Horror of Party Beach. 1964. USA. Directed by Del Tenney. 78 min.
“A long-term staple at Club 57 was the Tuesday night Monster Movie Club curated by Tom Scully and Susan Hanaford. The bill was usually a double one, with fare remembered from the 1950s and 1960s. (For instance, it could have been a double bill of William Castle’s Psycho rip-offs Homicidal and Strait-Jacket.) 1964’s The Horror of Party Beach was a typical Monster Movie Club screening, combining nostalgia, ’60s music, and the need to poke some fun at our own childhoods and celluloid ineptitude. The unintentionally hilarious movie itself was a first of its kind—a combo of beach party films (AIP’s mega-hit Beach Party, with Frankie and Annette, was released the year before) and sci-fi horror. According to a theater owner quoted in The I Was a Teenage Juvenile Delinquent Rock’N’Roll Horror Beach Party Movie Book, A Complete Guide to the Teen Exploitation Film: 1954–1969, ‘The critics can pan this all they want to but somehow or other, this has definite appeal for the teenagers that make up ninety percent of my patrons. So who am I to complain if this pulled average for me, which it did?’” (film notes by John Epperson).