Lemon Grove Kids meet the Monsters - Trilogy (DVD)
Ray Dennis Steckler is no stranger to "Psychotronic" film buffs, having created such legendary 60s era indies as the super hero spoof RAT PFINK AND BOO BOO (also available on DVD from Media Blasters) and the lengthy titled monster musical THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES. Another perhaps lesser-known effort was THE LEMON GROVE KIDS MEET THE MONSTERS, which is actually three 16mm shorts edited together (with separate credits for each), blown up to 35mm, and unleashed to kiddie matinees sometime in the late 60s.
The three 16mm shorts that the feature are comprised of are: THE LEMON GROVE KIDS, LEMON GROVE KIDS MEET THE GREEN GRASSHOPPER AND THE VAMPIRE LADY FROM OUTER SPACE and LEMON GROVE KIDS GO HOLLYWOOD. The first episode has Steckler's Huntz Hall clone Gopher and a bogus Leo Gorcey named Slug (Mike Cannon) and their neighborhood pals involved in a cross-country race with a rival gang. This concludes with an attack by a Lon Chaney-like mummy played none other than Bob Burns. A gorilla and Rat Phink also make an appearance. The second episode has Gopher, Slug, some other guys and kiddies running into a vampire woman and grasshopper man who kidnap unsuspecting neighbors, putting them in a trance. The last story has no Slug (sort of like what happened to the real Bowery Boys when Gorcey left), but Gopher, a guitar-strumming Ray Haydock, and some children trying to safe a Tinseltown starlet from a duo of bumbling thugs. Here, Gopher doesn't wear the trademark upturned baseball cap, but the reason is easily explained in the accompanying director's interview and commentary.
Director: Don Russell, Sidney G. Koss
Actors: Cash Flagg, Mike Cannon
Regional Code: 1 / NTSC
Subtitles: Picture Format: 4x3 Fullscreen
Length: 78 Minutes
Extras: * A Steckler interview
* Steckler commentary