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The Naked Monster (2005)

A brain-dead sheriff, a stolid secret agent and a sexy scientist team with a grumpy retired monster fighter to battle a 60 foot, three-eyed cross between man and dinosaur.

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Ted Newsom
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Tobey ... Col. Patrick Hendry
Brinke Stevens ... Dr. Nikki Carlton
R.G. Wilson R.G. Wilson ... Sheriff Lance Boiler
John Goodwin John Goodwin ... Agent Jeff T. Stewart
Cathy Cahn ... Connie Lingus
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Flustered Man
John Agar ... Dr. Clete Ferguson
Michelle Bauer ... Second Mom
Bob Burns ... Admiral Burns / Tracy the Gorilla
Jeanne Carmen ... Mrs. Lipschitz
Robert Clarke ... Major Allison
Robert Cornthwaite ... Dr. Carrington
George Fenneman ... Narrator (voice)
John Harmon John Harmon ... Mr. Lipschitz
Paul Marco ... Kelton the Cop
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Using soundtracks and extensive footage from many old movies, this spoof/homage of 1950's science-fiction films brings back many favorite actors from these classic movies, some reprising their former roles, to help destroy a giant stop-motion monster that is threatening to destroy Los Angeles. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Robert Cornthwaite played Dr. Carrington in this film and Dr. Arthur Carrington in the film The Thing from Another World (1951). He joins Kenneth Tobey in reprising roles from that 1951 sci-fi film. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Carrington: This Thing is older, and wiser, than any Thing on Earth! I want to take it out to brunch, to discuss Nietzche, and Schopenhauer, and the Unified Field Theory!
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Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed during the filming of this movie. We held a cat up at one point, but it was with great affection. A couple stock shots showed iguanas who got their tails pulled, but the lizards and the tail-pullers are long gone. We'd never do such a thing. Ick. See more »

Alternate Versions

An one-hour, black-and-white version of the rough cut, then called "Attack of the B-Movie Monster", was briefly available but never widely distributed. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Thing from Another World (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

You Made My Life into a Monster Movie
Written by Rocky Burnette
Performed by Rocky Burnette
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Meanwhile, back at Monster Central...
14 October 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

A new lizard menace has arisen to terrify the world: the Monstersaurus Erectus. But a select few individuals have the courage and tenacity (if not the brains) to combat the monster: amiable Sheriff Boiler (R.G. Wilson), government agent Jeff Trouble Stewart (John Goodwin), take-charge scientist Nikki Carlton (Brinke Stevens), and the legendary monster killer Colonel Patrick Hendry (Kenneth Tobey, returning to one of his most famous roles in high style).

"The Naked Monster" is essentially both a loving tribute to, and sometimes downright hilarious spoof of, the memorable sci-fi / horror flicks of the 1950s and 1960s. And it name-drops a LOT. It may be a fan film (written with passion by producer Ted Newsom, who co-directed with Wayne Berwick), but it has a definite edge over a lot of fan films in that Newsom and Berwick were able to get a number of stars from those vintage genre films to make appearances. In addition to the great Tobey, the line-up consists of John Agar, Jeanne Carmen, Robert Clarke, Robert Cornthwaite, John Harmon, Paul Marco, Lori Nelson, Ann Robinson, Gloria Talbott, Robert Shayne, and Les Tremayne. If you adore those old genre pictures, it's a no-brainer to check this out just to see these familiar faces (even if some of their appearances are rather fleeting). It's especially fun for any Kenneth Tobey fan to see him once again in a top-billed role. And if you love the gorgeous Brinke, you'll delight in seeing her in a lead role. If you recognize Goodwin, it's because he had a small part in "Tremors", a modern classic also made in this vein.

"The Naked Monster" was largely shot in 1988, with reshoots done 16 years later; by that point, much of the veteran talent had all passed away. Brinke returned for the reshoots, and you'd hardly differentiate the new footage from the old. The whole movie is done in a cheap style that really attempts to emulate the feel of some of those old pictures. It comes complete with copious stock footage, and use of stock music cues.

The movie doesn't always have great gags, or great momentum, but when it DOES hit, it's a riot, and it keeps up the irreverence right through the closing credits. It's reminiscent of the kind of thing that the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker boys did so well (except, of course, those guys probably would have gotten more of a budget). The special effects are hilariously, memorably, endearingly tacky. And I do want to stress the word TACKY.

A must see for people looking for humour and nostalgia; if you only approach it on the basis of its technical merits, of COURSE it's going to come up short.

Seven out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack of the B-Movie Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

PYG350,000,000 (estimated)
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Heidelberg Films See more »
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Mono
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