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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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Certificate:

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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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A shoestring budget monster film that blew my expectation away.
18 December 2003 | by willywantsSee all my reviews

The heat of a meteor crashing into the lake incubates a prehistoric egg, which grows into a plesiosaur-like monster that terrifies the community and eats those daring enough to go into the lake, like a couple on a honey moon, a felon, and a mild-mannered fisher-man. Granted, the acting is bad (even though actor Mark Siegel went on to have a great effects career at Industrial Light and Magic)and the poor sound and picture quality of the crown international VHS (I just bought my copy of this film on DVD, much better video quality!), and the irritating flaws (How can that chick see "stars" in the middle of the day? How come a cop is driving over a course of 6 MONTHS to get to a dinner?), but despite the poor continuity and plot holes, I must admit that I did enjoy this film. The stop-motion special effects for the dinosaur are excellent, the suspense is adequate, the characters are quit funny, (unintentionally, most of the time) and it was pretty fun to watch and poke at the flaws.......enjoy!


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