THE UNDERTAKER AND HIS PALS (1966) – The Dungeon Review!

A macabre story of two motorcycle-riding, knife-wielding, shiv-shaving, eye-gouging, arm-twisting, chain-lashing, scalpel-flashing, acid-throwing, gun-shooting, bone-breaking, pathological nuts and their pal the UNDERTAKER. Is it just me or is that the most awesome tagline ever?!

Have you ever perused the titles in Something Weird’s library? They have the most wonderfully eclectic selection of underground films! The special features included on Something Weird films are quite awesome and always features tons of trailers for the other peculiarities in their catalog. Not all of their films are winners, by a long shot, but they are at very least curiosities. Despite the fact that it looks like hell and the acting is generally bad; The Undertaker and His Pals is actually quite entertaining. This film has plenty working against it, but damn if it didn’t make me laugh, and hard a few times. Some of the jokes fail miserably, but most of the humour really tickled me! There is even a couple, dare I say, clever moments! There is also a decent body count and gore! Yes, delicious redder than red blood and entrail fondling no less! The tongue is definitely planted firmly in cheek in T.L.P. Swicegood’s The Undertaker and His Pals.

The Undertaker’s pals are a daft duo who owns the local cafe. The trio conspires to kill women, but it is strictly business. The undertaker gets a funeral and the daft duo get a new item for the cafe’s daily special. Not to mention one of the cafe’s owners is an aspiring surgeon! Practice makes perfect don’t you know? The following selection of screenshots should nicely prepare you for the good badness that is The Undertaker and His Pals. Heads up…spoilers below!

This is The Undertaker and His Pals.

This is our first victim, Ms. Lamb. Notice the color; or more accurately, the lack of color?

Ms. Lamb is stabbed good and is suddenly in color! Was this intentional? Hard to say. This is definitely not a pretty film. They also cut off both of her legs…more on that later.

This is the reaction from her Navy man after she is stabbed. What can I say? Totally hokey, but it sure did give me a laugh!

The undertaker comforts Ms. Lamb’s relatives. Well not really. The undertaker is a total sleazebag and a con artist. During a spirited argument with the relatives about the  exorbitant bill he suggests that a kids coffin would have been cheaper (she does not have any legs afterall). You really have to see how the undertaker “painted” Ms. Lamb!

This is the special of the day at the cafe. Again, hokey, but it made me laugh!

This is detective Harry Glass and his girl, Ms. Poultry. She dies. But don’t be sad, it is quite funny actually!

This is Friday, you will meet her sister Thursday shortly.

This is what Friday looks like on the inside. Isn’t she beautiful? Doc asks as he is fondling her innards. Entrail fondling always reminds me of H.G. Lewis!

Preparing the next day’s special. Yummy!

This is Friday’s twin sister Thursday. Yep.

A scene with the undertaker chasing Thursday up some stairs while silent film music plays is downright brilliant!

Ms. Lamb pops out of a coffin during the credits. Fun!

Recommended? You bet!

Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: T.L.P. Swicegood

Starring: Ray Dannis, Warrene Ott, James Westmoreland, Marty Friedman, Sally Frei, Rick Cooper, Robert Lowery, Ryck Rydon, Charles Fox, Karen Ciral, Dodie Warren

12 Responses to “THE UNDERTAKER AND HIS PALS (1966) – The Dungeon Review!”

  1. Sounds like my kind of movie. I’m sure, I’ll even overlook all it’s faults.

    • goregirl Says:

      Very low budget; can’t tell if it is night or day half the time but it really tickled me! Come on…leg of lamb! I say definitely worth checking out if you have a tolerance for such fare!

  2. I have to see this.

  3. Saw this at the drive-in on a glorious triple bill with The Corpse Grinders and The Embalmer in the Summer of 1972.

  4. A slight film way ahead of it’s time in it knowingness (i.e., the undertaker chasing Thursday, she moving ever-faster, he moving ever-slower… but still right on her heels; for its time, such a clever conceit).

    IMO, you certainly have the number of this little gem, goregirl.

    Thanks for the write-up!

  5. Which actor played doc????? I can’t find him anywhere was it Marty Friedman? 😦

  6. Can’t wait to check this one out!

  7. Just saw it for the first time last night, totally dug it. Kind of plays like an HG Lewis but with it’s own style and much more comical. Was trying to place some of the locations, looks like LA and I thought I saw a bit of Mailbu in there towards the end. Film runs only 66 mins but it’s perfect for this fare, better they kept it moving along and I love what they did at the end with the characters (no spoilers here!)

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