July 13, 2018

HORROR OF PARTY BEACH

New release: 1964 saw not only the Spy Boom launched by Goldfinger and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but also the British Invasion led by The Beatles and the continuation of the Monster Craze with new programs like The Munsters and The Addams Family. And even as the Universal Monsters reigned via TV syndication, model kits, and magazines like Famous Monsters of Filmland, there was still the kind of Cold-War anxiety about radiation and the Bomb that was reflected in the giant-mutant movies of the 1950s. Cue an independent film production from Connecticut about these tensions, mix in some teenagers, add a touch of surf music by the Del-Aires (ala Beach Boys 1961-1964), and you get a little monster cocktail called Horror of Party Beach! Note: this movie is a bomb- not the bomb, but it's still a fun ride. Maybe you saw the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version? Now Spy Vibers can dive into the deep end in glorious hi-definition with a new Blu-ray from Severin. From the press release: "In 1964, 20th Century Fox released an independent shocker – shot in two weeks for $50,000 outside Stamford, Connecticut by local producer/director Del Tenney – advertised as ‘The First Horror-Monster Musical’. More than 50 years later, this “absolute classic of exploitation cinema” (Legends Magazine) returns like you’ve never seen or heard it before: When nuclear waste dumped into the ocean mutates a shipwreck full of corpses, it will unleash an onslaught of bikini teens, surprising gore, dubious science, an intrepid maid, The Del-Aires, and arguably the greatest worst monsters in horror movie history. Severin is proud to present this cult favorite from “Connecticut’s own Ed Wood” (Stamford Advocate), now featuring a new 2k scan from the original negative and loaded with all-new Special Features like nothing that ever stalked this earth!" Bonus features include: Return to Party Beach: A Retrospective Documentary on The Horror of Party Beach, It’s the Living End: An Encounter with The Del-Aires – Interview with Band Members Bobby Osborne and Ronnie Linares, Shock & Roll: Filmmaker Tim Sullivan On Rock & Roll Horror Movies, Archival Interview with Director Del Tenney, Trailer. On DVD, Blu-ray and in a Blu-ray bundle with an enamel pin and your own beach ball! More info at Severin and Amazon. Below: Images from the Warren fumetti/photo-magazine by Wally Wood and Russ Jones, promo graphics, and video trailer for the new release. Enjoy!







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