Near an isolated beach on California's coast, a sinister plan is underway in a laboratory of horror. Three renegade scientists have resurrected the Frankenstein Monster... legendary indestructible dead man come to life... and they have also created a biogentically engineered half-man, half fish abomination... to use as secret weapons in the fight against terrorists worldwide. However, disaster strikes when the terrifying monsters chemical brainwashing fails and the entire plan goes to hell! Instead of stopping terror, these invincible monsters spread terror! The first victims... young people on a glamour photo shoot are attacked by the amphibious beast of evil! Rescued and held hostage by the scientists, the survivors must find a way to escape the madmen and the monsters!
Directed by: William Winckler
. Starring: G. Larry Butler
, William Winckler
, Dezzirae Ascalon
, Corey Marshall
, Gary Canavello
, Alison Lees-Taylor
, Lawrence Furbish
, Rich Knight
, Mimma Mariucci
, George Lindsey Jr.
, Selena Silver
, Tera Cooley
, Carla Harvey
. Music by: Mel Lewis
So it is Halloween evening, and I am cruising channels on my TV set late at night. I even flip through the stations that are public access, i.e., homemade productions given to local people. I noticed on a particular station that the program on seemed to be of MUCH higher quality than the typical fodder on these stations. Granted, it was still low budget, but blew the usual crap out of the water. So my interest was piqued. I remained tuned in.
To my surprise, there was plenty of "adult" language and pretty girls without their tops. My interest was again piqued. This is usually taboo content for my local basic cable channels.
Then I noticed a loose plot developing. Three members of a photography school are chased by a sea monster to a hidden lab (not so hidden in a house at the top of a hill) where the sea monster was originally created, along with the resurrection of Frankenstein's monster. The lab people are evil. Poorly acted (except for the lead scientist, he was actually pretty good). One of them is busty and later topless.
Nudity is inter-spliced periodically throughout for what appears to be an attempt to keep the audience's attention. It's almost as if the directorwriter knew that the feature being put together here was obviously campy and overwhelmingly low budget and needed some "spice" to act as the glue for this jigsaw puzzle lacking all its pieces. Acting is not commendable, monster make-up is sub-par, editing jumps around with missing time & events periodically.... there are many flaws in this one. My main critique is that much of the low-budget quality of the make-up and monsters' costumes could have been disguised with more shadows in the cinematography -- and at the same time the shadows would have added to the dark elements of the film. Much of the 1930s-50s monster films relied on heavy lightdark contrasts, which added to the mood. This film was mostly shot in light (understandable since much was shot at the beach).
Yet somehow I was still drawn to this piece. What was mentioned earlier by another reviewer is the obvious admiration by Bill Winckler for old monster movies of Hollywood from long ago. I will agree with this statement, and anytime another person shows this admiration on film it is always interesting how the person treats the object of their affection. Winckler's treatment is the highpoint of the film; the monsters are indestructible and never made fun of or made the comedic relief. They are the respectable part of this film.
The DVD supposedly has extras. Seems interesting, maybe I'll pick it up. Not just for the extras, either. This movie grew on me for some reason. I'm not sure what connection Chad Byers has to the production, but he had a SvengoolieElvira skit show between various partsintermissions of the version I saw of the film. Nice touch, provided more comedic relief.
Review by bcndahous from the Internet Movie Database.