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Writers:
William R. Stromberg (original story and screenplay) and
Richard Cardella (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
March 1977 (USA) See more »
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A beast more frightening than your most terrifying nightmare!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Terrible but funny. See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Richard Cardella ... Steve Hanson
Glen Roberts ... Arnie Chabot (as Glenn Roberts)
Mark Siegel ... Mitch Kowalski
Bob Hyman ... Richard 'Doc' Calkins
Richard Garrison ... Dan Turner
Kacey Cobb ... Susan Patterson

Michael F. Hoover ... 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
Mary Winford ... Lady Customer
Jim Goeppinger ... Villager
Joe Sasway ... Ferguson

Directed by
William R. Stromberg 
 
Writing credits
William R. Stromberg (original story and screenplay) and
Richard Cardella (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
William R. Stromberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Will Zens (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Paul Gentry (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nancy Grossman 
Steven Nielson  (as Steve Nielson)
 
Production Design by
Roger Heisman 
 
Makeup Department
Meg Hodgetts .... makeup artist
Elaine Stromberg .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Gentry .... second unit director
Roger Heisman .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Armando Norte .... illustrator
 
Sound Department
Hal Scharn .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Bill Dickinson .... special effects
Steve Neill .... special mechanical effects
 
Visual Effects by
David Allen .... stop motion supervisor (as Dave Allen)
Tom Scherman .... special miniature effects
Jon Berg .... miniatures builder (uncredited)
Randall William Cook .... assistant model animator (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... assistant model animator (uncredited)
Phil Tippett .... miniatures builder (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Broad .... grip
Cindy Korman .... grip assistant
Michelle Lahti .... grip assistant
Bret McCormick .... grip (as Brett McCormick)
Jerry Osteen .... key grip
Bert Winford .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Meg Hodgetts .... assistant to editor
 
Music Department
James West .... composer: songs
Johnny Douglas .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Raymond Jones .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Richard LaSalle .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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85 min
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The car sent over the cliff was a American Motors Corporation (AMC) Marlin. The Marlin was built from 1965 to 1967. The model used in this film was produced in 1965 and 1966.See more »
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Plot holes: Two characters say there's not much business on the water, yet, with this said, there's a boat traveling by in the background.See more »
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Steve Hanson:All right. I'll give you twenty-four hours, but I AM gonna call in some outside help, because my first responsibility is to save HUMAN lives, not sea-serpents.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Terrible but funny., 4 April 2013
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

A meteor lands in Crater Lake, Oregon, where the incredible heat incubates a dormant, fertile Plesiosaur egg; once hatched, the dinosaur rapidly grows to 50ft in length and begins to feed on unfortunate visitors and locals. Sheriff Steve Hanson (Richard Cardella) investigates with the help of paleontologists Dan (Richard Garrison) and Susan (Kacey Cobb).

Filmed in Fantamation (whetever the heck that is), The Crater Lake Monster is a typical 50s-style creature feature, only it's from the late-70s, meaning that along with the hokey premise, dreadful acting and jerky stop-motion monster, we also get Jaws-inspired attack scenes with a fair amount of bright red blood splashed all over the place, and characters sporting either big sideburns or Farrah flicks. Helping to pad out the film to feature length are light relief hick duo Arnie and Mitch, a pair of drunken dolts who hire out fishing boats on the lake, plus a pointless sub-plot about an armed robber on the run from the law having shot two people during a liquor store hold-up (maybe he was upset because they didn't stock one of their stylish 'Booze' T-shirts in his size).

Fans of quality film-making will no doubt quickly move right along, but those who dig shonky monster movies for their sheer naffness should find enough to enjoy here: in addition to the not-in-the-least-bit-scary animated aquatic creature, we get some hilarious close-ups of a crap monster model in the water, some of the worst day-for-night photography ever ('Look at the stars' coos a woman to her husband as the sun beats down on them from a clear blue sky), true professional Bob Hyman as the town's doctor fluffing his lines but carrying on regardless, a guy crashing a boat gently on a sandbank and then taking a nap, a very slow car chase, and a police photo-lab adorned with 10 x 8s of cute kittens and puppies (suspects in an illegal bone and catnip smuggling operation perhaps?).

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