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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 and Lame Dinosaur Film See more (39 total) »

Cast

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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 1965 or '66 American Motors Corporation (AMC) Marlin. The Marlin was built from 1965 to 1967.See more »
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Plot holes: Two characters say there's not much business on the water, as a boat travels 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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Terrible and Lame Dinosaur Film, 21 October 2015
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Oregon, a meteor crashes into Crater Lake and heats the water, hatching a dinosaur egg. Months later, fishes have vanished from the lake and a huge dinosaur hunts cattle and human to feed. The local Sheriff Steve Hanson (Richard Cardella) investigates the mysterious disappearance of tourists and even a criminal. He also tells to the rednecks Arnie Chabot (Glenn Roberts) and Mitch Kowalski (Mark Siegel) that they shall not rent their boats to the tourists. When he discovers the dinosaur, his friend Richard 'Doc' Calkins (Bob Hyman) and two scientists asks him to leave the animal alive for the scientific community. Will Steve let the dinosaur live?

"The Crater Lake Monster" is a terrible and lame dinosaur film with awful story, screenplay, performances and special effects. The characters Arnie and Mitch are annoying and unfunny. There is a thief and murderer that appears in the middle of the story only to be eaten by the dinosaur in one of the most ridiculous scenes. When the sheriff discovers the existence of the dinosaur, he does not summon the army or the National Guard and prefers to confront the animal with a revolver and a bulldozer. The DVD from Rhino is very poor, without subtitles or extras; therefore adequate for this shameful flick. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): Not Available on Blu-Ray or DVD (fortunately)

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