812 - THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE
CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES
(March 1963; NR; 90m)
a.k.a. THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES, ETC. (variation)
a.k.a. THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES
a.k.a. THE INCREDIBLY MIXED-UP ZOMBIE
a.k.a. TEENAGE PSYCHO MEETS BLOODY MARY
a.k.a. DIABOLICAL DR. VOODOO
a.k.a. FACE OF EVIL (working)
a.k.a. INFERNALES EXTRANAS CREATURAS (Mexico)
Ad: "World's Weirdest Movie!"
Ad: "SEE: the dancing girls of the carnival murdered
by the incredible night creatures of the midway!"
SEE: the hunchback of the midway fight a duel of death
with the mixed up zombies!
SEE: the world's first monster musical!"
Ad: "MONSTERS COME REAL! CRASH OUT OF SCREEN! INVADE AUDIENCE!
ABDUCT GIRLS FROM THEIR SEATS!
Not 3-D. Don't Miss It!"
Ad: "We Dare You to Remain Seated when Monsters Invade Audience!
Who'll Chicken Out First--Boys or Girls?
Girls! Learn if Your Boy Friend Can Take It!"
Ad: "She Keeps Monsters in Cages for Pets!
He Preys on Wild Go-Go Girls!"
Plot: A disfigured carnival fortune-teller hypnotizes a hapless
teen, turning him into a murderous zombie.
Exec: George J. Morgan
(and actor/Wild Guitar; Thrill Killers)
Prod/Dir: Ray Dennis Steckler* (also star)
Asst Dir: Don Russell
(The Thrill Killers; Lemon Grove Kids)
Scr: Gene Pollock
(and actor/The Thrill Killers)
Scr: Robert Silliphant
(scr/sto/606-The Creeping Terror)
Sto: E.M. Kevke
(scr/The Lemon Grove Kids)
Cin: Joseph V. Mascelli
(Wild Guitar; dir/518-The Atomic Brain)
Cin: Vilmos Zsigmond
(won Oscar/Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Cin: possibly Laszlo Kovacs (Nasty Rabbit; Close Encounters)
Ed: Don Schneider (506-Eegah; cin/Rat Pfink A Boo Boo)
SFX M/U: Tom Scherman (asst dir/The Thrill Killers)
ADir: Mike Harrington (609-The Skydivers); and Pat Kirkwood
Score: Henry Price (506; Rat Pfink A Boo Boo)
Music/Lyrics: Libby Quinn
Song: The Mixed-Up Zombie Stomp (instrumental)
Songs sung by Carol Kay: Shook Out of Shape; It Hurts
Song by Teri Randal: Choo-Choo
Songs by Don Snyder: Pied Piper of Love;
How Do I Stand With Your Heart?
Chor: Alan Smith (actor/Super Cool); and Bill Turner
Jerry / Cash Flagg a.k.a. Ray Dennis Steckler* (also director)
Marge Neilson / Carolyn Brandt*
Madam Estrella / Brett O'Hara (was Susan Hayward's stand-in)
Harold / Atlas King a.k.a. Dennis Kesdakian (The Thrill Killers)
Angie / Sharon Walsh
Madison / Madison Clarke
Carmelita / Erina Enyo (The Thrill Killers)
Ortega / Jack Brady
Stella / Toni Camel (The Devil's Sisters)
Angie's mother / Joan Howard (What's Up Front; The McMasters)
carnival barker / Neil Stillman
Bill Ward (Marge's dance partner) / Bill Ward
nightclub manager / Gene Pollock (World's Greatest Sinner)
nightclub comedian / James Bowie (The Thrill Killers)
drunk customer / Whitey Robinson
first policeman / Son Hooker (J.W. Coop)
second policeman / Steve Clarke
girl in dressing room / Jill Carson
radio listener / Titus Moede a.k.a. Titus Moody
(609; The Thrill Killers; Rat Pfink A Boo Boo)
singer / Don Snyder (Rat Pfink A Boo Boo; also editor?)
singers / Carol Kay and Teri Randal
dancing girl / Patrice Michaels
dancing girl / Pat Lynn (Pal Joey; The Narcotics Story)
dancing girl / Betty Downing
dancing girl / Denise Lynn (Jud)
dancing girl / Cindy Shea
dancing girl / Patti Crandall
dancing girl / Bonnie Berkeley
Classic Line: "Ortega! Bring me the acid!"
Classic Line: "Get your tickets here! Get your tickets here!"
Trivia: Shot on a budget of only $38,000 (very low
for a color movie), THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO
STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES ran into
trouble with Columbia Studios, which was releasing another
long-titled movie: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped
Worrying and Love the Bomb, an anti-war black comedy
directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellars and
George C. Scott. To stave off Columbia's lawyers, Steckler's
agreed to retitle his movie THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE
INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES was released in
so-called "Hallucinogenic Hypnovision"--which basically
meant that during the movie a few people wearing rubber
masks of the movie's characters would run down the aisles
and try to scare the audience in the theater just after a
turning hypnosis-inducing spiral would appear on the screen.
It was also one of the few films which had its soundtrack
released...imagine listening and dancing to these
toe-tappers over and over again!
If you've seen 1962's EEGAH (Exp#506),
then you've already seen RAY DENNIS STECKLER and
CAROLYN BRANDT, who were briefly seen in that film's
pool party scene. Steckler also did some of the
cinematography for Eegah.
Steckler is very much like ED WOOD (see 423-BRIDE
OF THE MONSTER) in that he produces/writes/directs/acts
in independent/low-budget/odd-themed films, which
nonetheless have a certain charm. (Wood's later films showed
more sex, while Steckler's became more violent). Some of
Steckler's films would also feature actor COLEMAN
FRANCIS (see 609-THE
SKYDIVERS), who was another cheesy film
auteur--directing, writing, and starring in his own
Starting out shooting the production stills for the movie
The World's Great Sinner, Ray Dennis Steckler served
as cinematographer for Secret File: Hollywood;
Frenzy (starring Timothy Carey); Goof on the
Loose; Scream of the Butterfly; The Velvet
Trap; and The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio!
Besides filming, he wrote the screenplay for and acted in
1961's Drivers in Hell a.k.a. Wild Ones on
Wheels. He then directed and performed in 1962's Wild
Guitar, headlined by ARCH HALL JR. and star of
EEGAH. (You can see a poster of Wild Guitar in
this movie: it's on the wall of the boozing dancer's
He went on to direct and star in these films, frequently
rereleased with alternate titles and frequently starring his
former wife, CAROLYN BRANDT: 1964?-The Thrill
Killers a.k.a. The Maniacs Are Loose; 1965-Rat
Fink A Boo Boo (title error-- it was supposed to be
Rat Fink and Boo Boo, a Batman and Robin parody);
1966-The Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters a.k.a.
The Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Green Grasshopper and the
Vampire Lady from Outer Space (an incoherent compilation
of his Lemon Grove Kids short films--the Lemon
Grove Kids were a tribute to the Bowery Boys, popular
movie delinquent teen characters of the 1930's);
1968-Sinthia, The Devil's Doll; 1969-Super
Cool a.k.a. Body Fever a.k.a. The Last
Original B-Movie; 1971-The Chooper a.k.a.
Blood Shack; 1972-Bloody Jack the Ripper
a.k.a. Revenge of the Ripper (unreleased?); and
1979-The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skidrow
Slasher. Always having films in some state of
development, Steckler's working on: Hollyweird;
The Hollywood Strangler Goes to Las Vegas; The
Survivalists; and a sequel to INCREDIBLY STRANGE
The dirt on the appearance of COLEMAN FRANCIS in
1969's Super Cool is that Steckler had just completed
filming the last scene, when walking to his car, he saw
Francis drunk and lying in the gutter. Steckler felt so bad
about Francis's condition that, even though he had finished
work on the movie, he offered Francis some work on it,
adding some scenes just to give Francis some work and some
badly needed cash, which the director gave him before the
the next day's filming. Steckler and his crew were
astonished when Francis showed up for work bright-eyed,
clean shaven and nicely attired--which was a bit of a
problem, since Steckler had wanted him to play the part of a
disheveled bum! Francis had used the advance pay to buy a
decent second-hand suit and make a trip to the barber.
Never comfortable in the Hollywood scene, Steckler moved to
Las Vegas about fifteen years ago, where he's still making
films and releasing his others on video, sending an
autographed photo if you buy the videos directly from
Last Updated: 3/28/1999
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