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The Crater Lake Monster
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The Crater Lake Monster -- The heat of a meteor crashing into the lake incubates a prehistoric egg, which grows into a plesiosaur-like monster that terrifies the community.

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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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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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Crater Lake was formed by the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Mazama less than 8,000 years ago. It would be impossible for 65-million-year old plesiosaur eggs, fossilized or otherwise, to be present on the lake floor.See more »
Quotes:
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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Too Good to be Really Bad, 9 October 2014
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

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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