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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 »
A beast more frightening than your most terrifying nightmare!
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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The Life Aquatic with Arnie & Mitch! See more (36 total) »


  (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)
Crew believed to be complete

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85 min
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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 »
Errors in geography: Crater Lake is within a National Park, with no town on its shores.See more »
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.See more »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Life Aquatic with Arnie & Mitch!, 13 August 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Well, what are the odds! At the exact right moment that a few redneck amateur-scientists discover cave paintings indicating that some type of dinosaur monster might have inhabited the area thousands of years ago, a burning meteor crashes into the lake and spontaneously hatches a monster's egg that has been lying there … for over a thousand years, I suppose! "The Crater Lake Monster" is a movie that literally must be seen to be believed, but you better do so in the company of many friends and a pile of ganja in order to make the wholesome a little bit easier to digest. Yes, this is a terrible film with the utmost ramshackle screenplay imaginable and numerous irrelevant padding interludes that are downright embarrassing, but it's also irresistibly charming and so clumsily put together that you simply have to cherish some kind of fondness for it. Half of the film – at least – revolves on the wacky adventures of Arnie and Mitch. These two local yokels own and run a boat renting shop near the lake, but spend most of their days picking their noses and quarreling over fascinating stuff like to spell the word "bait". It is mostly during their prototypic Laurel & Hardy situations that new puddles of blood or decapitated heads are discovered in the lake. Steve Hanson, the heroic but not exactly sharp Sheriff is on the case, but only if he's not too busy chasing big city thugs traveling through the area. Halfway through the film, there suddenly is an abrupt scene about a thug robbing a liquor store and killing two people in the process. This textbook "WTF" moment appears to take on the complete other side of the country, like in New York City or something, and has absolutely nothing to do with the events going on at Crater Lake. Only like twenty minutes later the robber pops up again in Hicksville and there's an "exhilarating" chase through the woods, ending in the Dino's hungry muzzle. The absurd little details in "The Crater Lake Monster" are too numerous to mention! For example, this is probably the only creature-feature in which the players discover the obligatory gigantic footprint AFTER they already spotted the actual monster. The goofs in continuity should be legendary as far as I'm concerned. It's like everybody forgot to pay attention to it. Night turns into twilight into day and back into twilight … all during one and the same diurnal course! The monster is undeniably the best aspect about the film, especially since it's accomplished through good old fashioned and adorable stop- motion effects. The cute critter is a Plesiosaur; meaning an aquatic dinosaur looking like a crossbreed between Denver the Last Dinosaur and an alligator. "Crater Lake Monster" is a unique and unforgettable movie- experience that I can only encourage to track down! The miserable 1 out of 10 rating is just out of principle (and because basically, this IS a very bad film) should be put into perspective, because I might as well could have given it 10 out of 10 for sheer entertainment value.

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