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Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

John Bailey , Kitana Baker  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Bailey, Kitana Baker, Elisabeth Beristain, Gabriel Beristain, David A. Davidson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006UEVNQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Incident at Loch Ness" on IMDb

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Nothing is quite as it seems in Incident at Loch Ness, an entertaining pseudo-documentary comment on cinematic fakery. Conceived and directed by Hollywood screenwriter Zak Penn, this half-clever ruse begins with a master-stroke by casting German director Werner Herzog as himself, preparing to film a documentary about Scotland's mysterious Loch Ness monster. As this film-within-a-film is chronicled by a documentary crew led by renowned cinematographer John Bailey, "producer" Penn rises to apparently impossible heights of ineptitude, until it becomes obvious (indeed, it's the film's near-fatal flaw) that there is no "reality" here at all--just a very amusing pile-up of falsehoods. Penn's onto something good here, and Herzog is by far the film's greatest asset, maintaining a credible commitment to the ruse with a hilarious and fiercely believable performance. Still, the ideas at play are better than Penn's execution of them, so you'll have to play along, in Blair Witch fashion, even after the film's ploy becomes clear. Penn and Herzog provide a worthwhile commentary track, adding another layer of observation to Penn's multilayered con game. --Jeff Shannon

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Incident at Loch Ness chronicles the story of the making (an unmaking) of acclaimed director, Werner Herzog's film. Herzog's stated intent was "to explore the origin and the necessity of the monster" rather than to look for the creature itself. Shocking, controversial and strangely humorous, the film raises many questions about where reality ends and fiction begins.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD extras January 10, 2006
I didn't know what to expect when I was given this dvd as a Christmas gift. I enjoyed the film very much, mostly due to Werner Herzog's performance. He shines despite Zack Penn's best efforts to steal the lime light. Although I didn't get all the jokes, I found myself laughing throughout most of the film.

What I was most happy about was all the dvd easter eggs. Without giving it away, I'll say the commentary by Werner and Zack was by far the most entertaining commentary I've heard.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST NON-CHRISTOPHER GUEST MOCKUMENTARY EVER February 24, 2005
I used to be such a huge fan of Christopher Guest's movies but it seems to me that recently, they've all started to feel exactly the same. The same actors, the same jokes... I'm bored. That's why I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this movie at a film festival. If you like mockumentaries, this is like a breath of fresh air. It's the story of how Werner Herzog tries to shoot a documentary on the Loch Ness Monster but everything goes horribly wrong.

Part of the brilliance of the movie is the use of Werner Herzog as the lead character. As a fan of his, I never could have imagined that he would have appeared in a film like this. The film sends up Herzog's reputation of being demanding and violent on the set perfectly... for example, in this movie, demonic producer Zak Penn pulls a gun on him (echoing the near-legendary confrontation between Herzog and Kinski in Aguirre). There are a lot of moments like this for the cinefile who knows enough about the director to be surprised and amused. Kudos to Werner Herzog for being such a good sport.

I should also point out that I have no interest in the Loch Ness Monster, but this movie kept me riveted by focusing less on the monster and more on the loons who think the monster is real. Special mention must be given to the ridiculous and insane Cryptozoologist who almost steals the film. Basically, anyone who is a fan of Werner Herzog or just wants some good laughs must see this film. I am definitely looking forward to Herzog's next adventure...hopefully in search of Big Foot or something...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "At least we're not pulling the boat over a hill." March 19, 2006
It's not that easy writing a spoiler-free review of Incident at Loch Ness, an entertaining piece of mythmaking flim-flammery and an enjoyable addenda to Werner Herzog's own documentary filmmaking, following the director on his ill-fated Loch Ness film as he finds himself increasingly at odds with producer Zak Penn's interference. Considering Penn's commitment to authenticity involves as much window dressing and outright fakery as he can manage, that's not surprising, but when the fun is over it does manage to raise some points about the validity of documentaries as actual documents of reality in a time when the form's popularity has led to increasing sensationalism and `recreations' to stand out from the pack. But this is first and foremost the Werner Herzog Show, and he doesn't disappoint, whether it's his reaction to an unexpected addition to the crew ("She doesn't luke layk a sonar operator") or arguing with his gun-toting producer who has obviously heard one Klaus Kinski story too many ("Zat's a myvvf! Ay neffer directed anybody at gunpoint!"). Some of the crew are too obviously playing up for the documentary cameras while the last third of the film overplays its hand, but it's hard to dislike a film with exchanges like "Well, at least we're not dragging the boat over a hill." "Vat vos zat?" "Uh, nothing." Although looking at the finished product, I couldn't help wonder how poor Kevin Cowle, one of the few genuinely helpful and competent people at Scottish Screen, felt about his screen credit here: first being famously taken for a ride by the producers of Beneath Loch Ness and now this... Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Amusing Mockumentary April 28, 2009
Werner Herzog is one of the most respected filmmakers of all time and a praised documentary filmmaker. Zak Penn is a Hollywood screenwriter who has written films like Suspect Zero and The Incredible Hulk. With this film, a mockumentary, the two poke fun at these facts in what, at times, seems more like a real documentary than not.

It begins with Werner Herzog talking to John Bailey about his life and work for a documentary Bailey is making called Herzog in Wonderland. Herzog's next project is a documentary on the Loch Ness Monster entitled "Enigma of Loch Ness," which is to be produced by Zak Penn. On July 27, 2003; Herzog and Bailey's film crew depart for Scotland, with Penn noticeably uncomfortable with a crew following Herzog. With the crew soon on a boat searching for Nessie, everything begins going wrong and Penn's ulterior motives for making the film are revealed to Herzog's disdain.

The "plot" of the film is intercut with interview segments. Also in the film is a loving homage to one of the more famous Herzog myths, where Penn pulls a gun on Herzog for refusing to shoot a particular scene. And, of course, Nessie makes a few (albeit brief) appearances.

I honestly don't have much to say about the film. It's interesting and better than Christopher Guest's previous mockumentary, but Incident at Loch Ness does grow tedious at times. The Loch Ness Monster and Werner Herzog are both incredibly interesting subjects and while watching this I couldn't help but think about how a real documentary on Nessie directed by Herzog probably would've been more interesting. However, Herzog is hilarious here and his willingness to make fun of all his career achievements is almost worth the price of a rental.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not funny at all
My wife had seen this movie earlier and told me how great and funny it was. She didn't tell me it was a mockumentary. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robert B. Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars Studio channel makes Blair Witch
This was crap! Not in a god way, but in a Studio way. For those unfamiliar, Studio channel is where self important over pampered clowns talk about how wonderful they are and why we... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ace Rimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a masterpiece
This movie is a spectacular gem... I do appreciate Christopher Guest's movies (particularly Best in Show), but they don't compare to Incident at Loch Ness in terms of depth or... Read more
Published on December 5, 2009 by Gabriel Werder
5.0 out of 5 stars A dvd that I covet
I love the details that abound in this film. One feels like you are living out what the filmmakers are living out when they hit the boat on Lake Loch Ness. Read more
Published on July 15, 2009 by Jeffrey Patruska
2.0 out of 5 stars Werner-- Where Did You Go?
Werner Herzog must have really fallen on hard time$$ and thin dime$$ to have become a part of this "Mockumentary. Read more
Published on February 22, 2009 by Douglas Herman
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally Real, Totally Scary...Totally.
A truly scary documentary about the moment man finally comes in contact with a prehistoric monster which, up to the release of this film, has totally been hailed as one of the... Read more
Published on December 31, 2008 by Pristine
5.0 out of 5 stars post-post modern humor
I loved this movie and I thought it was hilarious. I can see how some people might dislike it though, because the movie doesn't rely on slapstick or gimmicks to get laughs. Read more
Published on November 24, 2008 by Y. Chow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mockumentary
Incident At Loch Ness is one of the best mockumentaries ever made. While not quite there with This Is Spinal Tap, it is a cut above many of the other contenders. Read more
Published on September 12, 2008 by Cosmoetica
5.0 out of 5 stars New super vision
I am a big fan of the stories about Loch Ness` monster and I like to watch different films on this theme. Unfortunately, most of them are very bad and unprofessional. Read more
Published on August 5, 2008 by Stas
1.0 out of 5 stars Herzog & beefcake do not mix.
Werner Herzog always will go down as one of the most enthusiastic directors of our time as a man who consistently sought/brought new images to the consciousness of cinema. Read more
Published on July 18, 2008 by Hoichi, the Earless
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