[[caption-width-right:300:AKA '''[[TheContributors Tropers]]'''.]]

Originally titled ''The Incredibly Strange Creature: Or Why I Stopped Living and Became a Mixed-Up Zombie''; you can see [[Film/DrStrangelove why they were forced to change it]] by Creator/ColumbiaPictures. (Why Columbia would bother to threaten a lawsuit is an utter mystery.)

This freaky little film with the [[LongTitle famously unwieldy title]] was directed by the late Ray Dennis Steckler. [[BlitheSpirit Unemployed, free-wheeling]] Jerry (Steckler under the pseudonym Cash Flagg) and his "foreign" roommate Harold have fun with Jerry's well-to-do girlfriend Angela; he takes her to places she's never dreamed of -- like the amusement park in Long Beach. Oh, and he's totally into that night club/strip joint on the carnival's main concourse, to Angela's ire. Oops. Unfortunately for Jerry, the stripper he's interested in is the sister of the film's BigBad, evil [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} fortune-teller]] Estrella, who keeps a harem of acid-deformed "zombies" in her place of business, attached to the night club on the carnival's concourse. Oops! Oddly enough, people keep tumbling onto Estrella's [[strike:dahrty leetle seecret]] dirty little secret, and so she hypnotizes Jerry and sends him out to silence them, then tosses him aside. Eventually the "zombies" escape their evil mistress and begin a campaign of minor mayhem through the carnival concourse before being gunned down. Jerry too, being mistaken for one of them, is chased by over-eager young cops out to the beach for a final confrontation.

''The Incredibly Strange Creatures'' (for those of us who don't have the pecs to swing the full title around) billed itself as "the first monster musical!" beating out ''Film/TheHorrorOfPartyBeach'' by a month. Considering the general crappiness of either film, the "honor" involved is dubious at best. Like that movie, it features many incidental song-and-dance numbers performed at the carnival's night club. Almost all of these performances were [[AnInsert inserted]] into the film wholesale and have [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment no bearing, narrative or thematic, on the story]]. The only connection is one night club dancer who figures into the plot as a victim.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E12TheIncrediblyStrangeCreatures episode recap page]].

!! "The Incredibly Strange Tropes Who Stopped Living and Became a Mixed-Up Index":

* BigBad: Estrella.
* BlitheSpirit: The film tries to pass off its [[strike:hero]] [[strike:protagonist]] main character as this, but he mostly comes across as an irresponsible deadbeat.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Jerry.
* {{BSOD Song}}: An incredibly slow, heavily muffled version of "Rawhide," apparently. Uh, alright, then...
* ButterFace: Madam Estrella, while not ugly ([[HollywoodHomely except claimed in the movie]]), has a pretty nice body.
* CannotTellAJoke: The comedian in the nightclub is horrendous, especially his timing on the "my mother irons and my father steals" joke, which was really old even when this movie was made.
* CatapultNightmare: Oddly enough, ''Harold'' catapults during ''Jerry's'' nightmare.
* CatsAreMagic: Drunkard dancer Marge Neilson sees a black cat in her dressing room, setting off the events of the movie.
* DeathByDisfigurement: Every single one of the zombies. Even Jerry, who's pretty much physically and mentally fine except for a little scarring.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The zombies of the title don't appear until the very end of the movie and then get killed before they can do anything.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Jerry's dream sequence.
-->'''Tom Servo''': ''I think I'm freaking out...''
* DownerEnding: Jerry is shot and dies. The, er, end.
* ExtremeDoormat: Angela is remarkably forgiving of Jerry after he tried to strangle her.
* {{Fanservice}}: Carmelita's striptease is the most notable scene, but really, the film seems more about just watching women sing and dance in provocative costumes than anything else.
* FemmeFatale: Carmelita the stripper.
* GoryDiscretionShot / ShadowDiscretionShot: Jerry's murders are depicted in this manner.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Estrella opens the door where the zombies she has created are being stashed. They get out with no fuss whatsoever and promptly kill her, Carmelita, and Ortega.
* TheIgor: Ortega.
* InformedAttractiveness: Carmelita's cute and all, but she's not quite the ravishing seductress the movie wants her to be.
* AnInsert: "So the director just filmed an 'open mic' night and made it half his movie?"
* LargeHam: Estrella.
* LongTitle
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's never really made clear whether Madame Estrella has any real prognostication abilities or not. She performs a couple of fortune readings over the course of the story which ultimately prove entirely accurate; but while these are pretty much [[SelfFulfillingProphecy Self-Fulfilling Prophecies]], they become so only after the reading has been made [[note]]Marge gets her fortune read -- the Death Card -- then stumbles upon Estrella's zombie harem and must be eliminated; Angela is told someone close to her will soon die -- and later Jerry is hypnotized into a murderer and subsequently shot by police[[/note]].
* MonsterMisogyny: Like many serial killers, this killer's targets are female (though he does kill a couple guys while he's at it).
* MoreThanMindControl: Jerry seems pretty easy to hypnotize.
* {{NEET}}: Jerry is an unemployed slacker with no ambition to be anything else.
* NiceHat: The carnival barker's straw boater.
-->'''Barker:''' Oh, uh... ''I'll'' wash the dishes. [tips hat in a playfully rakish manner]\\
'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike:]]''' With my ''hat''.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: And by "zombie," we mean "acid-scarred hypnotized serial killer." Though, admittedly, "hypnotized slave" is more in-line with the popular idea of a zombie at the time. And save for Jerry (who uses a knife), their killing method is the same as every other monster from the era: Putting both hands around the victim's neck and bodily shaking back and forth until deadness ensues.
* PinballProtagonist: Jerry. When he's not being hypnotized and controlled by Estrella and Carmelita, he's being otherwise useless. Neither he nor anyone else actually do anything to stop the antagonists, who do a good job bringing about their own downfall.
* ProfessionalSlacker: Jerry.
-->'''Jerry:''' "Her mother doesn't like anything, especially me."
-->'''Harold:''' "Well, if you get a job or something, she might change her mind, you know?"
-->'''Jerry:''' "A JOB?! Be a little discreet about that, will you, Harold? Somebody's liable to hear you. "
-->'''Harold:''' "Well, you gotta do something, you know?"
-->'''Jerry:''' "Why? The world's here to be enjoyed, not to make you depressed. That's what work does, Harold, it makes you feel depressed."
* RightWayWrongWayPair: Jerry and Harold have shades of this. Jerry is a huge slacker who refuses to work and is a bit of an unfeeling jerk to Angela and women in general while Harold seems to be a nice, responsible, easygoing good guy who even suggests to Jerry that Jerry should get a job. Though it's unstated, it's likely that he owns the car and earns an income to pay the rent. Harold would probably be a much better boyfriend to Angela. Even [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike and The Bots]] acknowledge this.
-->'''Mike:''' "''[[Literature/GoofusAndGallant Goofus & Gallant]]: The Movie!''"
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: It's never stated outright, but Estrella fits the mold in practically every way.
* [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]]: Marge, the drunken night club dancer, gets the ball rolling for her own murder when she accidentally stumbles onto Estrella's zombie harem. Later on another dancer, Stella, becomes suspicious of Estrella, and becomes her next target as a result.
* ShrugTake:
-->'''Dancer:''' That's your idea of a big evening? I should slave over a hot stove cooking dinner for you?\\
'''Barker:''' Why not?\\
'''Dancer:''' [ShrugTake] Who's going to wash the dishes?
* StopOrIWillShoot: As unarmed Jerry attempts to flee the police at the end of the movie, he climbs up a large rock face to escape. One of the police who's been chasing him can't be bothered to follow, and simply shoots him from ground level.
* TarotTroubles: Along with performing a palm-reading and a crystal ball reading for the protagonists, Estrella also performs a tarot reading for the superstitious dancer Marge. Marge freaks out and bolts after drawing the Death card[[note]]As with most productions, they confuse the Death card with actual Death. In Tarot, the Death card means "change". Reversed, it means "disastrous change". The Tower and 10 of Swords would be more forboding.[[/note]], accidentally stumbling upon Estrella's "pets" and [[SelfFulfillingProphecy setting off the events that]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch lead to her murder]].
* TooDumbToLive: Jerry. Knowing full well that something sinister happened to him in Carmelita's dressing room (although not quite remembering what), he goes to confront her, then -- at her insistence -- steps behind the curtain again without a second thought, allowing himself to be captured and hypnotized again.
* TheUnintelligible: Ortega.
* WordSaladTitle: Taken to its [[LongTitle logical extreme]].
* ZombieApocalypse: Attempted, but it's hard when you only have four zombies.
** Zombies who get dispatched so quickly and easily after killing only a few people.