Get Yourself a College Girl, also released as The Swinging Set, is a 1964 Metrocolor film comedy in the style of a beach party movie. The plot involves a college co-ed who tries to balance her time writing songs and dealing with her publisher who tries to pursue her. It was directed by Sidney Miller and written by Robert E. Kent, and filmed at Sun Valley, Idaho, United States.
Turner Classic Movies critic Mel Neuhaus calls it “A curious 1964 hybrid of teen movie musical with pre-feminist overtones as well as a parody of moralistic anti-rock message films.” It is notable for the appearance of Astrud Gilberto, the Brazilian singer who sang the international hit song “The Girl from Ipanema”, appearing as herself in the film.
The Creeping Terror is a 1964 horror/science fiction film, directed by and starring Vic Savage. The plot involves a slug-like monster terrorizing an American town after escaping from a crashed spaceship. The Creeping Terror is widely considered to be one of the worst films of all time. In September 1994, The Creeping Terror was the subject of derisive riffing on the satirical television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, solidifying its cult status.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 American science fiction horror comedy film directed by Nicholas Webster, written by Paul L. Jacobson based on a story by Glenville Mareth, stars John Call as Santa Claus, and features an eight year old Pia Zadora as one of the Martian children. The film also marks the first documented appearance of Mrs. Claus in a motion picture (Doris Rich plays the role), coming three weeks before the television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which also featured the character.
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (sometimes “!!?” is appended to the title) is a 1964 American monster movie written and directed by Ray Dennis Steckler. Steckler also starred in the film, billed under the pseudonym “Cash Flagg”. Upon release, the film was widely panned and is regarded by some critics as being one of the worst movies ever made.
In the film, three friends visit a carnival and stumble into a group of occultists and disfigured monsters. Produced on a $38,000 budget, much of it takes place at The Pike amusement park in Long Beach, California, which resembles Brooklyn’s Coney Island. The film was billed as the first “monster musical”, beating out The Horror of Party Beach by a mere month in release date.
Kwaidan , literally “ghost stories” is a 1964 Japanese anthology horror film directed by Masaki Kobayashi. It is based on stories from Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folk tales, mainly Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, for which it is named. The film consists of four separate and unrelated stories. Kwaidan is an archaic transliteration of Kaidan, meaning “ghost story”. It won the Special Jury Prize at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars from 1964 was filmed in stunning Techniscope. This science fiction classic retelling of the story by Daniel Defoe was directed by Byron Haskin, produced by Aubrey Schenck and starred Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin and a young Adam West. It was released on DVD for the first time as a special edition from the prestigous Criterion Collection in 2007.
The Last Man on Earth (Italian: L’ultimo uomo della Terra) is a 1964 horror/science fiction film based upon the Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend (1954). The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent Price. The script was written in part by Matheson, but he was dissatisfied with the result and was therefore credited as “Logan Swanson”. William Leicester, Furio M. Monetti, and Ubaldo Ragona were the other writers.