Virginia City, NV, is home to the Comstock Lode, a mine that struck big in the latter half of the 19th century. One hundred years later and the city looks very much the same, thanks to the efforts of Mayor Charles Silverdale (Stuart Lancaster), who has bought up most of the property and restored the town to its historical state. When a representative for an Eastern mining concern (Christopher Brooks) comes around trying to buy up shares in the Comstock, Silverdale and his henchmen must go to some extreme lengths ...
Virginia City, NV, is home to the Comstock Lode, a mine that struck big in the latter half of the 19th century. One hundred years later and the city looks very much the same, thanks to the efforts of Mayor Charles Silverdale (Stuart Lancaster), who has bought up most of the property and restored the town to its historical state. When a representative for an Eastern mining concern (Christopher Brooks) comes around trying to buy up shares in the Comstock, Silverdale and his henchmen must go to some extreme lengths to discredit him, framing him as a dog-killer and even attempting a secret lynching. Meanwhile, anthropology professor Dr. Cyrus Clemens (Kerrigan E. Prescott) and a local sheep rancher named Eddie (Richard Marion) have made an astonishing discovery: One of Eddie's flock has given birth to a mutated embryo that could prove a cellular realignment theory that the doctor has been working on in his secret laboratory. The creature grows quickly, reaching eight feet tall within a week, and breaks loose when the lynch party, seeking their escaped victim, lobs tear gas through the windows of the lab. Martial law is declared, and both Clemens and Silverdale are eager to capture the monster alive, though their motives are very different. The professor is sure that further study of the animal can unlock the secrets to existence, while the mayor simply wants to put the creature on display and charge admission. The confused, misunderstood monster kills a deputy, scares some picnicking children, and blows up a gas station before a group of cowboys on horseback locate it and attempt to rope the beast rodeo-style.
Digitally remastered; Short subject #1: "Rural Rat Control"; Short subject #2: "Community Fly Control Operations"; Short subject #3: E. Kerrigan Prescott in the musical number "You Cannot Fart Around With Love" from director Fredric Hobbs' "Roseland"; Short subject #4: "Hippie Campers Learn About the Sex Life of Sasquatch When They Encounter the Geek"; Added attraction: "The Girl and the Geek" [aka "Passion in the Sun"], a riotous 70-minute Dale Berry horror nudie from 1964; Gallery of Horror Drive-In exploitation art; Horrorama radio-spot rarities
As movie metaphors go, you aren't likely to find one as obtuse, or for that matter, as downright insane as Godmonster of Indian Flats. Part small-town political thriller, part environmental plea, part head movie, and part monster flick, experimental artist and filmmaker Fredric Hobbs' rarely seen final feature is a disjointed mess that misses most of its targets due to the impenetrability of its plotting. At its core, the film concerns the discovery of a mutant sheep embryo in a former Nevada mining town. When exposed to phosphorus gas, the mewling fetus grows into a huge monster and runs amuck. The town's unscrupulous mayor (Russ Meyer regular Stuart Lancaster) calls for the creature's capture, hoping to feature it as a tourist attraction for his newly revitalized town, which is undergoing an upswing thanks to some shady deals he's brokered with a major mining corporation. This secondary story line offers a few nuggets of dramatic interest, especially in the conflict between Lancaster and a black corporate representative (Christopher Brooks). But like so much of the film, these scenes quickly devolve into surreal weirdness, with the rep threatened with lynching by a masked vigilante group. Too earnest to succeed as camp, and too off-kilter to work as an independent feature, Godmonster of Indian Flats is, like its title beast, a visually memorable but ultimately ungainly animal. Image Entertainment and Something Weird Video's letterboxed DVD presentation is paired with some equally unusual supplemental features, starting with the 1964 oddity Passion in the Sun (aka The Girl and the Geek), which pits a blowsy stripper against an escaped carnival freak. An abbreviated, R-rated edit of the adults only sex-with-Bigfoot movie The Geek is also included, as are two '50s-era training films on pest control. A wealth of exploitation pressbook reproductions and vintage radio spots round out these enjoyable nature-gone-nuts extras.
Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Title;Easy Come,Easy Go [8:26]
2. An Amazing Discovery [10:14]
3. "Some Funny-Looking Stuff" [9:52]
4. Science & Legend [17:24]
5. No Class [11:35]
6. The Society of the 601 [8:52]
7. Free-Range Hybrid [5:46]
8. Mutton Hunt [3:08]
9. The Round-Up [3:40]
10. Addressing the People [4:51]
11. "An Eye for an Eye" [3:12]
12. End Credits [1:40]
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Nasty Nature Short Subject #1:Rural Rat Control!
Nasty Nature Short Subject #2:Community Fly Control Operations!
Oddball Short Subject #3:"You Cannot Fart Around With Love"
Oddball Short Subject #4:The Geek
Oddball Added Attraction:The Girl and The Geek
Gallery of Horror Drive-in Exploitation Art with Horrorama Radio-Spot Rarities