The Crater Lake Monster (1977)

The Crater Lake Monster is a movie about a monster. Well, it kind of is. But mostly it’s a movie about people. It’s just a bit disjointed, is all. And not entirely very good.

There’s a place called Crater Lake. It’s a sleepy town where the sheriff is mostly bothered when farmers report cattle missing. The town has a lake, you know, Crater Lake. It has a doctor, and a sheriff, and a diner. The diner has a waitress with a short skirt and a tidy rear end, and sleazy patrons who stare. The sleazy patrons will, whether you like it or not, become the main study of The Crater Lake Monster, so get used to them.

A meteor crashes into the lake, and a mine collapses! Nevermind. Next scene please.

The meteor landing makes a dinosaur hatch, and after eating all the fish in the lake it begins to snack on people.

No, I know I literally referenced Lake Placid in the couple of days but… this isn’t anywhere near as good. This one is… maybe more in the same category as Octaman. It’s not as dire as Gorgo.

The Crater Lake Monster

The rest of the movie takes place in slow, disjointed sequences. Don’t expect to see much of the monster. Instead – do you remember – the movie is mostly about these two. Sometimes they are meant to be funny, sometimes they seem tragic. Perhaps they are the true meaning of this movie: a socio-economic commentary on the state of rural US standards.

The Crater Lake Monster

We did of course watch the RiffTrax version of this movie and I can only recommend that you do the same, should you choose to see it.


The Crater Lake Monster (1977) 85min | Adventure, Crime, Fantasy | March 1977 (USA) Summary: 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.
Countries: USALanguages: English

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