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Friday, October 24, 2008

Strange Movies to Love: Godmonster of Indian Flats.

If you love bad movies and you haven't seen "Godmonster of Indian Flats," you're in for a treat. On the surface it might just look like any other cheapie with a guy in a bad monster suit, but there is so much more going on here.

Here's a taste:

Unfortunately, that clip (the only one that seems to be available online) is the most generic and normal part of the film. What with the Basque shepherd gambling in Reno, the fake funeral for a dog, the tourist trap Old West town, the climactic riot in the town dump and, of course, the 8-foot-tall evil mutant sheep -- there's strong vibe of WTF-ness running through this whole thing that is just bizarrely fascinating to me.

The auteur at work here is Frederic Hobbs, who made a handful of equally insane films before this one, then retired from filmmaking after doing "Godmonster." (Because, really, once you've filmed a giant mutant sheep dancing through the wilderness with a comely young starlet, what else is there left to say cinematically?) He then began a second career as an abstract sculptor.

"Godmonster of Indian Flats" doesn't seem to have gotten a proper theatrical release when it was made in 1973, but it's readily available on DVD now. There's no excuse not to see it -- your life will be incomplete if you don't.