The Horror of Party Beach / The Curse of the Living Corpse (Del Tenney Double Feature)
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Horror of Party Beach "Weird atomic beasts...who live off human blood!" prey in the 1960s cult classic once referred to as "The First Horror Monster Musical." A drag race between hot rodders and bikers winds up at a swingin rock-and-roll beach party. Nearby, a barrel containing radioactive waste is unloaded from a passing ship, and plunged to the bottom of the sea. When it splits against a jagged rock, black liquid oozes onto a human skull. Suddenly, a vicious monster slowly twitches into life, and THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH is born! Curse of the Living Corpse In the true "Old Dark House" tradition comes THE CURSE OF THE LIVING CORPSE, an early gore pic known as one of the first "slasher" films ever made! New England, 1892. Family patriarch Rufus Sinclair has recently died and is comfortably resting in his crypt ? or is he? His bickering relatives assemble at the Sinclair estate for the reading of his will, which includes a number of strict demands to be followed to the letter. If not, Sinclair threatens to return to life and kill each of them in the manner that they fear most! Naturally, no one listens to the ominous warning and one by one, the murders occur in the most grotesque methods imaginable!
- Commentary by director Del Tenney on both films
- Interview with Del Tenney
- Still gallery
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Horror at Beach Party is a great old monster flick. A beach party is put to a halt after a girl is killed by a radioactive monster. Man that beach party was rockin' too. Check out some of those dancers, like the dude dancing in his Euro-underwear, what a fairy. Biker gang leaders danced back then too. And the band was awesome, on rhythm guitar looked like Buddy Holly's little brother. And the lead singer rocked, it's amazing how loud his voice was with no microphone. Come to think of it I didn't see any guitar amps either. Oh well. The monsters came about from a barrel of toxic waste that was dumped overboard and opened on top of a shipwreck. The monsters look a little like the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but with Cookie Monster eyes and these ginat hotdogs shoved in their mouths.
They need human blood to survive, but it seems they prefer female blood. That is why the attack all girl slumber parties, and New York girls on a road trip. But never fear, a scientist figures out how to kill them. He ignores the advice of his Aunt Jemimah housekeeper ("It's voodoo, dat's wut it is") and discovers that th emonsters can be killed by sodium. So the climax of the movie is sodium being thrown at mutants and watching them explode. Now I know that if you touch pure sodium it burns, so they must have made grenades or something.
Curse of the Living Corpse is a great flick. This is your daddy's slasher flick. A rich dude named Rufus dies and demands certain criteria for his funeral and burial. He was terrified of being alive, so he left instructions that his vault be left unlocked, the torches are always lit, etc. Of course his family ignores all this because they are in a hurry to have the will read. The will says that if his instructions are not followed, he will return and each of them will die in the way they fear most (drowning, fire, etc.) So of course a mysterious figure goes around killing people. There are some greta kills here, like the severed head breakfast platter. The nude drowning scene in the bathtub was probably watched very very closely by the sensors a couple of times. This is as close to a nude scene as you can get without it being a nude scene.
The reason I really wanted this movie was because Candace Holligoss was in it. I loved her in Carnival of Souls, and this is her only other movie. I can't believe such a beautiful woman did not make any more films. She is so hot. If you like her, you got to see her in this flick all decked out in her Victorian duds. She doesn't have a very big part, which was a little disappointing for me, but she makes the most of every bit of screen time. I am so used to her being in almost every frame of Carnival of Souls, that it was strange to see her in a movie that did not revolve around her.
So anyway, you get two great old movies on one SINGLE sided DVD. Fire up the player, make the popcorn and have a great Saturday night on the couch with your honey!
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