Context: Watched some of this movie on an old 14” B&W Tuner TV in the 80s. I’d left the TV on, and woke during the night to it playing. It’s bugged me for decades what it is. Hope someone can help.

What I remember: A monster/creature playing an instrument: a flute or lyre. The associated scenes would cut between the creature, (who my memory is now confusing with Frank Sidebottom), people playing volleyball/badminton, and then a couple in bed.

Sorry there’s not more information, and no plot, but I switched the TV off and went back to sleep.

Probably airing on either BBC2 or Channel 4 (UK).

Although I was watching it on a B&W TV, it felt like it could have been B&W, maybe made in the 60s, and had the feel of an old “nudist retreat” documentary, but with a weirdo playing a flute.



Answered question

Maybe the laughable “The Monster of Camp Sunshine or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nature”? It’s a long shot, but might be worth looking up on imdb. It is a B&W nudist camp film from 1964. Something Weird released it on DVD, pairing it with another nudist camp horror title, “The Beast Who Killed Women” (which I didn’t watch). I watched my DVD only once, years ago, and my recollection is really fuzzy. I don’t remember “The Monster” playing a lute, and that is the detail you remember best. It does have a really cool animated opening credit sequence that looked like the credit sequence for “Monthy Python’s Flying Circus”. And it has a truly bizarre ending — ten or twenty minutes of stock footage of WWII battle scenes. In between there are endless scenes of nude people playing croquet, badminton, and picnicking (with all the naughtiest bits strategically covered), while the camp’s chubby, idiot gardener (transformed into a monster by toxic waste) lumbers around with an ax menacing the poor nudists.