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Search for the Beast -- In the wilderness of Alabama, a monster abducts young girls to satisfy its hideous mating urge until an adventurous college professor undertakes a beast hunt. Heavily armed, they shoot everything moving until the beast finally seeks its bloody and erotic revenge! Not for the faint of heart (or anyone afraid of Alabama).


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Dr. David Stone is a scientist with a special interest in legends about the Okaloosa wilderness, where a violent... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Rick Montana ... Dr. David Stone
Steven Steele ... Jim
Holli Day ... Wendy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kimberly L. Cole
David F. Friedman ... Milton St. John
Annalise Pierce ... Lisie
Jeffrey Pierce ... Blind Otis

Directed by
R.G. Arledge 
Cinematography by
Richard Arledge 
Film Editing by
Thomas Hobgood 
David McCarley 
Special Effects by
Tim Davis .... special effects makeup
Jeffrey Pierce .... special effects makeup


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USA:82 min
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A few laugh out loud moments., 23 April 2015
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Big bear of a man Rick Montana plays Dr. David Stone, a scientist in Alabama. He's hired by filthy rich Milton St. John (exploitation legend David F. Friedman) to find what could be the missing link in the Okaloosa wilderness. Stone thinks he's just being hired to obtain confirmation that this thing exists, but of course he hasn't been told the truth. He will be accompanied by an air headed "assistant" (shapely blonde Holli Day) and a gang of armed-to- the-teeth yahoos.

The cast and crew bumble their way through this micro budget schlock flick. The staggering ineptitude on display is only tolerable to a point because the movie commits one of the cardinal sins of cinema: it's boring. It's only 70 minutes long, but even that running time is going to feel like a chore to some. "Search for the Beast" basically has no energy, slogging its way from protracted scene to protracted scene. What saves it from a lower rating are some occasionally funnier (and trashier) moments than expected. The "doggie style" sequence comes to mind.

You know the acting in such an affair is bottom of the barrel amateurish when it's Friedman who comes closest to delivering a decent performance. All the same, it's giggle inducing when we see him try to emote at one point. The monster is hilariously awful looking; some viewers may perk up a little at the occasional female nudity, but those hoping for gore will be sorely disappointed as every kill happens offscreen. The ending is extremely underwhelming.

If you're a die hard aficionado of Bigfoot cinema, that's still no guarantee that you'll have a good time with this one. Proceed at your own risk.

Three out of 10.

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