addictive. The music--terrible though it is--sticks in your head relentlessly. The whole thing has an almost hypnotic quality.


Joanna Carson - almost 3 years ago
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this is one of my all-time favorite episodes....it's so bizarre and corny....it reminds me of a trip through a crappy theme park spookhouse, and the riffing is some of the best! I laugh every time!


Stephen A Nathe - about 3 years ago
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It hurrrrts....to staple you eyeballls!!


Amse Master - about 3 years ago
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PROFESSOR BOBO: Ape, Has Red Butt

That really cracked me up


The humanity - about 3 years ago
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Oh that theme "music", if you can call it that...


Scott Alan Hodge - about 3 years ago
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This is your brain on drugs, any questions. lol


Rosebud - over 3 years ago
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This was my first MST3K and probably still my favorite. "Ride the Wrecking Ball" was the first time I had to pause the movie to catch my breath....for about 5 minutes!


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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i love Crow singing Christmas carols


Scooter Atreides - over 3 years ago
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Does anyone else admit to a strange, inexplicable affection for the music in this film?

This is one of the most rewatchable episodes of MST3K for me--and I like the music a little more every time I see it :)

I'd buy (or download) the soundtrack if I could


Tom H. - over 3 years ago
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Someone's a fan of The Band. "Garth Hudson is playing behind the curtain" and "The music's going to break into 'Chest Fever' any minute" is a reference to The Band keyboardist's rather baroque intro to that song, which was lengthier and more elaborate during their concerts.


K.T. Robot - over 3 years ago
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Honestly, I've watched this movie at least 20 times in the past few months, and tonight is the first time I noticed Crow and Tom have zinc oxide on their "noses" for the walkathon


Aaron Kuehmichel - about 4 years ago
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This still hasn't cracked 100 laughs? Sacrilege.


Raymond Conklin - over 4 years ago
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Aah - This movie is the best at being the worst!


Vanir - over 4 years ago
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Foreign guy would have been great in 'The Room'


Austin Strong - over 4 years ago
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I started to try and add funny new riffs as I heard them, but this movie has too many! This episode is top shelf.


Scott A. Taylor - over 3 years ago
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Well .. that film was definitely some of the worst crap yet .. not THE worst .. but a good contender for the top 5. I think the most disturbing thing about this film is the cop at the end that absolutely goes out of his way to shoot and kill and unarmed dude with a slightly disfigured face!! What the hell was his problem?

I mean sure, the guy was already circus ugly before supposed zombiefication but that cop is a cold blooded serial killer .. don't they know they're supposed to at least TRY and arrest people first!! .. Or rather .. didn't the script guy think that ... obviously had some bad-ass run ins with the police! And I'm with crow .. seems like this film would have been easier to do if they'd just gone with an actual strip club instead of awful, half-assed variety show. Of course then they'd actually have to hire some good looking people .. you know you're in trouble when your strip-tease artists are way better looking for 3 minutes of film than the whole rest of the cast is for the whole movie!

Disturbing .. won't you!?


Rhys Patterson - over 4 years ago
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So the sexually repressed fortune teller makes "zombies" at the drop of a hat and to help cover up she stole an alcoholic possibly transgendered dancers make up.... Because.... That's what you do apparently when you can't get jimmy cricket for a concience but instead rely on the deer tick on your face.


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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ucked-fay up-ay ovie-may


Wendell Borges - over 3 years ago
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Jerry zombie!


mike clauson - almost 4 years ago
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looks like sean penn and nicolas cage, the early years.


John Smith - almost 4 years ago
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At the end when the guy is shot and Crow says, "I'll suck the bullet out." Then Mike says, "Madison!" What the heck does Tom say? He mumbles some gibberish very quickly and it's hysterical. I always crack up at that part like crazy.


Austin Strong - about 4 years ago
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This film should be called The Incredibly Dull Actors Who Stopped Caring and Became Alcoholics.


Ray Garraty - almost 4 years ago
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What does Mike say at 30:11? I simply can't make it out.


suzy lux - almost 4 years ago
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suzy lux - almost 4 years ago
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mike with marie antoinette and/or giant cadbury flake hair!


Kevin Webster - almost 4 years ago
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Happy Halloween all!


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 4 years ago
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I can't believe it took me so long to realize this, but it just hit me that the amusement park scenes were filmed at The Pike in Long Beach, CA, not far from the last apartment I shared with my ex-husband. They've built something else there now and called it the Pike, but it's just a bunch of expensive restaurants. The old Pike was an amusement park that was built in 1902 and became the playground for Hollywood in the silent film era. It became rather seedy and sad in later years and was finally torn down in 1979. I found this slideshow of photos. You'll recognize some of it from the movie. Enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmKTwpPEukw


Rhea - over 4 years ago
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So according to wikipedia, the movie billed itself as a "monster musical." Call me picky, but generally in a musical the songs should have something to do with the story and advance the plot.


Rachel Adams - over 5 years ago
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The bird-women dancers in this movie might be my favorite thing about it. So entertaining.


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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I love how Ray Dennis Steckler thinks he's a beat and all hip and rebellious.. Beside the point, he's the most ridiculous looking human I've ever seen.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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This episode makes me crave bacon...from a FILTHEEEEE DISGUSTING PEEEEEG!


Alex Stefanic - over 5 years ago
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I can watch this episode over and over again, it never gets old.


Bruce Box-Liker - almost 5 years ago
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I was re-watching some classic Simpsons from back when it was still good, and I noticed that Treehouse of Horror VII credits the writers as "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Ken Keeler, Dan Greaney, and David S. Cohen." This was season eight, which I suppose would have placed it around the same year as the corresponding MST3K episode. This probably means that they were aware of the movie before it got riffed on, which means that two unrelated TV shows chose to evoke the same horrible obscure movie at almost the same time.


Colleen Swiggum - over 4 years ago
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oh those rebels, going to a fair, and on a week end


Colleen Swiggum - over 4 years ago
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such smooth line delivery, it can only be compared to a weasel in a weedwacker.


Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago
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I say this with only the slightest amount of sarcasm: this movie is no more incoherent, exasperating, and self indulgent by the director than David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” or “Lost Highway”(or most any other David Lynch movie for that matter).


Kimono Dragon - over 5 years ago
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Maybe it's just me... shouldn't a show entitled "The Incredibly Strange Creatures" have at least a hint of, oh I don't know, maybe a few incredibly strange creatures? I'm an hour into it and they are still developing the plot.


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absolutely one of my faves!


Scooter Atreides - about 5 years ago
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I saw the trailer for this film years ago in "It Came From Hollywood"...It makes the movie look 1000% more interesting, as it focuses exclusively on the dancing girls and the last 10 minutes when the "zombies" escape.


Guy Weddle - over 5 years ago
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I love the starting credits


John Belleville - about 5 years ago
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Up next,, funny man Herman Goering


Ryan J. - over 5 years ago
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Funny/infuriating how there aren't any zombies until the last 10 minutes or so.