31 Nights of Halloween Horror: Part 29 in a 31 part series. Join me for 31 nights of horror reviews in the month of October. Every night we’ll take a look at a different horror film, some old and some new. Tonight we’re talking about:
The Horror of Party Beach
Dir. Del Tenney
There are low grade “B” movies and then there is The Horror of Party Beach. A mix of the beach movies of the 60s and a horror movie shot in black and white and featuring music by the Del Aires. The script must have been written in 15 minutes while the movie was shot in three weeks on a $120,000 budget. For all that, this is what you get.
Toxic sludge is dumped into the ocean and lands on a skeleton from a shipwreck. The sludge makes the skeleton turn into a giant humanoid fish type monster with fins on his head, big googly eyes like Cookie Monster and a mouth full of hotdogs. Now that we got the where they came from out of the way, it’s time for some beach music. Apparently the way these beach movies work is, a band plays some groovy songs and everyone dances on the beach, there are some voice overs of corny jokes and more dancing. This goes on for about a solid 15 minutes until we return to our somewhat of a comprehensible story. Girl goes in the water, sea monster comes and attacks her, nobody sees it happen, but everyone is convinced it is a sea monster, what else could it be? Do they close the beaches? Nope still open, still dancing. Meanwhile somehow the sea monster creatures have now multiplied and they are out for blood, literally. It is discovered that they need human blood to survive, this is discovered after the creatures crash a girl’s slumber party and kill 20 of the girls. Yes indeed the body count is high in this film. However the violence constitutes as rubber gloves chocking people until chocolate syrup…er blood appears on their bodies. How the blood is consumed through their hotdog mouths is never fully explained, it must be a fish thing. Anyway more killings later to pad out the running time and the police and scientists have no idea how to stop these creatures until the scientist’s stereotypical black southern maid, who thinks this whole thing is the work of voodoo zombies, accidentally spills some metallic sodium on an arm specimen of a creature they recovered and it dissolves. So off to New York City they go to buy sodium since all the local places are sold out. In the end they find the creatures hide out and lob, I don’t know, sodium bombs(?) at them. The end.
Del Tenney is the man responsible for directing this…this uh, entry to the monster beach movie genre. Guess he realized he didn’t have much of a knack for it as he only has three other directing credits to his name, Curse of the Living Corpse that was double billed with this film, I Eat Your Skin (yes the one notoriously double billed with I Drink Your Blood, even though no actual skin eating takes place in the film) and then something called Descendant almost 39 years later!
Seriously, just throw all logic out the window when you watch this one, it can only be described as you need to see it to believe it. As silly as the monsters look there is no shame in showing them, right out in the open, in the sun, full body, nothing is left to the imagination, other then why they have so many hot dogs in their mouth. If you love cheap ass monster movies, this is one is entertaining at the very least. Once they lose interest in continuing with the beach theme in the beginning of the movie it is strictly watch the monsters attack people through out the rest. Bad dialogue, bad acting, rubber suit silly monsters, nonsensical science, this one has it all. You really can’t go wrong with having a good time with this one.