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Don't Let the Riverbeast Get You!

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Product Description

A vicious monster has arisen from its watery lair! It's the Riverbeast, and he's threatening a peaceful New England town. Local tutor Neil Stuart has seen the beast before, but nobody believed his story, making him the town laughingstock. Neil sets out to not only prove that the Riverbeast exists, but also, with the help of his beautiful pupil, scrappy tutor buddies, and a former professional athlete to vanquish the aquatic menace!


DVD Special Features:
-Audio Commentary
-Behind the Scenes of Riverbeast
-Blooper Reel
-Music video by Dying Elk Herd

Review

Riverbeast is a fine example of combining a quirky sense of humor and creativity to create a highly entertaining flick that nods to the low-budget flicks of yesteryear while adding a modern fun and unique spin. --Critic Nic

All in all, this was a fun film for the whole family. This is one beast you may want to get. --James DePaolo

Product Details

  • Actors: Matt Farley, Kevin McGee, Sharon Scalzo, Elizabeth M. Peterson, Jim McHugh
  • Directors: Charles Roxburgh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Brain Damage Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BSTVF1A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Fortunately my girlfriend and I started this movie after a couple glasses of wine. The IMDb and Amazon ratings had us scratching our heads immediately. This film crosses the line from campy to awkward, but it is like watching a train wreck; we found ourselves captivated despite our horror.

Where to start... There is the issue of "acting". The characters deliver their lines in a horribly scripted manner. We debated whether the flattened affect was deliberate (for the sake of the actors we hope so).

The movie peaked during the first few minutes with the man in the floral wing chair giving the warning about the riverbeast. From there it was downhill. The cast of characters have brutally fictitious names. The vocabulary was forced and pretentious. It was as if the script was written with reference to a SAT-prep book.

However where else could we learn the many uses of kitty litter? The music was shockingly tolerable and cued us in to critical moments. The riverbeast itself was intentionally not scary, yet somehow fascinating (world's most ineffective claws, etc).

Bottom line is that the movie does provide entertainment. Also the 99-min length really sells this flick. You don't have that much to lose, but make sure you realize that you are investing nearly two hours of your life. This movie would also make a pretty decent drinking game... take a drink every time they say riverbeast or rb!
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"Don't Let The Riverbeast Get You!" is a comedic homage to B-movies of yesteryear aimed squarely at Larry Blamire's core audience. While this is not in the same league as "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" it is still amusing in its own extremely low budget way. I really enjoyed the flashback to Criswell and "Plan 9" at the outset which set the tone properly with the helpful "Riverbeast Alert" viewing system. That it is extremely low budget is of little consequence; audiences of this genre are prepared for that, and are likewise prepared for the terrible acting and awful accents on full display here.

The film has some great moments: the opening theme song is wonderful, the explanation of why butternut squash is hard to share is a funny micro plotpoint, and the concept of the hero being a poetry tutor was truly original. I was perhaps most taken by the offbeat kitty litter subplot and associated dancing in the Rivertown, USA park. The dance to "Wild Thing" is genuinely exceptional. There is also a noteworthy casserole tossing subplot, which is a sentence I never thought I would have a need to write. I don't want to give away the story, but let's just say that there is strife, interpersonal conflict, romance, old scores to settle, a band called "The River Mud Warriors" whose reunion and song "The River Mud Shuffle" must be seen to be truly appreciated, and a Riverbeast which seems to hug and gently massage its victims to death. It's almost too much for a heroic poetry tutor to handle, but with the help of a hobo with a heart and a knapsack full of kitty litter, justice and peace return to Rivertown, USA. Brilliant!
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This homage to 1950's and 60's B monster movies is an enjoyable little romp, but you have to be of the inclined to like really, really bad old monster movies. This is not quite the hilarious parody of "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra", but it is obvious that this movie is made by people who enjoyed those B-movies and are familiar with the slow pacing, padding, cheese monster suits (with visible zippers), and acting so wooden you could it to build a mansion. It is all here, characters making stupid decisions, character reactions to situations that would never fly in the real world, and dialog so stilted that it sounds like someone received a new Thesaurus for Christmas. The only distracting problem about the movie is that the cinematography is actually too good for the type of movie, there are actually some beautiful shots of filming locations. I especially loved the overdubbed scene with the tutor and the student in the city (a city I might add that seems to change from a small town to a moderate metropolis at the drop of a hat).
If you want a good monster movie, look somewhere else. If you want to relive your childhood of watching bad movies, this is your movie.
The reason for the review title, the last scene of the movie features a memorial/celebration with a statue that screams no-budget. I do not remember ever seeing such a statue ever being used in an old B-movie (usually they mention it and not show it). Kudos go to not only the actors in that scene, but also to the crew who had to be there to tape it.
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very campy movie with a fake looking beast and terrible acting.a little slow at times and unbelievably bad. made me laugh. if you enjoy bad movies and think you and your family/friends could make your own movie, this will encourage you too try.
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Mostly due to a stand out performance by writer and star Matt Farley, the film does have a certain charm. The town of Rivertown is populated with a wacky assortment of characters, all of which seem to think that Neil Stuart aka RB is a total loser. he sticks to his guns and eventually saves the day. Other notable performances are Sharon Scalzo as Allie Stone and Bryan Fortin as Troy Kiel. The film benefits largely due to a great New England in autumn location. The old time use of a "fear flasher" to warn of Riverbeast appearances is both charming and campy. The main draw back is the film has a running time of 99 minutes but you could skip an hour ten minutes if you're just here for the Beast. That being said, the Beast is a great costume in the tradition of Paul Blaisdell and would be worthy of any drive in movie screen. A fun time.
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