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Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

A documentary exploring the myth of the Loch Ness monster.

Director:

Zak Penn

Writer:

Zak Penn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Herzog ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Kitana Baker ... Herself
Gabriel Beristain ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Russell Williams II ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV) (as Russell Williams)
David A. Davidson David A. Davidson ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Michael Karnow ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Robert O'Meara Robert O'Meara ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Zak Penn ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Steven Gardner Steven Gardner ... Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
John Bailey ... Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Matthew Nicolay ... Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Tanja Koop Tanja Koop ... Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Marty Signore Marty Signore ... Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Elisabeth Beristain Elisabeth Beristain ... Party Guest
Katherine Ferwerda Katherine Ferwerda ... Party Guest
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Storyline

This is a mockumentary within a mockumentary. The ensemble cast is a Who's Who of modern filmmaking, from Werner Herzog, independent director (Nosferatu, Grizzly Man, Rescue Dawn) playing himself directing a documentary, to cinematographer Gabriel Beristain (of the Blade movies) playing himself, to Sound Recorder/Mixer extraordinaire Russell Williams II (of Independent Lens, Moesha, Training Day) playing himself, to.. well you get the idea. Throw in the legend of Nessie and you've got a totally hilarious thriller mockumentary directed by Zak Penn, Make sure you watch the commentary with the Director and cast members, which continues the fiction of the movie. It's brilliant. Written by Kathy Leigh

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This fall... There's something in the water


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Incident au Loch Ness See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,313, 19 September 2004

Gross USA:

$37,493

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,493
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eden Rock Media See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When asked by an audience member after a viewing at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2004, whether any Nessies were harmed during the making of the film, director Zak Penn indicated that he could not guarantee that they were not. See more »

Quotes

Zak Penn: I don't want to make some sort of blanket comment about the people of Scotland, but the fact that they picked on Michael Karnow, of all people, I think is pretty low. I mean, this is a guy who wouldn't hurt a fly. Literally. I mean, he literally has a thing about flies. He will not hurt flies.
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Connections

References Boomerang (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet World
Written and performed by Omega Men
Appears courtesy of The Extreme Music Library plc
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Poor Werner
12 October 2004 | by mikeycmikeydoSee all my reviews

This is a great film on paper but when translated to screen it's a disaster.

Let's examine writer/director Zak Penn's resume....

He wrote X-Men 2, Behind Enemy Lines, Inspector Gadget (??), PCU, Last Action Hero and Suspect Zero.

With perhaps the exception of Suspect Zero should it really be any surprise that this film is terrible ??

While there are a few jabs at/allusions to Herzog that will tickle dedicated fans the grins quickly turn into frowns as you feel nothing but embarrassment for Kinski's "best fiend".

This film attempts to "blur the line between fantasy and reality" but only succeeds in digressing into what it was attempting to comment on.

While Zak Penn certainly fulfils his role as cog in the Hollywood machine supplying us with necessary soma to escape the drudgery of our lackluster existence his attempt at a "real film" is a failure.

"Incident at Loch Ness" is marred by a terrible plot, embarrassing dialogue, an execrable performance by Mr. Penn and awful attempts at comedy relief.

Herzog fans will want to speedily rush home and put on Heart of Glass in an attempt place the undisputed enigma of German film back on the pedestal where he belongs.


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