Godmonster of Indian Flats
The Secret of Silverdale / The Godmonster
Fredric Hobbs, E. Prentice Welles, Stephen Williams, Robert S. Bremson (executive)
directed by Fredric Hobbs
starring Christopher Brooks, Stuart Lancaster, E. Kerrigan Prescott, Peggy Browne, Richard Marion, Karen Ingenthron, Robert Hirschfeld, Steven Kent Browne, Erica Gavin, Terry Wills, Evalyn Stanley, Carolyn Beaupre, André Brummer, Marianne Browne, Ann Wagner, Jack Curran, Chip Cash, Murray Mae, Bruce Ratcliffe, P.S. Kreiger, Frank E. Ford, Walter Daniels, Richard Walton, George Costello, Gordon Lane, Ann Lane
written by Fredric Hobbs, music by André Brummer (as Henri Price)
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Naive sheepfarmer Eddie (Richard Marion) wins big at the slotmachine
... and is almost immediately whisked off to a small former mining town
that seems to be stuck in a time warp. He was promised a party, but he's
only relieved of all his money in the local saloon then run out of town -
but picked up by the kind-hearted professor Clemens (E. Kerrigan Prescott)
and his assistant Mariposa (Karen Intenthron), who are conducting a
scientific survey of the area ... and with Eddie's help they stumble upon
a mutated sheep that somehow fits in with local legend uncomfortably well.
So the professor and company do the only responsible thing and put the
creature into an incubator while they try to figure out how to best study
Meanwhile in town, Barnstable (Christopher Brooks), assistant of
a big property mogul, tries to take over things and buy the land up one by
one - but not without attracting the attention of mayor Silverdale (Stuart
Lancaster), who wants to keep outsiders and thus progress out of town at
any price - even if that price is that he has his assistant Phil (Steven
Kent Browne) shooting himself in the shoulder and blaming it on
Barnstable, claiming attempted murder. Seeing himself confronted with
trumped up charges and a lynch mob, Barnstable makes a run for it and
hides on the professor's premises. In the scuffle to re-arrest him, the
incubator is destroyed, and the monster, by now grown to 8 feet, is set
free to roam the countryside, wreaking havoc left and right, and killing a
few locals in the process.
Professor Clemens and mayor Silverdale can
agree on one thing, they want the monster captured, and alive too if
possible - but they have so far never been eye to eye and agree on little
else, so their coalition might be a quite combustible one ...
this one, while definitely no masterpiece, is fun to watch: On the
surface, it's of course a monster movie, and the monster looks rather
shabby at that and is given way too many close-ups - which is of course
enough (unintentional) fun in itself, but the real amusement comes from
the other narrative thread about the town to be taken over, which seems to
be right out of a western movie (as is the film's general appearance to be
sure) but is rich on colourful and fun characters and traces of political
satire even. That said, neither direction nor cast are pure greatness, and
the writing might be a tad wobbly at times, but it's a genre movie that's
actually more entertaining than it has any right to be, and it's certain
to strike a few chords with nostalgia afficionados like myself!