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The Crater Lake Monster

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Researchers from the local university make an astounding discovery in an ancient cave near Crater Lake. Breaking into an unknown tunnel they find prehistoric paintings on the walls that depict humans battling a gigantic dinosaur. But weren't dinosaurs extinct by the time man arrived on the scene? The answer isn't long in coming. A meteor has crashed into the lake incubating an egg that lay dormant for ages. A monstrous aquatic dinosaur emerges from the depths wreaking havoc on the once-peaceful town. The researchers Dan Susan and Doc come up with a daring plan to capture the beast alive for the sake of science but they'll have to race against time and a dedicated sheriff Steve Hanson who's ready to blow the creature back to kingdom come.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: SCI-FI/FANTASY UPC: 603497606320 Manufacturer No: 976063

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  • Actors: Richard Cardella, Glen Roberts, Mark Siegel, Bob Hyman, Richard Garrison
  • Directors: William R. Stromberg
  • Writers: Richard Cardella, William R. Stromberg
  • Producers: William R. Stromberg
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Crater Lake Monster" on IMDb

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OK, first thing - why is this the "Crater Lake" monster? The lake is OBVIOUSLY not THE Crater Lake of Oregon. It's a long, narrow lake, nothing remotely "crater-ish" about it. But that's nit-picking compared to the rest.
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.
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...goes against every natural law." Hmmm...that's exactly what I was thinking about this film as I watched it last night. The front of this Rhino DVD release for The Crater Lake Monster (1977) lists Stuart Whitman, Stella Stevens, and Tony Bill as the stars, but after watching the film last night, none of these three actors appear in this feature...a little research indicates they did appear together, in a film titled Las Vegas Lady (1975), which was also released to DVD by Rhino, so I suspect some sort of printing mix up (I kinda wish they had mixed up the films, as I feel Las Vegas Lady had to have been better than what I saw)...produced and directed by William R. Stromberg (gee his only film to date...big surprise), the film stars Richard Cardella (who also wrote this turkey), Glen Roberts (who looks quite a bit like George `Buck' Flowers), Mark Siegel (who would later discover his true calling behind the scenes, creating creatures for such films like Ghost Busters, Dune, and Poltergeist II), and Bob `Buster' Hyman (I'm speculating his nickname, given his last name).

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...
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This is a truly terrible film!

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....................
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A dinosaur egg lays frozen at the bottom of Crater Lake. One day a meteor falls into the lake, heating the water, incubating the egg, and VOILA....there's a rampaging dinosaur on the loose! Plotwise it's got all the fixins for a cheap and fun monster movie. The unfortunate thing is that the fun is missing.
The movie does seem to be a kind of tribute the monster movies of the 50s, but Tremors it isn't. The dinosaur itself is stop motion animation and the close up head shots are a big plaster looking thing. I certainly have no problem with these things, I love that kind of stuff. It just seems like too much screen time is devoted to these two nitwits who rent out boats. They're played for comic relief and this might have worked if they were actually funny and not simply irritating.
Not much else I can really say about it. I like the effort, but the formula just didn't seem to work so well this time.
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