Wednesday, June 8, 2011
THE CRATER LAKE MONSTER (1977)
What appears to be a claymation dinosaur(who also sometimes just looks like a puppet-head) terrorizes a lakeside town after getting awakened by a meteor. You get a couple of stupid hillbilly characters as comic relief, a mostly incompetent sheriff, a couple of scientists and a bunch of throwaway characters that just serve as dinosaur food. Some scenes are obviously supposed to remind us of JAWS. It's weird that this came out in the late 70's since it would fit right into the 50's if it were in black and white. It was rated PG so there's very little blood, no nudity and really not much to offer to anyone besides fans of really cheesy stop-motion monster flicks or fans of redneck Laurel & Hardy impersonators. A bulldozer becomes the hero at the end. The director went on to do nothing else after this.