Monster Beach Party

Monster Beach Party


Cool retro popcorn movie set in 1966 featuring an All-Girl Rock Band, the legend of the Skunk Ape and a Beach Party!

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Cool retro popcorn movie set in 1966 featuring an All-Girl Rock Band, the legend of the Skunk Ape (Florida Everglades’ version of Bigfoot) and a Beach Party! The action starts when All-Girl Rock band, The Violas, tour van breaks down in a small mysterious southern beach community. Stuck with no money until local mechanic Hector offers them a deal – play his annual beach party and he’ll fix their van for free! However, unbeknownst to the girls the local police are investigating strange happenings and have brought in big shot Scientist John Patterson to help solve the mystery. Now the party is happening, a monster is on the loose and it all comes together at the biggest beach party of the year!


Running Time: 78 minutes
Format: 1:85
Sound: Stereo
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Language: English
Country: USA


Directed by: Jay Edwards
Starring: Claire Bronson, Mary Kraft, Jonathan Michael Green, , Cynthia Evans, Adrian Roberts, Christopher Hines and Bill Szymanski


Winner: Best Feature Film — Toofy Film Festival
Official Selection — FILMSTOCK Film Festival
World Premiere — Austin Film Festival
Official Selection — Calgary Fringe Film Festival
Nominee: Best Cinematography — B-Movie Film Festival
Official Selection — Atlanta Underground Film Fest
Nominee: Best Set Design — B-Movie Film Festival
Official Selection — Backseat Film Festival (Philadelphia)
Official Selection — Rome International Film Festival
Official Selection — Maryland Film Festival
Official Selection — Eerie Horror Film Festival
Official Selection — Sarasota Film Festival
Official Selection — Indie Memphis Film Festival
Official Selection — Red Bank Int’l Film Festival
Official Selection — Portland Underground Film Festival
Opening Night Selection — Dead Center Film Festival (Oklahoma)

“MONSTER BEACH PARTY sticks to its guns and delivers a send-up that is equally cheesy as its predecessors, but at the same time, equally charming. Almost right away, you can tell that Edwards knows what he’s doing in steering this parody/send-up. Authentic-looking production design and costumes, bright and colourful cinematography and character-wise, the film nails it again. Everyone involved gets what Edwards was trying to do, and provide great performances in response. At the end of the day, MONSTER BEACH PARTY is a delight!”
Pat Torfe,

“Coming up on the show is Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Jay Wade Edwards. His new fright flick MONSTER BEACH PARTY is a delightful homage to/entry in the beach party/monster/ridiculously funny subgenre of Sixties drive-in fare, packed with rock & roll, bouffant hairdos, bikinis, and cheesy monsters (well, one, anyway). But it’s a genuinely funny flick and is in theaters now…”
Craig Ferguson, The Late Late Show

“Jay Wade Edwards succeeds with his new fun flick — Monster Beach Party. He has created a richly nostalgic Florida atmosphere in the process. And the songs the Violas perform are truly inspired. It’s hard not to lose yourself and have fun with this movie…”
Atlanta Creative Loafing

“…a funny, funny, goofy, silly romp in honor to the great 60’s B- flick horror beach films!”
Baltimore City Paper

“Inspiration can come from the strangest places sometimes. “Monster Beach Party is a groovy movie. It has so many elements going on that just about any movie buff of the late 1960’s will enjoy it. Fans of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello beach movies like “Beach Blanket Bingo” (1965) will dig it, as will fans of the Herschell Gordon Lewis film “Blast-Off Girls” (1967) and the best part — it’s silly enough for kids today to love it too!”
Chicago Reader

“Take a big slice of beach movies, a generous helping of nature-revenge films, and put a pinch of King Kong iconography into a blender, and what do you get? An amusing amalgamation that writer-director Jay Wade Edwards (of Aqua Teen Colon Hunger Force fame) calls “Monster Beach Party”. The visual design and the narrative of the film accumulate into a sweet can of camp, making the film a ridiculously delightful cinematic experience.
Stina Chyn, Film Threat

” Edwards’ loving homage to the short-lived beach-party-by-way-of-horror-film genre of the mid-Sixties does it better than American International Pictures ever did, with canny nods along the way to Them, Jaws, and Roger Corman’s own B-movies. It’s nearly as much fun as an episode of Hullabaloo, snappy bouffants, earnest braniacs, hippy-hippy-shake, and all at the same time…”
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

“Wanna have some fun this Spring? Then clear a spot on the living room floor, throw down a beach blanket, kill the lights, and pop a copy of Monster Beach Party in the DVD player!”
Sci Fi Dimensions

“Monster Beach Party is a parody of ’60s beach movies with enough gags to amuse kids today. There are some uniquely Adult Swim elements (like a sing-along about syphilis) that 20 Somethings will enjoy this movie. For the most part, the film is campy and fun with a lot of rock n roll thrown in for good measure, but overall, it’s great recreation of beach-blanket mayhem.”
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian

“Is the indie Monster Beach Party a satire for the ages? Well, the plot sounds coolio — all-girl garage band is menaced by a Southern-fried Bigfoot named the Skunk Ape — and it’s got three major things going for it: 1) it bears the hip imprimatur of Jay Wade Edwards (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Adult Swim), 2) it has a kickin’ soundtrack that includes tracks by Catfight, The Woggles, The Evidents, The Hate Bombs, The Vendettas, and The Penetrators, and 3) it simultaneously sends up beach flicks and lousy monster movies, potentially appealing to both audiences. Yeah – it’s great!”
Ain’t It Cool News

“A valentine to the creature features of the 1960s, the film has an unexpectedly low-key presence, accepting the challenge of recreating beach party horror with refreshing semi-seriousness. The fact that “Monster Beach Party” avoids absolute camp is remarkable, gifting the film a few pleasures it wouldn’t otherwise own if Edwards decided to crack up the winky outrageousness. While still steeped in genre satire, the picture plays kindly, enjoying the moment. The actors are pitch perfect too…”