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Schlock (1973)

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A small town is terrorized by "The Banana Killer", which turns out to be the missing link between man and ape.

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John Landis

Writer:

John Landis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Landis ... Schlock
Saul Kahan Saul Kahan ... Detective Sgt. Wino
Joseph Piantadosi Joseph Piantadosi ... Ivan
Richard Gillis ... Officer Gillis
Tom Alvich Tom Alvich ... Torn Cop
Walter Levine Walter Levine ... Police Thief
Eric Allison Eric Allison ... Joe Putzman
Ralph Baker Ralph Baker ... Dying Man
Gene Fox Gene Fox ... Billy
Susan Weiser-Finley Susan Weiser-Finley ... Betty (as Susan Weiser)
Jonathan Flint Jonathan Flint ... Bobby (as Jonathan A. Flint)
Amy Schireson Amy Schireson ... Barbara
Belinda Folsey Belinda Folsey ... Goria
Emile Hamaty Emile Hamaty ... Professor Shlibovitz (as E.G. Harty)
Harriet Medin ... Mrs. Blinerman (as Enrica Blankey)
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Storyline

A monkey-type monster falls in love with a blind girl, which thinks that he's a giant dog. After kidnapping the girl and fleeing king-kong-like onto the roof of a gym, he gets involved with the army. Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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The first musical monster movie in years. See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Banana Monster See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Gazotskie Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack H. Harris agreed to distribute the film if John Landis added 10 minutes to the running time. He put up 10.000 dollars and allowed footage from two of his earlier pictures, The Blob (1958) & Dinosaurus! (1960) to be used. Landis went out and shot the extra scenes in which Schlock visits a movie theater and destroyed a car in one day. Landis toyed with the idea of advertising the fact that Steve McQueen was in the film (thanks to footage from The Blob). Years later, McQueen called him out on it, saying Landis owed him money. See more »

Quotes

Detective: [surveying a park littered with dead bodies] When I discover who or what is responsible for this... they're gonna be in *big* trouble.
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Baby Schlock as Itself See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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See You Next Wednesday
Music by David Gibson
Lyrics by John Landis
Performed by Kelley Morgan (uncredited)
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Genuinely funny horror movie parody. Neglected comedy classic
11 September 2000 | by leapsoSee all my reviews

John Landis's first movie may be as good as anything he made. "Schlock" falls in neatly with other 'progressive' US comedy movies of the early 70s, which kicked around genre conventions and added a new frankness in language and toilet humour to US film comedy vocabulary. (Others like this were sketch comedy flicks like Landis's "Kentucky Fried Movie"; plus the Mel Brooks and Woody Allen movies of around the same time).

What sets this one apart is its sustained comic atmosphere, which is goofy, laconic and giddy. Set-pieces - like the 2001 parody, the bar scene where the monster 'Schlock' observes a Jose Feliciano-like blind musician playing a piano boogie and ends up joining in, and a very funny scene where the allegedly fearful Schlock goes into a cinema to see a horror movie, and is terrified - all come off perfectly.

Some beautiful bits of background business too - the hippie in the background of the 2001 scene, just ignoring the portentous foreground action while eating his frozen custard is worth a look. This is just a really, really funny film.


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