Clips from cult movie Rat Pfink a(nd) Boo Boo



Here are a couple of clips from a 1966 movie called The Adventures of Rat Pfink a(nd) Boo Boo, made by Ray Dennis Steckler, perhaps best known for his 1964 movie, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies.

If Ray Dennis Steckler is remembered for nothing else, he should be remembered for RAT PFINK AND BOO BOO, a film that is the very definition of cult classic. In an interview on the DVD, Steckler admits he was influenced by the original 'Batman' serial, and always wanted make a movie of the Dynamic Duo. So RAT PFINK became Ray’s chance to make his childhood dream come true. It has all those great ‘Steckler’ moments - long chase scenes (from the initial mugging of the woman to a zany chase on the Rat-cycle), funky musical montages (with a great ‘60’s rock sound by Ron Haydock, a.k.a. Vin Saxon, a.k.a. Lonnie Lord), and absolute bizarreness - wait until you meet Kogar, the swingin’ ape! Acting is by the ‘regulars’ - Steckler’s kin and associates - but all do fine jobs in RAT PFINK’S wacky escapades. The music, and I would be remiss not to note the excellent theme song - is an outstanding blend of sixties surf rock and be-bop jazz.
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  1. My GOD I loved this movie when I first saw it … especially the music!

    This is, of course where the Misfits got their ever-fab song “Rat Fink” from. And then, they, themselves, owe the Ames Brothers’ “Rag Mop” a huge hat tip — and the cycle continues …

  2. These were a double feature on last week’s Turner Classic Movies’ Underground (around 2am EST on Sat mornings – hooray for DVRs!). TCM doesn’t reshow the Underground films on a regular rotation, but these will probably show up again in 3-4 months.
    http://www.tcm.com/underground/

  3. These were a double feature on last week’s Turner Classic Movies’ Underground (around 2am EST on Sat mornings – hooray for DVRs!). TCM doesn’t reshow the Underground films on a regular rotation, but these will probably show up again in 3-4 months.
    http://www.tcm.com/underground/

  4. TISCWSTaBMUZ is one of my very favorite “weird” films.which is saying something.so i guess i’ll have to check out rat pfink and booboo!

  5. Got an upside down “6” in the date, there — the movie was made in ’66, not ’96.

    Of course, when you’re talking “timeless cinematic masterpiece”, who cares?

  6. The best part was the guy standing up in the motorcycle sidecar hand-signalling a turn. Safety first!

    This is, of course where the Misfits got their ever-fab song “Rat Fink” from.

    I dunno, Big Daddy Roth might have had something to say about that…

  7. My favorite movie. The first item I ever purchased off the Internet was a VHS tape of RPABB, from Sinister Cinema (this was in 1997 I think).

  8. Misfits got “Rat Fink” from Allan Sherman. Twas the flipside to “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.”

  9. I’m partial to the lesser known “Body Fever” directed by R D Steckler. It’s in color and gets weirder after each viewing.

  10. Steckler!
    “Wild Guitar” should be touted as THE pivital anti-RIAA/recording industry movie.

    Increadibly Strange Creatures made me want to be a carnie when I was a kid. Yay for Steckler appreciation.

  11. I caught the last 20 minutes of this movie on television last Friday night in a Pismo Beach hotel. I was riveted and confused by it. The first thing I did when I got home was Google it.

  12. I read somewhere that the spelling of “Pfink” was a mistake by the guy who did the opticals for the credits & Steckler couldn’t afford to have them redone so he just went with it.

    (I think it was in an interview with Steckler in the Re/Search classic “Incredibly Strange Films”).

  13. Oops! It was the “A Boo Boo” part. It was supposed to be “And Boo Boo” as noted with the “A(nd)” in the post.

    (my bad)

  14. Yay! I just caught “…Strange Creatures..” Friday night on TCM Underground. Started watching Rat Pfink, but it was 4 in the morning and I drifted off. I am now a Stickler (Cash Flagg) fan for life. Anyone else think he resembles Nicholas Cage?

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