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Stomp! Shout! Scream! (2005) [aka Monster Beach Party A-Go-Go] is “a beach party rock & roll monster movie” written and directed by Jay Wade Edwards. Starring Claire Bronson, Jonathan Green, Mary Kraft, Cynthia Evans, Travis Young, Adrian Roberts, Bill Szymanski, Christopher Hines, Phoebe S., and Ned Hastings.

All-girl garage rock band breaks down in a sleepy southern town, but the Skunk Ape (Florida Everglades’ Bigfoot) is on the loose.

Not rated. 78 minutes. Watch the trailer here …

Featuring original music by Catfight!, The Woggles, The Evidents, The Vendettas, The Penetrators, Johnny Knox & Hi-Test, and more!!! “Stomp! Shout! Scream!”, heard in the trailer above, is one of four tracks performed by the Atlanta all-girl rock band Catfight! for the film’s fictional garage rock trio The Violas. Listen to the song again as it play’s over the film’s awesome animated opening credits courtesy of Radical Axis, Inc. here …

Film links: website/Facebook

My thoughts… Stomp! Shout! Scream! is Jay Wade Edwards’ wonderfully sincere homage to the “beach party rock & roll monster movies” of the ’60s, like The Horror of Party Beach (1964), The Beach Girls and the Monster (1965), etc. This film is so authentic that you’d swear it was made in the ’60s! In fact, the charm of Stomp! Shout! Scream! is that, unlike relatively recent tributes to the genre like Psycho Beach Party (2000), the movie is played totally straight with nary any satire or parody to be found! In addition, the soundtrack is fantastic – not just the songs by Catfight! standing in for The Violas, but the other tracks by various ’60s-inspired modern surf/garage rock bands, too! The best part of The Beach Girls and the Monster, for me, was the surfy theme song [written by Frank Sintara, Jr.!] that played endlessly throughout the film. It was covered by San Francisco surf band The Phantom Surfers on their 1992 album The Phantom Surfers Play The Songs Of The Big-Screen Spectaculars. Anyway, that song was way better than the movie. Luckily, both Stomp! Shout! Scream! and its soundtrack are awesome!

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