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The Crater Lake Monster (1977)

PG | | Horror | March 1977 (USA)
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.

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William R. Stromberg (original story and screenplay), Richard Cardella (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Cardella ... Steve Hanson
Glen Roberts Glen Roberts ... Arnie Chabot (as Glenn Roberts)
Mark Siegel Mark Siegel ... Mitch Kowalski
Bob Hyman Bob Hyman ... Richard 'Doc' Calkins
Richard Garrison Richard Garrison ... Dan Turner
Kacey Cobb Kacey Cobb ... Susan Patterson
Michael F. Hoover ... Ross Conway (as Michael Hoover)
Suzanne Lewis Suzanne Lewis ... Paula Conway
Marv Eliot Marv Eliot ... Jack Fuller
Garry Johnston Garry Johnston ... Blackmailer
Sonny Shepard Sonny Shepard ... Robber
John Crowder John Crowder ... Mechanic
Susy Claycomb Susy Claycomb ... Waitress
Hal Scharn Hal Scharn ... Birdwatcher
Mike Simmons Mike Simmons ... Store Clerk
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The heat of a meteor crashing into the lake incubates a prehistoric egg, which grows into a plesiosaur-like monster that terrifies the community. Written by Mark Siegel <lougarou@aol.com>

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A beast more frightening than your most terrifying nightmare!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El monstruo de la laguna negra See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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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

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

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.
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Good Badness #8: What's this film about, really?
3 December 2009 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

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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