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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on the Pretty Terrible 'Horror of Party Beach'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood September 10, 2012 at 2:48PM

John Landis starts the "Mutants, Ghosts & Devils" week with the trailer for "The Horror of Party Beach"...
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'The Horror of Party Beach'
'The Horror of Party Beach'

John Landis starts the "Mutants, Ghosts & Devils" week with the trailer for "The Horror of Party Beach"...

This mini-budget Connecticut-shot indie originally featured garbage-like monster designs that recalled the Mad Magazine character The Heap, but somewhere along the way these pollution-created monsters were re-imagined to look more like the rubbery "bears" familiar from The Outer Limits tv series. Some theaters encouraged customers to sign a "Fright Release" before they could see the picture. In any case it's a pretty terrible movie.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.