The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (episode 812) is an interminably long and meandering story about a carnival fortune-teller (Brett O'Hara) who apparently has the power to curse her customers. Through a series of confusing developments, this fate befalls Jerry (played, with intense blandness, by the film's director and Nicolas Cage look-a-like, Ray Dennis Steckler), who wanders around under hypnosis killing innocent people. None of it seems to have anything to do with zombies until, several unnecessary musical numbers in, some zombie creatures finally show up in the last 15 minutes to wreak some havoc on the carnival.
Mike and the bots get the most mileage out of the film's woefully incompetent dance sequences, particularly the last one ("Shrimp out of shape?" "Schick out of shape." "Well, then try Gillette!"), and Steckler's terrible performance ("I remain unaffected."), with a few choice sub-targets in the movie's supposedly sexy Carmelita (Erina Enyo) and her manly legs, excessively large hairstyles, and Jerry's heavily accented best friend. During the host segments, the gang peeks in on Pearl, saddled with babysitting duty before trying on the gigantic beehive wigs for themselves. Servo also unveils the remarkable full name of "Helping Children Through Research and Development", which is apparently an acronym.
On one hand, Incredibly Strange Creatures... is a solid episode of the show, but it's hard to get around the steep price tag and the fact that the discs are just one episode (movie length notwithstanding) of a television show. I don't want to put the blame on Shout! -- licensing fees for the films themselves is likely expensive, not to mention a potential logistical and legal hassle if the title has changed hands -- but it's hard to imagine copies flying out the door. Perhaps Shout! should look into an "assemble your own box set" option on the website (akin to Adult Swim's current custom DVD setup) for future releases.
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