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The Horror of Party Beach

Released 1964
Distributor 20th Century Fox

This mini-budget Connecticut-shot indie originally featured garbage-like monster designs that recalled the Mad Magazine character The Heap (pictured here) but somewhere along the way these pollution-created monsters were reimagined to look more like the rubbery “bears” familiar from The Outer Limits tv series. Some theaters encouraged customers to sign a “Fright Release” before they could see the picture. In any case it’s a pretty terrible movie.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.