Sunday, July 17, 2011

GHOST OF DRAGSTRIP HOLLOW (1959)

One morning I woke up a few hours earlier than normal so I flipped on the TV and right then the opening credits were coming on for some movie called GHOST OF DRAGSTRIP HOLLOW. I was confused by the bizarre title and the actions onscreen were so silly that in my sleepy state that I almost thought that it was maybe a extremely vivid dream. But it wasn't and right then and there with my eyelids so heavy I could barely keep them up I fell in love with this goofy pile of crap.

If you don't have a similar experience you might not enjoy this film quite as much as I did, but you should at least give it a try. The story (which has the depth of a Scooby-Doo mystery) is about some teenage hot rodders who lose their car club’s garage, so in the last half of the movie they set up shop in an old haunted house. Between those two events you have some soda shop dancing/singing, non-stop beatnik lingo, a shit talking parrot, a dance party and a all-girl slumber party. Finally we get to the haunted house and it’s your standard rotating fireplace/spooky sounds variety, so the gang decides to have a rock n roll party! The End.

I can't quite put my finger on why I like this film so much, but I think it’s the combination of innocence and wackiness. It's just such a strange combination. I do wish there had been more racing though. Besides the one brief race at the very beginning you barely even see a car in motion the rest of the movie!

The entire cast had really good chemistry together, but outside of Dorothy Neumann nobody ever went on to do too much of anything. Dorothy ended up (according to IMDb) having 125 actress credits in everything from Roger Corman’s THE TERROR with Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson to SORRY, WRONG NUMBER with Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster to 8 episodes of "Gunsmoke".