A mad scientist (and apparent former Nazi) unleashes his master plan: to transform himself into a mutated walking catfish, gain revenge on those who have spurned him, and kidnap nubile young women to similarly transform so that he can breed. Or something like that. Written by
Director Don Barton ran an ad in a local paper to find someone for the role of the monster. The ad read: "Wanted: 6'5'' or taller male to play the role of monster in horror movie. Must be experienced swimmer, scuba diver. Acting Ability not required!" Barton said a total of ten people responded to it. See more »
In one wide shot of the creature returning to the lab, he is wearing tennis shoes. See more »
This film really isn't as bad as some may make it out to be. (I think people are being overly dramatic about it because it was featured on MST3K.) At least it didn't waste time getting to the creation of the monster. So many movies would slowly build suspense, and while this can be an effective plot device, it can also get very pretentious. Zaat didn't waste time, the monster was created in the first 5 minutes.
Also, the ending was pretty good. The colored guy prevented the girl from being dipped in the water that would turn her into a monster. However, she'd already been injected with the fluid, so although she didn't physically transform, she was mentally in-line with the creature and followed him back into the ocean, even though her boyfriend tried to stop her. She simply walked into the sea, as if in a trance, to her ultimate death. I'm giving this all away because anyone reading has either seen it, or will probably never see it.
I didn't understand the part with the hippie sing-along, I guess that was just filler material. Maybe they were a local Jacksonville band and the director promised them screen time.
While low budget, it was fairly well written in the sense that there weren't too many unexplained plot shifts or choppy plot line. So on the whole, I say this film was decent.
Also, I wanted to mention that there were some pretty good shots of marine life at the beginning of the film. It may have been stock footage, I'm not sure. Despite the low budget, however, I have to give the underwater cameraman credit. Perhaps the underwater filming was where most of the budget was spent, because it was well done, and it was nice seeing that one chick swim around freely before the creature got her. Never really explained why she failed to transform into a sea creature too.
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