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New Review: Stomp, Shout, Scream

April 9, 2009

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Stomp, shout, Scream
By Melanie Addington
(As Published in the Oxford Town)

From 1959-1969 the cinema world was inundated with beach movies, the classic teen films that dominated the box office, despite little critical success. Starting with “Gidget,” producers quickly discovered that teenagers liked only one thing more than going to the beach, they liked to watch young stars on the big screen dancing and singing on the sand. Amongst the “Gidget’s,” “Blue Hawaii” and “Beach Blanket Bingo’s” was a little film in 1965 called “The Beach Girls and the Monster.”
Despite the fact that director Jon Hall’s inability as a cinematographer is apparent in the film, the soundtrack (all Frank Sinatra) combined with the fun of campy horror and cheesy beach movie storylines make this one of the fun classics.
Not since “The Beach Girls and The Monster” has anyone made anything quite as fun, despite any shortcomings, as Jay Wade Edwards “Stomp, Shout, Scream.”

Edwards, best known as the senior editor and producer of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” on Adult Swim, set out to recreate the feel of 1960’s campy horror films with “Stomp, Shout, Scream.”

Shot on 35mm, Edwards used authentic costumes and chose modern musicians that fit the sound of his all-girl band for the film. With music from Catfight!, The Woggles, Fleshtones and more, the beach party rock and roll monster movie is set in 1966 and features an all-girl garage rock band, the Violas, and the legend of the Skunk Ape (the Florida Everglades version of Bigfoot). Theodora (Claire Bronson of The Signal), Jody (Cynthia Evans) and Carol (Mary Kraft) are on tour when their van breaks down in a small southern beach town. The local police are investigating a mass of mysterious debris on the beach and the disappearance of a little girl’s parents after she’s found walking the beach in a state of shock.

Note that “Blood Car’s” Alex Orr has a small role as a police officer killed by the Skunk Ape.

Scientist John Patterson (Jonathan Michael Green of Blood Car) is called in to help investigate. Both John and local mechanic Hector Garcia (Travis Young) fall for Viola’s lead singer Theodora, but she seems to have no interest in them, possibly because of a mysterious past. Hector convinces the girls to stay in town when he offers to repair their van in exchange for playing his party, but the mysterious creature is still on the loose.

This is not a film for the serious horror fans but for people who appreciate b-movies. If you’ve never seen the 60’s beach movies (and how is that even possible?), then what most of us will find humorous, the random solo as Theodora walks on the beach, the gorilla suit, the transistor radio dance sequences, may not be humorous to you. However, if you sometimes just want to escape into a silly sequence of rock music, over-the-top performances from scientists, and a mad gorilla , then “Stomp, Shout, Scream” is the film for you.

“Stomp, Shout, Scream” opens on Friday at The Amp. Nova Cinetech’s new distribution arm, Monogram Releasing is working with B-Movie Nation to present a series of b-movies at their 12 theaters. Up next week is Poultreygeist, a comedy-horror film. More on the films can be read at http://www.bmovienation.com.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 9, 2009 11:40 am

    Saw it at the Mag a few years back and LOVED it.

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