The Crater Lake Monster
|The Crater Lake Monster|
|Directed by||William R. Stromberg|
|Written by||William R. Stromberg
|Distributed by||Crown International Pictures|
|Running time||85 minutes|
The Crater Lake Monster is a 1977 B-movie horror film directed by William R. Stromberg for Crown International Pictures, and starring Richard Cardella. The script was also written by Stromberg and Cardella, and their affiliation with The Crater Lake Monster marked the zenith of their careers.
The storyline revolves around a giant plesiosaur, akin to the Loch Ness Monster, which appears in Crater Lake in Northern California, near Susanville (not to be confused with the much more famous Crater Lake in Oregon). As people are attacked by the monster, the Sheriff (Cardella) investigates along with a group of scientists in order to stop the creature.
The film is mostly notable for being an example of David W. Allen's early stop-motion animation, and "the best thing about the movie (make that the only thing)". Otherwise, the film was widely panned by critics, with DVD Drive-In calling it 'one of the worst giant monster flicks of all time'. The film suffered from financing and publication problems with Crown International; as Cardella recounts:
|“||Crown International was part of the financing and they just screwed up everything. They pulled their support for some key scenes (that would have explained a lot and plugged some of the obvious holes), added a canned score that really sucked, and turned it over to some hack to edit. The asshole didn't even use a fade or dissolve in the whole freakin' picture!||”|
Despite being a critical flop the film was a modest commercial success and made 3 million in spite of the under $100,000 budget.camp The film gained a VHS release on United Home Video, and DVD release on Rhino Home Video. In 2011, The Crater Lake Monster was used as fodder for the Rifftrax comedy team. Mill Creek Entertainment released The Crater Lake Monster on Blu-ray disc as part of a double-feature disc in March 2011, pairing it with "Galaxina".
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