The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow

September 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm (6 Heads, Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow) (, , , , , , , , , )

The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow – 1959 – United States

On their quest for fun, a friendly club of teenage hot rodders struggle with juvenile delinquents, traffic cops, and stodgy parents. After the broke teens are evicted from their clubhouse, they occupy a haunted mansion. Secretly living in the mansion is Paul Blaisdell, who played the monster in The Day the World Ended (1955), It Conquered the World (1956), The She-Creature (1956), and Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957). Upset because he did not get a role in Horrors of the Black Museum (1959), he dresses in a monster suit and menaces the teens.

The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow was produced by American International Pictures. Similar to their later Beach Party (1963) series, Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow is a musical comedy about teenagers dancing, squabbling, and falling in love, with very little plot to get in the way. The teens drive cool cars, talk in hip slang, and listen to rocking music. When a boy gets too fresh with a girl, she berates him with, “Take your flippers off me, seal.” A rock band performs various Western-themed instrumentals like “Geronimo” and “Charge!” while shooting revolvers in the air. There is also a wisecracking parrot, a talking car, and a costume party featuring a mask from Invasion of the Saucermen.

Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow is a sequel to Hot Rod Gang (1959).

Rating: 6/10 Shrunken Heads. When discussing why the teens grow up so fast, one adult says to another, “In a world that seems on the brink of self-destruction, they feel like they have to become adults quickly. They’re not sure if there will be a tomorrow.”

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