An increasing number of people are dying mysterious deaths in the dark waters of Loch Ness, victims of the famous monster. But what other mysteries does the Loch hold? What about the ... See full summary »
James Murphy is a rugged cryptozoologist, who thirty years earlier, during a trip to Loch Ness, Scotland encountered the fabled "Nessie" creature that killed his father, and left James with... See full summary »
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The German film director Werner Herzog sets out to the Scottish Highlands to make a documentary, "Enigma of Loch Ness", exploding the myth of the Loch Ness Monster. Meanwhile, another documentary film crew is making a film about Werner Herzog, and we see the production of "Enigma" from their point of view. Shooting on a rented boat, tensions begin to rise as director Herzog and his producer, Zak Penn, find themselves at cross-purposes on the black surface of Loch Ness. Things get very edgy when the film crew starts seeing shapes in the murky water. Written by
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When asked by an audience member after a viewing at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2004, whether any Nessies were harmed during the making of the film, director Zak Penn indicated that he could not guarantee that they were not. See more »
[on the topic of the Loch Ness Monster being fiction or real]
They say show me the evidence. I say show me the non-evidence.
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"At least we're not dragging the boat over a hill..."
It's not that easy writing a spoiler-free review of Incident at Loch Ness, an entertaining piece of myth making film-flammery and an enjoyable addenda to Werner Herzog's own documentary film-making, following the director on his ill-fated Loch Ness film as he finds himself increasingly at odds with producer Zak Penn's interference. Considering Penn's commitment to authenticity involves as much window dressing and outright fakery as he can manage, that's not surprising, but when the fun is over it does manage to raise some points about the validity of documentaries as actual documents of reality in a time when the form's popularity has led to increasing sensationalism and 'recreations' to stand out from the pack. But this is first and foremost the Werner Herzog Show, and he doesn't disappoint, whether it's his reaction to an unexpected addition to the crew ("She doesn't Luke layk a sonar operator") or arguing with his gun-toting producer who has obviously heard one Klaus Kinski story too many ("Zat's a myvvf! Ay neffer directed anybody at gunpoint!"). Some of the crew are too obviously playing up for the documentary cameras while the last third of the film overplays its hand, but it's hard to dislike a film with exchanges like "Well, at least we're not dragging the boat over a hill." "Vat vos zat?" "Uh, nothing." Although looking at the finished product, I couldn't help wonder how poor Kevin Cowle, one of the few genuinely helpful and competent people at Scottish Screen, felt about his screen credit here: first being famously taken for a ride by the producers of Beneath Loch Ness and now this...
Fox's Region 1 DVD initially looks fairly skimpy extras wise but comes with an abundance of appropriately hidden features that greatly add to the fun, from deleted scenes - including Herzog talking about why he will only talk French at gunpoint or his stunned dizzy reaction to a nude sunbather, as well as more wisely omitted egomania from Penn as he describes the rigours of producing Osmosis Jones as his Fitzcarraldo - three commentaries, and a making of documentary about the making of documentary about the documentary Herzog never made...
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