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The Crater Lake Monster (1977)

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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PG | See all certifications »

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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

During the drive through town, the movie marquee shows "Killer Force" and "Screaming Tiger" are showing. See more »

Goofs

In most scenes, the monster appears being reddish-gray. But when he attacks the cows, he is solid gray. 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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Featured in Fantastic Dinosaurs of the Movies (1990) See more »

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The Crater Lake Monster: Cheesy
27 February 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

The Crater Lake Monster is a 1970's monster themed b-movie but alas not one of the better ones.

It tells the story of a meteor that awakens something ancient beneath a lake which proceeds to chomp on the locals.

I was drawn to the movie because of the cover art but shortly into the film you'll realise that it's not being entirely honest with you.

The movie itself looks and sounds great, in fact I was stunned to discover that it's as old as 77 so for that it gets a remarkable thumbs up. The SFX however leave a lot to be desired even for it's time. The "Monster" looks like it's straight out of Jason & The Argonauts movie (The original ones) and for that reason it's very hard to take seriously.

One stand out part of this film is a couple of comedy characters who actually make the film somewhat watchable to a degree. I actually laughed but was frustrated that even the dreadful finale had to screw that up.

With more plot holes than you can shake a stick at this should have been better but poor writing and laughable sfx ruined it.

The Good:

Some oddly good comedy

Looks ahead of its time

The Bad:

SFX are unintentionally funny

Cover is deceptive

Weak finale

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Bray Wyatt has come a long way

Stars are easier to see during the day

Dying underwater will cause your blood to teleport onto your boat


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