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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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Good Badness #8: What's this film about, really? See more (35 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
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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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According to lead actor/writer Richard Cardella, Crown International Pictures took over the film's production and did little if any proper post-production work, leading to night scenes not being blue-tinted amongst other continuity errors.See more »
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Factual errors: 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.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Good Badness #8: What's this film about, really?, 3 December 2009
Author: (Vomitron_G) from the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids

We have a lake. We have an animated meteor crashing. We have a killer stop-motion dinosaur with flippers. Okay, so let's call this movie THE CRATER LAKE MONSTER. What else can we add? Hmm, two idiots called Arnie & Mitch to define the ultimate definition of "comic relief". We also got to have a sheriff who doesn't really do a damn thing in this film and whom nobody listens to. Aw crap, we're over halfway through the movie and we forgot to insert a bad guy! No worries, let's introduce some guy with a moustache, have him rob a store to indicate he's a bad guy, then have him pop up somewhere near the lake, have him chased through the woods and all this for the sole purpose of him ending up as dinosaur snack food. That should work.

A complete, clumsy mess, this film. Its logic will twist your mind to force laughter out of you. The first film to feature Dave Allen as a "stop motion supervisor". After this one, he joined forces with Charles Band for several years until the the mid-nineties, when Band ran out of money to pay him, I guess. The dinosaur effects are charming and the whole film is pretty damn unintentionally funny. Unfortunately, that's about the only good thing that can be said for it.

Good Badness? Yes. The mind-bending logic in the narrative should be enough reason for that. If not, Arnie & Mitch will do the trick. 3/10 and 8/10

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