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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
Ruddy Kline ...
(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)
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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 Ørnås

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Lord of the landfill. God of the garbage. See more »


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Not Rated
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21 May 1976 (USA)  »

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The Mutant Beast  »

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$11,000 (estimated)
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Shot over the course of three years, this film started out as a special project by a handful of high school students. See more »

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Well, they sure don't make 'em like this anymore...
28 January 2001 | by (Saint Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

And that's not necessarily a good or bad thing.

Let's face it: The Milpitas Monster is a cheapie...in fact it's the kind of movie that Frank Zappa immortalized in the song "Cheepnis", only a couple of decades removed. This movie rode the tips of the coat tails of the brief monster movie revival of the seventies (Octaman, The Crater Lake Monster, APE) that occurred right before the advent of Star Wars and the plunge of science fiction into the mainstream.

But it has its points. I actually like some of the stop-motion animation in this one, primitive though it may be. There are a lot of interesting camera angles that one wouldn't normally see on such a film, and the lighting is for the most part adequate (the movie, especially during most of the special effects sequences, is kept rather dark).

I even enjoyed the story up until the introduction of the stupid "odorolla" tracking device, and the particularly stupid way that was used to lure the monster to its death. I don't mind a "bad" script, but I hate a stupid one.

The Milpitas Monster is worth a look if you are a fan of the giant monster genre, or if you just like cheap movies in general. A film that has Paul Frees do the narration can't be all bad.


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