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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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Storyline

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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dinosaur | egg | lake | meteor | cattle | See All (52) »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Sheriff Steve is chasing the robber, the same 1971 Chevrolet Kammback passes them that was seen parked at the Palomar Cafe. See more »

Goofs

Two characters say there's not much business on the water, as a boat travels by in the background. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Chabot: If Steve comes back before they do, he'll throw us so far back in the jug they'll have to shoot our breakfast to us with a cannon.
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Edited into Fantastic Dinosaurs of the Movies (1990) See more »

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Proof of what can be done with little money.
18 March 2005 | by StormSworderSee all my reviews

Despite its budget limitations, this is a great film, proof that effort and imagination can overcome lack of cash. The opening, in which cave-paintings seem to show how some dinosaurs at least survived into the age of human beings, is a nice red herring. After that, a meteor comes down into a lake and causes heat which, in turn, causes the hatching of a frozen dinosaur egg (maybe the cave-paintings suggest instead that this isn't the first time such a thing has happened). When the prehistoric beast appears, it's a well-animated Plesiosaur which is soon causing disappearances in the local area. Alright, so it's not Jurassic Park, but it's still genuine entertainment for fans of monster movies.


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