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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

A character says Crater Lake is "four hours from Vegas." It's about 750 miles, and driving takes about 12 hours. 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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The Bumblimg Misadventures of Arnie and Mitch
13 September 2005 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

... and how they bore you right out of your mind! The Crater Lake Monster is one of the classic BAD films from the 70's made with no actors of any note, an embarrassing script, woeful direction, and a tireless desire to fuse "horror" with light comedy. This movie introduces a paleontologist who finds drawings of an aquatic dinosaur underneath Crater Lake...a meteor falls from the sky, and an aquatic dinosaur of the claymation variety begins to terrorize and eat the inhabitants surrounding Crater Lake. The whole matter is taken care of by Steve our local sheriff. Much of the film - when not showing pools of blood left behind from what we imagine must have been the beast dining - is spent following the bumbling antic of two guys named Arnie and Mitch who run a boat rental place. They try so bad to be funny, that we get lines like, looking at a business sign, Mitch saying to Arnie "You spelled bait wrong, it's spelled B-A-T-E." The laughs were rather scarce here. We then see them get drunk together and imagine a tree trunk to be the dinosaur. Laurel and Hardy watch out! The dinosaur looks fake, but the movie is fun in a bad way. And at the very least, the lake is beautiful.


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