THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES THAT STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES
TEENAGE PSYCHO MEETS BLOODY MARY
As a film, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies is too boring for even unintentional laugh potential. Ray Dennis Steckler directs seemingly without involvement. Almost half the running time is taken up by the monotonous rocknroll numbers, although these are made near incoherent by the shoddy recording. (If this were a film made in the 1980s or 90s, you would regard the endless songs as a cynical marketing excuse to sell a soundtrack album, but that was not the case back then). Director Ray Dennis Steckler also plays the hero under the name Cash Flagg and manages to give an incredible geeky performance he is a gangly beanpole, like a Pee Wee Herman played straight. At least the film has colour, which Vilmos Zsigmond, later an Oscar-winning cinematographer for Steven Spielbergs Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), apparently had a hand in.
Certainly, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies and Ray Dennis Steckler have become objects of great fascination to the modern Psychotronic film audience. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies was Ray Dennis Stecklers second film, made on a $38,000 budget. Steckler conducted a unique promotional campaign where he would tour screenings and at appropriate intervals jump out at attendees or have actors wearing masks abduct people from out of the audience.
Ray Dennis Stecklers other films of genre note are: The Thrill Killers (1964) about maniacs on the loose; the legendary superhero spoof Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1965); the comedic monster bash The Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters (1965); the evil child film Sinthia, the Devils Doll (1968); The Chooper/Blood Shack/Curse of the Evil Spirit (1971) about a vengeful American Indian spirit; the terminally confused horror porno Sexorcist Devil (1974); the psycho film The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher (1979) and its sequel The Las Vegas Serial Killer (1986).
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