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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Incredibly Strange Creatures

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There's a lot for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) hecklers to mock in "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies" (1964). The film opens with fortune-teller Estrella and her accomplish throwing a potion onto a prostrate man and cackling evilly. Eventually, it's revealed that the pair have been turning select patrons of a carnival dance revue into zombies. It's never made clear why they want to do this, and the zombies themselves don't appear until the end. In the meantime, Angela, her boyfriend Jerry and his best friend Harold hit up Estrella for a glimpse of the future, during which Jerry reveals himself to be a disrespectful cad. The trio splits up when Jerry insists on watching a dance revue over Angela's objections. Little does Jerry know (heh heh heh), Estrella's sister, Carmelita, has marked him out to become the next zombie-potion victim.

Pegged an American musical horror movie, "The Incredibly Strange Creatures" uses the dance revue to lard the plotline with numerous song and dance numbers, including clumsily choreographed and robotically performed dances that just might be the strangest, most incredible thing in the film.

MST3K jolted new life into old movies with its wraparound low-budget production of the adventures of Joel Robinson and his robots, Crow, Tom Servo and Gypsy who are trapped on a space station and subjected to watching bad movies by an evil scientist.

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Erin JonesErin Jones, Orangutan Zookeeper at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, discusses strange creatures and this week's UEN SciFi Friday film.


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