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The Milpitas Monster (1976)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  21 May 1976 (USA)
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A town is terrorized by a monster that was created by local environmental pollution.



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Credited cast:
Paul Frees ...
Narrator (voice)
Doug Hagdahl
'Crazy George' Henderson
Priscilla House
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(as Ruddy Kline of Radio Keen)
Andy Moore
Scott Parker
Jeff Simon ...
(as Jeff Simon of KRON Television)
Bob Wilkins ...
(as Bob Wilkins of KTVU Television)


A horror movie about a monster that has been created from a garbage dump in Milpitas, a town near San Francisco. This monster attacks a party at the local high school. Before he can seriously threaten the town, however, he comes into fatal contact with the town's TV transformer tower. Written by Ørnås

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21 May 1976 (USA)  »

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The Mutant Beast  »

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Best movie I've ever seen!!!
13 July 2001 | by (Lived in Milpitas for 25 years!) – See all my reviews

Of course both of the previous reviews are absolutely correct on this film. It is pretty bad. But let me fill you in on some details - you might appreciate it a bit more then. Or at least have more compassion.

This movie was created by High School students in the city of Milpitas (where's Milpitas? It's in Silicon Valley, California - next door to San Jose and and a little over an hour from San Francisco). it started off as a fake movie poster for an art class assignment and grew from there. The high school photo teacher got involved and kinda spearheaded it - turning it into a feature length film. Eventually the whole high school and then the community got involved.

You have to understand that although the movie came out in 1976 the actual filming as I understand it was done in 1974. This is waaaaay before the digital age of what we have today. So while the special effects are very crude for today's standards and they were pretty crude even back then, they are pretty good for a 1974 era community made movie.

There's a great scene in the film where there is an overhead shot of city hall - showing endless open fields surrounding it. Not so today! Shopping centers and industrial complexes now surround the building. At a benefit showing a few years ago - in a packed local theater, the audience spntaneously clapped and cheered when this scene came on.

The Washington D.C. Special Contact with the "odorolla" is none other than Bob Wilkins (I think I got his name right) who was a local host of a late night monster/sci-fi show called "Creature features" and also hosted a kids Sci-Fi show called Captain Cosmic.

Yeah - the movie's gots its flaws - but I think it's good for a low key evening of fun. Heck - it even has a good environmental message! Not to mention the fact that it came out on video in the 80's on "Le Bad films." Also, I also know a police officer and the then mayer who are featured in the film playing themselves. Now how many people can say they personally know people who have starred in a feature length movie?

But then again - maybe to really appreciate the film you just have to have lived in the city of Milpitas in the 70's.

PS - they tried to make a sequel a few years ago - but it failed to capture the community's interest like the first time. I also still have my Milpitas Monster coloring book - wonder what it will fetch on Ebay?

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