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 The Crater Lake Monster
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The Crater Lake Monster (1977)

A beast more frightening than your most terrifying nightmare!

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.

“The Crater Lake Monster” is a low-budget, B-movie creature feature that was released in 1977. The film follows the discovery of a prehistoric plesiosaur that has been living in Crater Lake for millions of years. As the creature begins attacking and killing the local wildlife, a group of small-town heroes band together to try and stop it.

While the film’s premise is intriguing, the execution falls short in several key areas. The special effects used to create the plesiosaur are noticeably dated and unconvincing, even by 1970s standards. The acting is also wooden and unremarkable, with many of the characters feeling like stock archetypes rather than fully fleshed out individuals.

Despite these flaws, “The Crater Lake Monster” does have a certain charm to it. The film’s low-budget, cheesy aesthetic can be endearing to those who enjoy B-movie creature features. The action sequences are occasionally entertaining, and the film’s brisk pacing means that it never overstays its welcome.

Overall, “The Crater Lake Monster” is a forgettable entry in the annals of creature feature cinema. While it may appeal to fans of low-budget, cult classic films, it is unlikely to win over any newcomers to the genre.


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  • Kacey Cobb as Susan Patterson
  • Michael Hoover as Ross Conway
  • Suzanne Lewis as Paula Conway
  • Marv Eliot as Senator Jack Fuller
  • Garry Johnston as Blackmailer
  • Susy Claycomb as waitress
  • Jim Goeppinger as Villager
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