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The Horror of Party Beach

Horror of Party Beach, The (1964) Movie Poster
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USA  •    •  78m  •    •  Directed by: Del Tenney.  •  Starring: John Scott, Alice Lyon, Allan Laurel, Eulabelle Moore, Marilyn Clarke, Agustin Mayor, Damon Kebroyd, Munroe Wade, Carol Grubman, Dina Harris, Emily Laurel, Sharon Murphy, Diane Prizio.  •  Music by: Wilford L. Holcombe.
       While the hot rodders and motorcyclists are having a rock-and-roll beach party, a barrel of radioactive material is unloaded from a passing ship, plunges to the bottom and splits against a jagged rock. A black liquid oozes out and covers a shapeless mass on the ocean floor, which suddenly moves and becomes an encrusted vicious monster. Soon there are several monsters and they must have human blood to survive. Tina is the first victim, and football hero Hank Green and airhead Elaine Gavin enlist the aid of her science-professor father, Dr. Gavin, to solve and capture the killer. Not working fast enough to prevent the attack on twenty teen-agers at a slumber party nor the killing of three girl motorists, Dr. Gavin finds an arm lost by one of the monsters and discovers that only sodium will destroy the monsters whose composition is mostly water. Can they gather enough salt in southern California to put an end to this horror?

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Image from: Horror of Party Beach, The (1964)
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Image from: Horror of Party Beach, The (1964)
Image from: Horror of Party Beach, The (1964)
Image from: Horror of Party Beach, The (1964)
Image from: Horror of Party Beach, The (1964)
Image from: Horror of Party Beach, The (1964)
Image from: Horror of Party Beach, The (1964)
Image from: Horror of Party Beach, The (1964)
Image from: Horror of Party Beach, The (1964)
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no this movie isn't scary. no it isn't well made, but it's still a hoot to watch. it's like plan9 from outer space only funny. plan 9 is incredibly boring to watch as far as b-movies go. horror at party beach on the other hand, is so silly it's hysterical. imagine the creature from the black lagoon with a bunch of hot dogs protruding from it's mouth and you kind of get the idea. the creatures talk a kind of deep gurgling "hahroo" language sort of like the sound godzilla makes. while the monsters are kind of silly, the background music give the film a slightly unsettling edge like the friday the 13th "killkillkill chewchewchew" theme.

to it's credit, as bad as the movie is, the birth of the creature is kind of well made for such a low budget film. the makers did stop animation on a skeleton where they added clay a little at a time to build the sea monster. at one point, when the monster gains eyeballs, they roll around. for such a low budget flick, it's kind of a creepy touch as is the score. the music from the film, not the beach party rock and roll mind you, is some of the best ever from a 1950-1960 b-movie. in fact, the music was used in an anti-acid commercial back in the 80's. it might have been pepto bismal. if you watch this movie, you'll need it ironically enough.

if you're a fan of cheesy b-movies, horror at party beach is one of the best of the worst. with better actors and production values, it might even have been a decent movie as it has a couple of good ideas. if you only see it once, you'll probably never forget it. i haven't seen it for more than 20 years, but it's still burned in my memory. i can't say that about some big budget films i've seen only a year or two ago.


Review by takatomon from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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