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Summer Rerun: The Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973).

July 28, 2010

It’s summer vacation time here at Desuko World HQ, which means it’s time to revisit some favorite reviews from the past. [Originally posted Feb . 13, 2007.]

The Scoop:
This lovely confection has it all. A dorky Basque sheep herder goes to Reno and wins a fortune at the slots, only to have it stolen by a brazen hussy. An eccentric millionaire bankrolls an authentic recreation of an Old West mining town. A phoney psychic makes predictions based upon channeling the spirits of dead miners. The entire town makes believe a dog is dead and holds an elaborate funeral. An unscrupulous real estate developer almost gets lynched. And then just when you think the madness is getting to be too much, a giant mutant sheeps descends on the town and puts an end to it all. At least you hope it’s the end, but it’s not — the film then takes a detour into “King Kong” territory and gets even more bizarre, culminating in a riot in the town dump. Whew! (And that doesn’t even cover all the madness that goes on in this movie!)

They don’t make oddities quite like this anymore, although I’m not sure that’s a good thing or a bad thing. This is the brainchild and (mercifully) final film of Frederic Hobbs, who dropped moviemaking in favor of a slightly more successful career as an abstract sculptor.

If you’re a bad movie conisseuer, definitely do not pass up a chance to see this one; no amout of description or critique can do it justice. It’s definitely earned its spot in the Desuko Weird Movie Hall of Fame. Even the most jaded viewers will find their jaws hitting the floor repeatedly.

Best Bit:
The monster’s little pas de deux in the wilderness with the scientist’s lovely young assistant.

Side Note:
It appears that this turd never had a proper theatrical release. (Gee, I wonder why?) It’s legend only started to grow with its DVD release.

Companion Viewing:
I’m not sure what else could live up to this, except for Hobbs’ other films — “Troika” (1969), “Roseland” (1970), and “Alabama’s Ghost” (1972). Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any of those, so I’ll reserve judgement for now.

Uncle Scoopy’s Movie House.

Take a Look:
This clip, while wonderfully inept in itself, makes the film look linear and sane. It is not. The clip lies. But watch it anyway…

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