24 February 2012

"THE UNDERTAKER AND HIS PALS" (Pure Terror 50 Movies Pack, #41)


USA, 1966
Director: T.L.P. Swicegood


According to this Fearnet Interview, this little piece of lowest-budget schlock is one of Mercedes Lander's (drummer of KITTIE, greatest metal-girl-band in the world!) alltime horror movie favorites - I must admit, the lady has taste! :-)

"The Undertaker And His Pals" is another splendid highlight in this wonderful movie box. A hilarious exploitation-cheesefest (that looks a bit like Herschell Gordon Lewis' "Blood Feast") about 3 motorcyclists, a greedy undertaker, the dumb owner of the 'Greasy Spoon Cafe' and a nutty ex-med-student, who roam the streets and kill young girls to 'recycle' their bodies for different purposes: 
the cafe owner feeds various body parts to his customers, the ex-student tries out his surgeries on the dead girls, and the rest gets buried by the undertaker.

The movie is packed with incredibly funny scenes that made me giggle
like an idiot: 
the picture of a sailor that changes its expression, the undertaker accidentally playing a rock record at a funeral, the cafe owner getting a pie in his face, the undertaker accidentally stepping on a skateboard, the skeleton in the acid barrel, the wood-box casket etc. etc.

The characters are all incredibly silly, especially the med-student who thinks he can heal 'hunger pains' by doing some surgery ROFL. There's a woman called Miss Poultry, and 2 sisters called Thursday and Friday.
We get some wonderfully gory and very Herschell-esque kills (cut off legs, cut off breasts, axe in face etc.), lots of witty dialogue ("What's this?" - "Lamb." - "That's not lamb." - "Taste it again!") and an ingenious soundtrack that consists of 60s rock pop, weird New orleans blues and silent movie music.

I don't care about the cheap settings, the amateurish editing and the rubbish script - this movie is a blast!


  1. Oh yeah, this is a goodie! I was lucky enough to see it projected (16mm) back in college with a raucous crowd of horror fans. What a great screening! Glad you enjoyed it, MM! Spiffy review!

  2. If I would be the owner of an oldschool drive-in theater, I would show this as a double feature together with The Werewolf Of Washington LOL :)

  3. "I don't care about the cheap settings, the amateurish editing and the rubbish script - this movie is a blast!"

    Hahaha. That's quite an endorsement! I don't know anything about this movie, but I love the cover/poster art!

  4. LOL I really recommend this movie. It's an obvious no-budget-flick made by unexperienced amateurs - but it's sooo much fun! :)

  5. I am all about the cheesy fun and this looks like it has it in spades. I'll have to find this one and give it a watch.

  6. A party movie, best enjoyed with a few friends, lots of popcorn and lots of booze :)


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