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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
Before AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH there was THE MILPITAS MONSTER.
I got this movie on Blockbuster Video on DVD under the title, THE MUTANT BEAST. Let me tell you this movie is a complete waste of the following, a complete waste of talent, a complete of money, a complete of time and a complete waste of celluloid. Back by popular demand, it's "Matthew Rants!" Most monsters come from the supernatural (DRACULA, THE WOLF MAN and THE MUMMY), unexplored lands (KING KONG), and outer-space (THE THING, INVADERS FROM MARS and THE BLOB). Others are created by science gone mad, (FRANKENSTEIN, THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU and THE FLY) and atomic radiation (GODZILLA). In the 1970's pollution was a very big problem and filmmakers had ideas for movies about monsters being spawned by pollution. OK, introduction aside, to start off, the only good thing about this picture is Paul Frees' narration. I have no idea what's it trying to be, a comedy? Or a monster movie? The acting is dull and stupid! The teenagers who break into the skull out-stupid the Three Stooges, they don't know how to control their voices, they sound like game show announcers! Whether I saw this as a teenager or not, I would still be offended by that! There is also this Charlie Chaplin wannabe who is this drunk guy and with so much human drama, the viewer wishes to get to the part with the monster! Apart from the acting there are the special effects range from cheap stop-motion animation (which can make MYSTERIOUS PLANET (read my review of that picture) look like EQUINOX) to a man in a suit (that can make early GODZILLA movies look sophisticated). It also does a good job at putting you to sleep and obnoxiously waking you up (OK that is a bit of an overreaction there). The film started as a short subject from 1970 as a short little statement film called THE MONSTER WE ALL CREATED. Then there was plans for a feature, which took three years to make and this was the result. 20 years later, in the nineties, there was plans to make a sequel called THE MILPITAS MONSTER 2. As the tackling goes, "The city of Milpitas is all grown up, but it's not alone. THE MILPITAS MONSTER 2 - it's back, and this time we're not kidding." Bottom line: Although it gained some sort of cult status, this film goes into Cinema Snob territory. If there is a choice between this film and GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER, go with the latter. THE MILPITAS MONSTER is rated PG for scary scenes, mild language, thematic elements, and peril.
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