Well it's October folks, and that can only mean one thing, Halloween is less than a month away. Weird Retro has always celebrated this horrific holiday, and this year is no different. Expect special Halloween themed blog posts, looking at fiendishly festive films, mawkish music and all kinds of howling Halloween hilarity. Follow our regular posts on our facebook page, and Twitter @WeirdRetro.
New Halloween themed article for today is Plastic Fantastic: Ben Cooper Halloween Costumes, available in our new in-flight magazine section Cracked Culture. Also our new Weird Retro Top Ten Creepy Halloween Costumes list on Buzzfeed.
Coming soon... A special Halloween themed Mix-Tape Monday and of course freakishly festive Cult Film Fridays. As well as in depth articles, news and reviews. Look out for the ultimate Top Ten list of quirky, offbeat, creepy and downright freaky cult horror films for Halloween. And the choicest cuts in from the slice-n-dice 'em world of slasher cinema. We'll be bringing the sickest soundtrack to play at your putrid party. All this and more on Weird Retro's Horrifically Hip Halloween Howler this month.
Cult Film Friday: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964)
The ludicrous plot involves three friends, a weird carnival, a hypnotic stripper and her fortune-telling sister who with her henchman turn people into killer zombies by throwing acid in their faces. That's just about the whole plot summarized right there... All interspersed with utterly meaningless and bizarre song-and-dance numbers.
The movie was released originally by Fairway-International Pictures, who stuck in as lower half of a double-bill. Steckler was unhappy with this and bought back the movie, deciding to promote it himself. Like any good carnie, Steckler hawked it around the Grindhouse circuit, changing its name every so often to confuse punters in to coming to see it again. Some of the titles that he used included, The Incredibly Mixed-Up Zombie, Diabolical Dr. Voodoo and The Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary.Also in the gimmicky Grindhouse tradition of the likes of William Castle, Steckler had the movie advertised as being in shown in a variety of made-up formats. He used tag-lines like filmed in “Bloody-Vision”, to “Terrorama” and “Hallucinogenic Hypnovision” to drawn people in and milk every last dime out of them. In some of the screenings, Steckler himself sometimes and employees would run into the theater auditorium wearing monster masks, to scare the audience. It was often double-billed with the equally now infamous “so-bad-it’s-good” cult movie The Beast of Yucca Flats, that starred Tor Johnson of Plan 9 From Outer Space fame.
Weird Retro Film Fact: The film was lampooned in 1997 by Mystery Science Theater 3000, which brought it to the attention of many cult film fans, who had previously not been subjected to the awfulness of this ridiculous cult classic.
Originally posted on Weird Retro's facebook page, in July 2012. The Japanese Sex Manual is a truly bizarre piece of work. The title from the Japanese roughly translates as 'Young Person's Sexual Song-With-Animal-Legs'. Now available on BUZZFEED with up-to-date 'translations' (read: made-up).
Now on BUZZFEED.
New posts from the archives of Weird Retro, now available on Buzzfeed. The first post is a retrospective of facebook cover collages from over the years.