Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary – Classic Ad Collection
8-18-67, Lubbock, Texas
There might be a few people looking through this and wonder what this Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary is all about after seeing the ads and one sheets in many places focusing on Cult Movies. It was the roadshow presentation of Ray Dennis Steckler’s The incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies with the added bonus of people in zombie costumes going out into the audience in the moment when the “Zombies” creep around near the end – and I sometimes wonder if it went into areas that would be called going too far today. This was usually paired off with a classic Horror, or in the Lubbock, TX show, Rat Phink a Boo Boo, the Director’s half-brooding/half-fun film that can be said to be the last good example of the Director’s work in his best years – The Thrill Killers remains my all time favorite in his filmography next to the one and only Wild Guitar (and if you have not seen it, you have to!)
Steckler’s 1964 flick is one of the number of Horror films that remains unique in the genre’s history with it’s mix of musical numbers and the occasional quirkiness (especially in the dream sequence), featuring a lot of bouffant hair-do’s. mascara, a good performance by Steckler as the slacker turned killer Jerry, Carolyn Brandt’s appearance as the troubled drinking dancer, Atlas King, Brett O’Hara as Estrella, and Sharon Walsh as Angela You’re either a part of the group of fans, or you’re one of the MST3K fans who argue if the movie in focus is worse than Manos: The Hands of Fate, but no matter which side you’re on, Ray Dennis Steckler’s 1964 flick has it’s following and place in low-budget movie history is still worthy of a view just to say you have seen it. On the plus side historically, it has an excellent camera team of Laszlo Kovacs on Assistant Camera, Vilmos Zsigmond as the Camera Operator, and Joseph V. Mascelli as the Director of Photography, and there are some very interesting moments and a very dark Early 60’s carnival atmosphere surrounding the story.
Yeah, there’s a bad comic (Bill Ward) and Editor Don Schneider as the dull Folk singer, but they are only minor gripes.
12-4-64 – An original appearance with HG Lewis’ Two Thousand Maniacs! in Fresno California. Take a look at the final clipping in this post for something cool.
After a couple of years playing under it’s original title, reportedly first appearing in Biddleford, Maine on 2/10/1964, Steckler saw to it that it would generate more plays as a Roadshow with a gimmick under the Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary name. The ads are classic, and the choice of bonus features is very interesting as well. Many (not all) of the screens it appeared at were those which are a part of Exploitation theater history.
8-18-67, Lincoln Nebraska
1-5-68, Abilene, TX
3-8-68, Corpus Christi
Two different ads from 7-19-68 in Chicago
San Antonio 9-12-69
Del Rio 3-22-70
A 3-27-71 listing in Kansas City – Take note of the 40’s choice of co-features, Something Weird Video fans! The Park Twin has double the Hypnotic action with Horror of the Black Museum!
A 4-12-73 showing in Spokane
A 10-5-73 showing in Lewiston with HG Lewis’ Wizard of Gore!