The Monster Walks

November 13, 2017 at 2:48 am (5 Heads, Monster Walks) (, , , , )

The Monster Walks – 1932 – United States

On a dark and stormy night, a young woman named Ruth returns to her family’s mansion for the reading of her father’s will. Ruth inherits her father’s fortune, upsetting the other potential heirs, including her uncle, her father’s housekeeper, and her father’s housekeeper’s son. The night after the reading, her father’s ape Yogi escapes from his basement cell. Stalking through the mansion’s secret passages, he sneaks into Ruth’s room and tries to strangle her in her sleep. Or does he? In the predictable finale, it turns out that the ape is the housekeeper’s son in disguise. Trying to kill Ruth for her inheritance, he accidentally strangles his own mother to death.

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The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini

July 2, 2017 at 8:11 pm (6 Heads, Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Movie Title) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini – 1966 – United States

After a millionaire dies, his heirs congregate at his mansion for the reading of his will. The will reveals that all the money is hidden in the mansion and the heirs must find it. The millionaire’s crooked lawyer hires thugs to kill the heirs so he will inherit everything. Also at the mansion is a mischievous ghost girl (with an invisible bikini), some dopey bikers, and a busload of teenage surfers who just want to have a good time.

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Terror Toons

May 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm (6 Heads, Terror Toons) (, , , , , , )

Terror Toons – 2001 – United States

While her parents are away on vacation, a teenage girl watches a Terror Toons DVD she received mysteriously in the mail. The DVD (directed by “The Devil”) depicts the violent cartoon escapades of Dr. Carnage (a goblin-like surgeon) and Max Assassin (his grinning purple gorilla). The girl is hypnotized by the cartoon’s psychedelic imagery, and Dr. Carnage and Max Assassin emerge from the television and kill her. In the same house, the girl’s teenage sister and her friends are having a party. They drink wine coolers and play “Strip Ouija” (which is exactly what you think it is). Dr. Carnage and Max Assassin run amok, killing the teens with enormous cartoonish tools and weapons (i.e. a giant pizza cutter). Eventually, one girl is inexplicably transported to Hell. She confronts Satan and becomes a superhero through the limitless power of imagination. She defeats Dr. Carnage and Max Assassin and then has a nervous breakdown because all of her friends are dead.

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Son of Ingagi

May 3, 2015 at 12:47 am (4 Heads, Son of Ingagi) (, , , , )

Son of Ingagi – 1940 – United States

An African American lady scientist (perhaps the first ever in film) returns from Africa with a missing link ape-man. Due to arbitrary circumstance, the ape-man goes berserk and kills her. Due to equally arbitrary circumstance, some newlyweds inherit the scientist’s mansion and move in. The ape-man stalks the newlyweds until he is incinerated when the mansion burns down. But not before a heap of African gold is found in the basement and the newlyweds become rich.

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White Pongo

December 21, 2014 at 4:17 am (2 Heads, White Pongo) (, , , , , , )

White Pongo – 1945 – United States

Some scientists travel the Congo River to investigate a legendary white gorilla. Because of his keen intellect, the gorilla is supposedly the “missing link” between gorilla and man. Obviously White Pongo’s writer did not understand Darwin’s theory of evolution very well.

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Night Fright

February 12, 2012 at 3:55 am (5 Heads, Night Fright) (, , , , )

Night Fright – 1967 – United States

Night Fright stars the perpetually terse John Agar whose numerous genre credits include Tarantula (1955), The Brain from Planet Arous (1957), Attack of the Puppet People (1958), Invisible Invaders (1959), Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962), Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966), Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966), and Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966). Agar is Night Fright’s only actor not from Texas. Director James Sullivan also crewed on classic Texas cheapies like The Eye Creatures (1965), Zontar: The Thing from Venus, Curse of the Swamp Creature, and even Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966). All this Texas blood makes for an excellently authentic regional flick. Dig those drawling accents!

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Teenage Zombies

January 30, 2012 at 2:37 am (7 Heads, Teenage Zombies) (, , , , , )

Teenage Zombies – 1959 – United States

From Teenage Zombies’ bitchin’ poster: “Young pawns thrust into pulsating cages of horror in a sadistic experiment!” Teenage Zombies was produced/written/directed by Jerry Warren to double feature with The Incredible Petrified World (1958). The handsome hero, Don Sullivan, also stars in The Giant Gila Monster (1959). Already your mind should be reeling.

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Bride of the Gorilla

December 13, 2011 at 1:55 am (7 Heads, Bride of the Gorilla) (, , , , , )

Bride of the Gorilla – 1951 – United States

Bride of the Gorilla was written/directed by Curt Siodmak, the prolific penman of many classic flicks: The Invisible Man Returns (1940), The Ape (1940), The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), Son of Dracula (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), The Magnetic Monster (1953), Creature with the Atom Brain (1955), Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), The Devil’s Messenger (1961). Killer ape flicks are usually awful, but Bride of the Gorilla astounds with literate writing and competent acting (including Lon Chaney Jr.). A good gorilla flick? Hell freezes over.

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Doctor of Doom

May 24, 2011 at 1:38 am (6 Heads, Doctor of Doom) (, , , , , , , )

Doctor of Doom – 1963 – Mexico

Something Weird Video’s catalog of strange foreign films is heartwarming. The Curious Dr. Humpp (Argentina, 1969) is transcendent and I’ve loved Something Weird since, especially the always-interesting DVD extras (a personal favorite: George McKelvey’s “My Teenage Fallout Queen” Scopitone). With great pleasure I sat down to Doctor of Doom, a rock ‘em sock ‘em wrestler babe flick like only Mexico would dare.

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Hillbillys in a Haunted House

July 26, 2010 at 1:28 am (3 Heads, Hillbillys in a Haunted House) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Hillbillys in a Haunted House – 1967 – United States

Don’t be fooled horror fans. Disregard Lon Chaney Jr., Basil Rathbone, and John Carradine on the bill, Hillbillys in a Haunted House isn’t for us. The threesome’s face time clocks a quarter of what’s spent on country crooners who sing for any reason. A sequel to Las Vegas Hillbillys, usually I wouldn’t bother, but the premise is winning: Country singers escape a storm in a haunted house, also home to Madam Wong’s international spy ring plus a killer ape. But mystery, adventure, and horror are the least of this musical comedy’s cares.

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