Blu-ray Review: The Horror of Party Beach

The Horror of Party Beach was produced and directed by Del Tenney from a screenplay by Richard Hilliard and stars John Scott, Alice Lyon, Allan Laurel, Marilyn Clark, Agustin Mayor and Eulabelle Moore.

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!

This 1964 creature feature follows these radioactive sea creatures that start terrorizing teens on the beach and pick them off one at a time. Most of the victims also happen to be young, attractive woman in bikinis. Anyway, when these not-so-scary predators aren’t picking out their next prey, there’s a rock group playing some tunes while the local teens break out and dance along to the songs. There’s also clean cut preps taking on a biker gang but instead of the winners getting the girls – the sea creatures make their move and take the girls as their prize. These mysterious monsters start to get a little brave and decide to make their way inland to pick out more victims to satisfy their blood thirst. Oh yeah, the sea creatures feed on blood! What happens is, a local group comes up with a way to kill these gilled attackers and they ultimately put a stop to this nightmarish beach invasion.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. This Severin release comes in a black keepcase which helps it stand out from the others. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The film has been given a brand new 2K scan by Severin Films from the original negative. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this Blu-ray release. Severin Films did a nice job with the HD upgrade for this obscure creature feature from the 60’s.

Bottom line is, The Horror of Party Beach was another first time watch for me and even though it’s a stinker of a movie, it’s pure cinematic cheese that’s entertaining as hell. This MST3K favorite plays like a leftover from the 50’s drive-in craze that’s a mixture of Frankie and Annette’s Beach Party franchise and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. It’s funny how everything plays out because there are radioactive sea creatures terrorizing the community but these attacks are continuously interrupted by musical performances by The Del-Aires with impromptu choreographed dance numbers with the teens. This pretty much goes back and forth during the entire movie. What’s neat about The Horror of Party Beach is that it had to be controversial for its time because of the graphic kills by the gilled beasts. These terrible looking rubber suit monsters loved the pretty ladies in bikinis! This 1964 black & white creature feature looks tame by today’s standards but can you imagine how some people may have freaked out back then? Anyway, the movie is a pure treat and a fun blast from the past that’s received a well-deserved high-def upgrade. The Horror of Party Beach will be available Uncut on Blu-ray for the first time ever on August 28th.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: 78 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) B&W

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include two docs about the movie, two interviews and the trailer.

  • Return to Party Beach: A Retrospective Documentary on The Horror of Party Beach (16:26)
  • It’s the Living End: An Encounter with The Del-Aires – Interview with Band Members Bobby Osborne and Ronnie Linares (04:27)
  • Shock & Roll: Filmmaker Tim Sullivan On Rock & Roll Horror Movies (07:42)
  • Archival Interview With Director Del Tenney (09:02)
  • Trailer (01:49)

 

 

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