WANTED! Have you seen this sheep?
A mutant sheep is on the move near a ranch in the American West.
A mutant sheep is on the move near a ranch in the American West.
"An eye for an eye! Violence in the name of justice controls the masses, it always has, do you hear me, it always has!"
Outside of Reno, Nevada there's an old wild west tourist town full of white people who want to uphold history as they violently resist change, a black mining entrepreneur [Christopher Brooks] discovers this the hard way as the town desperately tries to frame, incarcerate & hang him within a matter of days! The stunts they pull are darkly comedic as they reflect the depths people will go to maintain old values. Meanwhile, the spooky vapors from the local mine have mutated a sheep into the hideous beast that bookends the film.
A hilarious but somewhat bleak look…
Better than the ANNIHILATION bear.
A banker's representative runs afoul of the residents of a Wild West re-enactment tourist town, and also there's a massive genetically modified sheep monster hidden in the local mine. A pivotal moment of tension is set at a full-on funeral for a dog in a church filled with old-timey prostitutes. A pie fight escalates to attempted homicide. A top-hatted mayor brings Biblical judgment down on his people and did I mention the giant mutant sheep?
You know the old unspoken rule of low-budget monster movies, where you keep the creature off screen as long as possible so the audience doesn't see how ridiculous it looks? Thank heavens Fredric Hobbs wasn't a proponent of that theory.
Of the two Fredric Hobbs films I've seen, this is actually the more conventional. That says something. The man was one of our greatest treasures.
And the award for the most dopey, abysmal and nightmare inducing monster goes to this guy!!! A giant sloppy sheep creature that looks like some sort of deformed Sesame Street reject. Sorry bro but Snuffleupagus got the part instead! Maybe next year!
Other than the final twenty minutes when big Sheepy goes on a rampage this was pretty boring. Im well aware of my bias towards westerns but damn. Dry old timey plot and boring characters a plenty. I just can't take cowboys seriously. Running around like a bunch of children playing. So dorky. Luckily there's a B movie charm that elevates the boring dialogue and interactions between characters.
If you like westerns AND giant sheep puppet monsters then this ones for you! Just wish there was a sequel called Sheepy takes Manhattan that takes place in 1985 where its just the monster terrorizing 80s NY. Imagine the possibilities!
Mariposa is my favorite person. She goes to fortune tellers, has sex in graveyards, and tries to be nice to mutant sheep monsters. She gets that monsters are just people. Or at least, they are just monsters. Or that people are just monsters, too. Or something. Plus, I really want her yellow dress. Mariposa is a total Laurel and that is a pretty major compliment as Laurel is probably one of my favorite characters.
I do talk about my work on here sometimes.
I think that's how you are supposed to promote your unpublished work like here is a random photo of Jlaw and a leading statement about a character you don't know of and couldn't care less about!!!
Those always make me so sad. But I'm supposed to be willing to do anything and everything, so maybe it's worth a try...
Yes, there's a (god)monster in this, but Frederic Hobbs seems much more interested in the escalating, absurdist squabble between the corrupt mayor of a Nevada tourist trap and the bank rep trying to buy up the land rights. Hobbs' vision is all his own, but I can't help but see a lot of later Meyer and early Steckler in this, with the former's gonzo obsessions with small-town America being channeled into the latter's giddy disregard for plotting and narrative. It's almost as if Hobbes set out to make a b-movie monster throwback, but changed his mind when driving by Virginia City on his way to the set on the second day of filming. I don't blame him.
I say this as a lover of monster movies, but most of them get made because some guy had no idea other than to make a monster movie, which places this at direct odds with its own genre, stuffed as it is with clear thematic preoccupations, albeit ones that are expressed in a convoluted, extremely strange manner (this sentence structure is my attempt at emulating the Godmonster's creature design, thanks for reading).
9. We are going to watch a movie Maskull needed to watch in October.
When a guy named Elbow Johnson tells you to come have some fun in Reno, don't jump in his bull horned Cadillac, nothing good is ever going to come of it... You'll just end up getting wasted in some small podunk town, get your pocket picked, get smacked around a bit, and wake up in a sheep pen, hugging a malformed monster sheep baby. Never trust anyone named Elbow Johnson!
Surprisingly, this film is not all about some mythical godmonster sheep, sure it gets center stage for the finale, but this film is primarily about a black man…
Well this was some truly WTF cinema. I've been sittin' on the AGFA blu ray for awhile now and my wife is always game for some B-to-Z grade joints so I opened this up and pressed play.
There are a couple of simultaneous stories going on here. One where a black dude has to deal with a racist town and a mayor leading his town using the MAGA playbook. There is another story that if it were in black and white it would be straight out of the 1950s atomic monster genre. This is where the Godmonster story takes place. Somehow these stories come together and after hating the town I couldn't help but feel bad for the monster and…
Godmonster of Indian Flats offers up one of the most crap and yet terrifying monsters in cinema, an obese mutant sheep with drooping, uneven legs and an ossified-looking head. Yoiks!
It’s also a grand masterpiece of insanity and uniqueness, a regional horror with awesome location shooting in early Seventies Reno and Virginia City, Nevada. I don’t want to live in this movie but I’d sure like to visit. Do they offer trips back in time?
Fredric Hobbs packs oodles of plot and intrigue in here in this Old West mining town and digs into its milieu and winds up at with least 60% a straight-up Western with only about 40% of a creature feature.
Weird fuckin’ shit like…
I took a bit of an unexpected absence from movie-ing. Beer fest weekend be like that. So of course I decided to ease back in by rewatching one of Rifftrax's (arguably) worst movies! I'm not sure I'd recommend this without the riffs but I mean... it is an experience you won't forget. I was reminded of this watching Giant from the Unknown because they both take place in Old Westy tourist towns! Which is kind of neat! That's the only nice thing I can say about this, but I like to think of it as found footage of someone's horrifying 70s vacation.
I've watched this like 3 times now and I still don't know what a "godmonster" is. It's okay, I'm pretty sure they didn't know either. 4 stars for the Rifftrax!
Weirdo folks want to create a weirdo old west town full of old west values. Then a giant ass sheep shows up and shows them the true meaning of family values.
I naively thought there would be more stuff with the mutant sheep 😔
Watched this again - I must've been in a cranky mood when I gave it half a star last year. I'm still don't think it's all THAT exciting, but it's entertainingly weird. And there's one bizarre exchange between the hippie girl and the deformed sheep monster where she tells him not to be frightened because "I've been following you all the way from the Glory Hole" (that I guess I don't understand), and then she does a dance of healing with the Godmonster.
u can really just tell when art is made with so much genuine passion and heart and creativity it just shines thru any technical limitation. theres no budget here the actors are very clearly amateurs and the dialogue/characterization is deeply hit or miss but the depth of theme it still manages to convey is really impressive, touches on a lot of things abt the (post)modern west rarely said clearly in film. the illusory tensions between neoliberalism and national conservatism and scientific rationality covering the fact that they're all just there to extract resources and subjugate the land. the victims of these systems trying to join in the game to survive and finding that the game doesn't work unless they're subjugated too. but even domestic animals still touch the earth and sometimes it touches them too...
A western horror involving a mutant sheep monster… you have to see it to believe it. It’s not a bad movie but it’s definitely cheesy early 70s western goodness. It’s worth a watch for sure.
The synopsis of this movie calls it "inexplicably deranged" and there could not be a better description. It's a mashup of political intrigue about mining rights and Wall Street, a 50s creature feature with mad scientists, a western, and an eco-horror movie. Endlessly fascinating and bizarre
"'Chinatown' meets 'High Plains Drifter' meets 'Day of Wrath' but featuring a psychotic ovine." - Kevin Murphy
An extra half star just for the bit where the eponymous Godmonster knocks over a petrol pump with its arse.
Too much sideplot. Not enough killer mutant-sheep.
I don't remember 75% of this movie, all I know is that I was highly enthralled by something I've never seen before.
“i followed you all the way up here from the gloryhole!” -mariposa
honestly though, perfect movie. gimme a desert, graveyard hanky panky, a wild west town, and a cute, misunderstood mutant sheep monster and i’ll be happy forever.
All about the fusion of the western-science fiction-horror-monster-movie genres. There’s something so fun about the historically preserved frontier town as the setting for a film. It’s like taking the efforts to make a period piece but then having the freedom to do whatever you want because it’s now and now is when anything can happen (it can happen right now, yeah, listen to The Clean!). With that apocalyptic ending, maybe this is an allegory for nuclear testing in the desert and how humanity sells itself and destroys itself? The guy in the dump’s character is named in the credits as Garbage Mike, that’s how you name a character!
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