The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964)
Jerry (Cash Flagg) is a rebel with his foreign friend and girlfriend Angela. Jerry decides to do the rebellious thing and take his friends to the carnival. There, he is smitten by a stripper, who leads him to Madam Estrella, who hypnotizes Jerry and turns him into an Incredibly Strange Creature Who Stopped Living and Became A Mixed-Up Zombie!!?
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? is a Z-grade movie that was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and has the distinction of having the second longest title in movie history. It was directed by Ray Dennis Steckler, who also starred as Jerry under the pseudonym Cash Flagg.
I have to admit, I have a morbid love of ultra bad movies, such as those that are lampooned on MST3K. However, I think The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? takes the cake in that it is possibly the worst movie I have seen on the show.
What is obvious from the get-go is the really shoddy sound recording. The dialogue sounds muffled at best, and some lines wind up not even making it to the soundtrack at worst. Of course, this would be a serious problem if there was any plot to speak of.
Shooting The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? seemed to be Steckler filming his home movie of a visit to the carnival with a story shoehorned in at the last second. A good 65% of the movie involved (unintelligible) song-and-dance numbers at a nightclub, with another 10% being very loving shots of the roller coasters.
The best scene by and far was when Jerry was getting hypnotized for the first time.The camera shot back and forth between spiral, Madam Estrella, and a close up of Jerry’s eyes, nose, and brow while the rest of his face was covered by a shadow. Eventually, the camera started quickly zooming in and out of his face. Did I mention this scene went on for a good few minutes? Add the fact that Ray Dennis Steckler has a really funny face, and you have one of the most unintentionally funny scenes ever made.
Basically, this nearly 90-minute-long movie was something like 6 different scenes that just dragged on for about 15 minutes apiece, and this was particularly true of the song-and-dance numbers that were there purely to pad the length of the movie. It was because of that I wound up getting bored enough that even the cast of MST3K and their banter weren’t enough to save the experience. I actually started surfing the Internet while the movie was playing in the background.
Even if you like bad movies on MST3K, you’re far better off with the likes of Zombie Nightmare or Manos: The Hands of Fate. The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour was in John Lennon’s words “the most expensive home movie ever made”. Well, I would say that for The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? as well if it was expensive.