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 ›
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....................
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.
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 4 months ago by Linda G. Williams
Ok for an older movie but there are a lot more that are better.Published 7 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 9 months ago by putder53
I loved this movie. These old 70's movies are somewhat cheesy by today's standards, but I still enjoy watching them. Read morePublished 11 months ago by wanda hardwick
Hmmm… Not sure about the ending. The rest was on par for a corny b-rated movie. Crater Lake looked more like Lake Michigan, the acting was on par with a 4th grade play, the music... Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. Holliday
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