The Crater Lake Monster
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Ed Wood on his WORST DAY didn't have continuity problems like this. It isn't just the old "day/night" problem, either - at one point, a character mentions that SIX MONTHS have gone by since the beginning of the film! (It looked more like 2-3 long days - at most.) But yes, we do have people staring up at the sunny sky and commenting on all the beautiful stars. Over half of the film is devoted to two complete imbeciles and their "funny" antics. Believe me, you will BEG for the monster to eat them both. Soon. You will never, EVER, see acting as wooden and clueless as this - the entire cast is totally, hopelessly inept, untalented, clueless and painful to watch. Oh, and all of the men in the movie are going bald, and they seem to WANT to show you their bald pates. What the...?
Scared yet? No? OK, we have a completely pointless diversion with a derelict of some sort. He's sitting in his decrepit, rancid home, and decides to make a booze run. He goes to the local Quicky-Mart and takes a pint to the register, pulls out a gun, and shoots the cashier and a customer. Why? And he just takes the pint! Later, there's a slo-mo "O.J.-style" chase so the killer can be eaten by the monster. By then, you will probably have forgotten who this guy was, but that's alright, because he has NO OTHER ROLE to play than monster-chow. Pure padding.
The monster may be one of the last of the stop-motion dinosaurs, but it's a long long way from Harryhausen. Downhill, that is. And the NON stop-motion shots of the head are side-splitting - it's just absolutely eye-rollingly pathetic.Read more ›
As the story begins, a couple of paleontology students make a `startling' discovery in an abandoned mine of native drawings that, according to one of them, must be at least 1,000 years old (yeah, right...and I was looking for the `Fresh Paint' sign...seriously, the paint couldn't have been more than a day or two old). The (ahem) ancient paintings suggests that dinosaurs and man may have co-existed at some point...but alas, this amazing discovery is soon overshadowed by the arrival of a flaming meteor from space, which lands in nearby Crater Lake, causing the mine to collapse...Read more ›
( how does a 5 foot Tractor with a front loading shovel, attack the neck of a 30 foot monster and kill it?) They didn't show it… so Im assuming the monster laid down and put his head under the shovel.
Anyone that likes creature features this will be a great addition to their collection and one worth watching.
Most disappointing--as a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I at least expected this to be set at Crater Lake, Oregon. No such luck. It would have been a camp experience to find a local connection for a dinosaur flick!
Every aspect of the film is laughable--none more so that the bad day-for-night scenes! The actors are wooden. They have bad hair. We actually root for the stop motion dinosaur to eat all of them! Sadly, some people survive.
The catatonic state of a couple of the tourists involved with the monster (the alcoholic magician and his assistant) might well mirror the state of the viewer of the film.
Sad, sad, sad....................
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this one, it is typically a B movie, but I especially enjoyed the two boys that were the comic relief. They gave me a lot of laughs.Published 8 months ago by Linda G. Williams
Ok for an older movie but there are a lot more that are better.Published 10 months ago by James L. Leininger
If you want to watch the movie for the monster. Do not expect to see a lot of it. The best part of the movie is the 2 brothers.Published 12 months ago by putder53
Another classic you should own if you are into the old scary movie thing like me! Kids love it! I had to have it & so should you!Published on December 11, 2013 by Virginia Alice Felder
Another fine example of "stop-motion" monsters and dinosaurs. It's movies like this that paved the way for Jurassic Park, Godzilla, and so many others. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Tom
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