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The Crater Lake Monster (1977)

PG | | Horror | March 1977 (USA)
A meteor that crashed into Oregon's Crater Lake unearths a dinosaur egg. The heat from the meteor causes the egg to hatch, and the emerging dinosaur takes to snacking on the locals.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Cardella ...
Glen Roberts ...
Arnie Chabot (as Glenn Roberts)
Mark Siegel ...
Mitch Kowalski
Bob Hyman ...
Richard 'Doc' Calkins
Richard Garrison ...
Dan Turner
Kacey Cobb ...
Susan Patterson
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Ross Conway (as Michael Hoover)
Suzanne Lewis ...
Paula Conway
Marv Eliot ...
Jack Fuller
Garry Johnston ...
Blackmailer
Sonny Shepard ...
Robber
John Crowder ...
Mechanic
Susy Claycomb ...
Waitress
Hal Scharn ...
Birdwatcher
Mike Simmons ...
Store Clerk
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The heat of a meteor crashing into the lake incubates a prehistoric egg, which grows into a plesiosaur-like monster that terrifies the community. Written by Mark Siegel <lougarou@aol.com>

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A beast more frightening than your most terrifying nightmare!

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To teras tis limnis  »

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According to lead actor/writer Richard Cardella, Crown International Pictures took over production and did very little post-production work. For example, many of the day-for-night scenes were not tinted. See more »

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Dan Turner is described as a paleontologist, an expert in fossilized animals, yet he seems to be working as an anthropologist throughout the film . See more »

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Mitch Kowalski: I've been stuffin' my shoes with newspaper for so long, my feet know more about what's goin' on than my head.
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Too Good to be Really Bad
9 October 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

No need to recap the plot. Okay, the film's no classic. In fact, someone in production borrowed the bulldozer vs. monster from 1960's schlock comedy Dinosaurus. But, in my book, the 80-some minutes isn't bad enough to rate among the truly bad, e.g. Manos: The Hands of Fate {1966}. Catch the photography, which is pretty good (of course, post- production bungled day-for-night, but that's not photographer Gentry's fault). Then there're the lush colors, about as vivid as any I've seen. Add Cardella's sturdy performance as the take-charge sheriff, along with some pretty good stop-motion, and you've got genuine compensations that lift results from the truly bad.

Of course, the intended comic relief is pretty lame, along with a script that appears almost thrown together. But perhaps most disappointing is the utter lack of tension. Monsters should generate tension. However, director Stromberg fails to build suspense, which requires a better sense of structure than what's provided here. Instead, the production goes for quick shock, which itself doesn't work very well. All in all, the movie's too good to be truly bad, and too bad to be good. I like what another reviewer observed, namely the results look like they were made by erratically skilled amateurs.


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