Even upon its release, this wasn’t the longest-titled horror movie; Roger Corman had it beat with his 1957 opus The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent. Still, Ray Dennis Steckler’s $38,000 masterpiece did boast the distinction of being “the first monster musical,” beating The Horror of Party Beach by a month. Steckler, who also starred (under the stage name Cash Flagg), wanted to call the movie The Incredibly Strange Creatures, or Why I Stopped Living and Became a Mixed-Up Zombie, but Columbia Pictures threatened to sue him over the alleged similarity to Dr Strangelove’s full title, which was filming at the same time. It’s not clear that Steckler’s compromise title worked any better on drive-in theater marquees, but it did gain a reputation as one of the worst movies ever made—and earned an episode of mockery on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1997. What really makes the title, of course, is the head-scratching punctuation—!!?—at the end.
Movies with Long Titles
- Glut’s in a Name
- Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
- The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
- Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
- To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
- The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?
- Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
- Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet, and I’m Feeling So Sad
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)