Don't Let the Riverbeast Get You!
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DVD Special Features:
-Behind the Scenes of Riverbeast
-Music video by Dying Elk Herd
All in all, this was a fun film for the whole family. This is one beast you may want to get. --James DePaolo
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An enchanting, amusing thriller. The river beast is truly a sight to behold.Published 13 months ago by Sam Swain
Was really pretty bad -- don't mind watching some 'B' movies but only made it through the first 15 minutes.Published 24 months ago by I-Reader
The movie was very poor. The river monster suit looked like it was mad of rubber. the plot was boring. The acting was also poor. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by Allen R. Schrecengost
Low budget I am ok with, bad actors and lines that are more than corny more than I can stand.Published on February 16, 2014 by Connie E. Harrell