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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 
Sound Department
Terry Sims .... voice over
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 Must See for Bad Movie Lovers, 1 February 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Search for the Beast (1997)

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Director R.G. Arledge's tale of a scientist (Rick Montana) who is paid to go into the Okaloosa wilderness to try and track down the mythical Bigfoot creature who has been said that have kidnapped several dozen people. The scientist takes his female assistant and a bunch of rednecks with guns in to try and see what's really going on. I first heard of this film while reading Michael Adams' "Showgirls, Teen Wolves and Astro Zombies," which was devoted to bad movies. I certainly didn't hate this movie as much as he did but there's no doubt that it's one of the worst Bigfoot movies to ever be made but to be fair, the entire Bigfoot genre really hasn't produced any good movies. It's obvious that this here was an incredibly low-budget film and it should go without saying but with a budget this low it was going to be impossible to come up with anything good. The first part of the film's soundtrack is so full of loud hiss that you'll want to hit the mute button and it's funny because in the second half the hiss is gone and instead of an actual soundtrack we're given narration. I'm really wondering if this move was done because of all the hiss. There are countless other problems from the horrid dialogue to the awful acting to the hideous looking creature. The creature is obvious just a gorilla suit that isn't going to full of 2-year-old and just wait until you see the dead skull in the scientists lab. As bad as the film is, there are a few good things I'll give it credit for. For starters, the director was actually able to get a couple girls to take their clothes off. Usually in these types of movies the director can't pull this off so I'll give him credit for the nudity. The film also features a hilarious seduction scene that takes place inside a tent and I swear it's just about as hilarious as anything Keaton and Chaplin did. Another hilarious moment is a sex scene that happens towards the end of the picture where the girl is bent over a chair and has the most boring look on her face even after Bigfoot jumps in for some action! It is worth noting that exploitation pioneer David Friedman appears in a role and it was nice seeing him. SEARCH FOR THE BEAST is a bad movie, there's no question about that but at the same time it has enough camp and laughable scenes that make it a must-see.

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