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The Del Tenney Double Feature
The Del Tenney Double Feature
Actors: Helen Warren, Roy Scheider, Margot Hartman, Robert Milli, Hugh Franklin
Director: Del Tenney
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2006     2hr 42min

Horror of Party Beach "Weird atomic beasts...who live off human blood!" prey in the 1960s cult classic once referred to as "The First Horror Monster Musical." A drag race between hot rodders and bikers winds up at ...  more »


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Actors: Helen Warren, Roy Scheider, Margot Hartman, Robert Milli, Hugh Franklin
Director: Del Tenney
Creators: Richard Hilliard, Del Tenney, Alan V. Iselin, Lou Binder, Ronald Gianettino
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Dark Sky Films
Format: DVD - Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 03/28/2006
Original Release Date: 06/01/1964
Theatrical Release Date: 06/01/1964
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 42min
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Mark Norvell | HOUSTON | 04/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This no-frills disc features two of Del Tenney's more memorable b&w low budget films. The first, "Horror of Party Beach", tells of radioactive spillage off a seaport coast spawning ridiculous looking monsters who proceed to decimate the town's young female population. In one scene, a whole slumber party is slaughtered---(20 girls, count 'em) and the chocolate syrup gets smeared all over. It's supposed to be blood, but that's what it looks like in b&w. Anyway, there's lots of "rock'n roll" by The Del-Aires, lots of silly dancing on the beach by "teens" and that scene stealer Eulabelle Moore (Eulabelle the maid) and her voodoo doll. So inept, so badly acted (except for Eulabelle) and so bad period that it's hilarious. However, Tenney's other feature "Curse of the Living Corpse" is the exact opposite. It's a well acted Gothic horror film that rises above it's low budget and features non-other than Roy Scheider (billed as Roy R. Scheider) in a very early role and Candace Hilligoss ("Carnival of Souls") as members of a family in 1892 New England stalked and murdered by a masked madman who may or not be the deceased patriarch come back from the grave for the family violating his will. One by one, as stipulated in the will, they die by the means they fear most---disfigurement, fire, drowning, suffocation etc. Pretty good stuff. And a surprising bath scene with actress Margot Hartman showing a little more skin than was the norm at the time (1963-64). The print has mild flaws that do not distract and the prints of both films are better than average. There's also an interview and audio commentary with Del Tenney included as extras. Worth owning just for "Curse" alone. Enjoy."
Basement films get luxury suite DVD treatment
Peter W. Many | New Orleans, Louisiana United States | 04/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's been said that films like these don't appeal to anyone but the public, since critics line up to tear them apart, but they do offer fun if you're in the mood. (Horror of Party Beach is by far the more entertaining of the two, this being the elusive uncut version with all the gore intact (an unbearable toned-down version has been making the video and TV station rounds for years). Both films look and sound as good as they ever have; extras include trailers, photos, audio commentary and interviews."
Another fun DVD ruined by FAKE "widescreen"!
Nostalgic for the '50s | 04/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Catering to the owners of the new widescreen televisions, the manufacturers of many DVDs these days are presenting films (like these), which were originally filmed in standard-format, in FAKE "widescreen"--which essentially consists of lopping the tops and bottoms off the original prints (thus leaving many of the actors with half-faces and no feet!)! It is especially notable on this particular DVD as the CREDITS for both films have been "mini-boxed" in their ORIGINAL format. The movies themselves are nostalgic, fun-filled SCHLOCK, but I love them anyway. I would have loved this DVD version of them more, however, if they had been preserved in their original film ratio. I'm amazed that producer/director Del Tenney allowed this bastardization of his films to occur (he's a participant in the project, offering commentary, etc.) but, then again, the producers of the DVD probably gave him a monetary "offer he couldn't refuse". It's sad that the owners of widescreen televisions would apparently rather see their bloated screens filled from side-to-side, than enjoy movies as originally filmed--a disturbing trend, indeed, for a film purist like me. 5 stars for FUN, 1 star for presentation = 3 stars."
Horror At Party Beach
Horror Fan | 11/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Well this film brings back memories of watching the televison show Creature Features with host Bob Wilkins. The film Horror At Part Beach was a staple film of the show. The film's creatures are as scary as I remember them as a kid. This film is a cult classic. And should be part of every horror fans collection... I just love the film... Thank God I found this film. I had been searching for it for a couple of years and was happy to finally see that Amazon was offering not only Horror At Party Beach, but all of Del Tenny's Films. What a treat!