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Mutant sheep Tuesday

Have you ever noticed that if people have polysyllabic names, others tend to shorten them to two syllables or less?  It came to mind when the female lead of The Godmonster of Indian Flats was named “Mariposa” and that’s exactly what everyone called her.  No shortening to “Mari” or “Mary” or maybe even “Posey”.  If this is what preoccupied me while watching this movie, you can bet it was not exactly edge-of-your-seat fare.

Godmonster takes place in a small town outside Reno, Nevada which may or may not be Virginia City.  Or maybe it’s a town called Silverdale, after its principal owner, a historian who has restored the town to its mining days glory.  Everyone dresses in 19th Century garb and there’s even a cathouse.  For those who run astray of the law, there’s plenty of frontier justice.  In this happy area, a sheep farmer discovers that one of his flock has given birth to a monstrous living  embryo.  The local scientist gets a hold of it, intent on raising it (in the name of science, of course) while the sheep farmer starts fooling around with the scientist’s assistant, the aforementioned Mariposa.

While Silverdale crosses swords with the representative of a mining developer, the embryo grows into an eight-foot tall sheep that walks on its hind legs, has two uneven forelegs and a really ugly face.  It breaks loose and rampages (or limps) across the countryside, not exactly causing great danger, because after all, IT’S A SHEEP.  When captured, Silverdale intends on making it the 8th wonder of the world, but this ain’t King Kong.  IT’S A SHEEP.  I don’t think they really figured out how to end the movie, because it just finishes with a riot at a landfill and the hint there may be more monster sheep to come.

For all it’s flaws, Godmonster actually looks nice.  It’s shot well, but the writing is not good, the acting is only passable, and the monster is not all that interesting.  Because IT’S A SHEEP.  Quality:  4/10.  Fun:  4/10.

Still, Godmonster is a near-masterpiece next to the movie that accompanies it on the Something Weird DVD:  Passion in the Sun, also known as The Girl and the Geek.  This movie opens with a geek escaping from a Galveston carnival, after which it disappears for most of the movie.  Meanwhile, the sheriff (also writer/director Dan Berry) and his deputy are called to pick up two men at the airport who apparently have a briefcase filled with illicit material.  You’d think the description they got – two men with dark hair – might be a little sketchy to perform an arrest, but fortunately, the two men start to flee as soon as the cops arrive.  They take a girl hostage and run off to the countryside where they shake their pursuers but also have their car break down.  Did I mention the girl is a stripper who’s heading to her new job at the Sans Souci?

One of the crooks kills the other and then pursues the stripper, who has gotten away and now has the briefcase.  She has already lost much of her clothes in a tussle and you can bet the rest will come off soon enough.   And it happens:  when she nears a river, she decides it’s time for a nice bath, despite having a killer chasing her.  My guess is she wasn’t stripping just to work her way through college.  Later, she will take a naked nap and then go to the river a second time to wash her undergarments.  Then the geek appears, kills the killer and chases her back to the amusement park where he gets killed by a roller coaster.  As a nice epilogue, the stripper performs for the sheriff and the deputy.

This is one of the so-called “nudie-cuties” from the early1960s which shows a lot of topless women but very little sex (so I don’t really think of this as porn).  Besides the stripper, we get excerpts of the other Sans Souci girls performing.  I can believe a couple of them are working their way through college, because they really aren’t very good dancers.  Then again, the typical viewer is not looking for choreography in a flick like this.  Obviously shot silently with dialogue dubbed in later, this is a rinky-dink film which is slightly entertaining but after a while, a bit of a yawner.  Quality: 2/10, Fun: 3/10.

The DVD featuring this movie has some other features as well, including the 1950s (?) short subject Rural Rat Control.  This little advisory film about how to rid your farm of rats may be informative, but it’s also rather brutal.  I suppose if you have a farm or like to see rats killed, this is worth watching.  I didn’t bother with its companion piece, Community Fly Control Operations.

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