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The Horror of Party Beach (1964)

Approved | | Horror, Musical | 1 June 1964 (USA)
Sea creatures created from radioactive sludge terrorize a beach community.

Director:

Del Tenney

Writers:

Richard Hilliard (screenplay) (as Richard L. Hilliard), Ronald Gianettino (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
John Scott John Scott ... Hank Green
Alice Lyon Alice Lyon ... Elaine Gavin
Allan Laurel Allan Laurel ... Dr. Gavin
Eulabelle Moore Eulabelle Moore ... Eulabelle
Marilyn Clarke Marilyn Clarke ... Tina
Agustin Mayor Agustin Mayor ... Mike
Damon Kebroyd Damon Kebroyd ... Lt. Wells
Munroe Wade Munroe Wade ... TV Announcer (as Monroe Wade)
Carol Grubman Carol Grubman ... Girl in Car
Dina Harris Dina Harris ... Girl in Car
Emily Laurel Emily Laurel ... Girl in Car
Sharon Murphy Sharon Murphy ... 1st Girl
Diane Prizio Diane Prizio ... 2nd Girl
The Del-Aires The Del-Aires ... Vocal Group
Charter Oaks M.C. Charter Oaks M.C. ... Motorcycle Gang
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Storyline

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 who 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 find and capture the killer. Not working fast enough to prevent the attack on 20 teenagers at a slumber party or 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? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FRIGHT RELEASE-This certificate absolves the management of this theatre of all responsibility for death by fright during the showing of 'THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH" and 'THE CURSE OF THE LIVING CORPSE" (original newspaper ad) See more »

Genres:

Horror | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion of the Zombies See more »

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Star Alice Lyon, who played Elaine Gavin, was the college roommate of director Del Tenney's wife. See more »

Goofs

When Elaine goes down to the water at Fingal's Quarry she is carrying only a box that contains the Geiger counter. When she runs away she is carrying the Geiger counter (without the box) and an attaché-type briefcase. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Gavin: Of course! This creature needs the ordinary necessities of human life - proteins, fats, sugars and so forth. But since his organs are so decomposed it needs the only food which can keep it alive.
Hank Green: Blood?
Dr. Gavin: Human blood. If a human body - a drowned person - were attacked by tiny sea plants which became parasites and completely infiltrated that human body before it had a chance to decompse, would the body be considered dead or alive?
Hank Green: Dead?
Dr. Gavin: No - it's still alive. But it's changed into a - well, is it ...
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Alternate Versions

All TV prints and at least one old VHS release have the more gory scenes cut out, most notably shots of the body of the first woman attacked by one of the monsters after it surfaces on the beach shore, and the slumber party massacre, which abruptly stops after the monsters burst inside. There is one old VHS release that does include all the gore intact. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Blood Waters of Dr. Z (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are Not A Summer Love
Written by Wilford L. Holcombe and Zebedy Colt (as Edward Earl)
Performed by The Del-Aires
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so bad it's good
10 April 2003 | by takatomonSee all my reviews

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.


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