[[caption-width-right:274: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 [[Creator/NicolasCage Nicolas Cage]]-a-like Ray Dennis Steckler. [[BlitheSpirit Unemployed, free-wheeling]] Jerry (director 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 out in Long Beach. Oh, and he's totally into that night club/strip joint on the carnival's main concourse, much 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'' to the honor by a mere month. Considering the general crappiness of either film, the "honor" involved in that is dubious at best. Like that movie, it features many incidental song-and-dance numbers, ostensibly performed at the carnival's night club. It should be noted, of course, that almost all of these performances were [[AnInsert inserted]] into the film wholesale and therefore have [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment absolutely no bearing, narrative or thematic or otherwise, on the story]]; the only connection is one particular night club dancer who figures into the plot (only 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: Maoam Estrella, while not ugly, [[HollywoodHomely except claimed in the movie]] has a pretty nice body.
* CatapultNightmare: oddly enough, ''Harold'' catapults during ''Jerry's'' nightmare.
* 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.
* {{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.
* 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
* 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 hypnotise.
* 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.
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: it's never stated outright, but Estrella fits the mold in practically every way.
* 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?
* TooDumbToLive: Jerry
* TheUnintelligible: Ortega
* WordSaladTitle: Taken to its [[LongTitle logical extreme]].
* ZombieApocalypse: Attempted, but it's hard when you only have four zombies.