Directed by: William Winckler
Written and Produced by: William Winckler
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
Starring: G. Larry Butler, William Winckler, Dezzirae Ascalon, Corey Marshall
CAMEOS BY: RON JEREMY, SELENA SILVER, LLOYD KAUFMAN, BUTCH PATRICK
Near an isolated beach in California, three scientists create a biogenetic half-man, half-fish creature with hopes of chemically brainwashing him to use in the fight against terrorism. When he escapes into the ocean and is presumed dead, the scientists set their sites on the remains of the original Frankenstein monster. But Fishman didn’t die, and the battle between the two monstrosities is on.
This film is the perfect example of how a lover of horror films, if given a chance, would make a film. You cannot review a film such as this against other, more professionally produced horrors. You have to dig deep under the service because you cannot, as they say, judge a book by it’s cover.
Claiming to be an homage to classic black and white horror/atom age sci-fi films of the 40’s and 50’s, my only criticism would be that you shoot black and white and have it take place in the 40’s or 50’s; or shoot in color, using the modern background of Los Angeles, Ca.
But again dig deep. Maybe the film was shot in black and white because the film (if film stock was used) or digital technology, which can be edited on computers, is much easier to work with than color. Maybe the make-up flaws would be more obvious if they were shot in color. I’m sure a bit of both, but overall, being just the second film made by William Winckler, and barely turning 40 when filmed, money, which as always, dictates what you can and cannot do.
Whether a film cost $100.00 or $100 million to make, you ask yourself later, was I entertained? The answer here is a resounding yes. To put as much money as he could onto the product, he uses unknowns in most of the roles. In fact, the man inside the creature suit had a total of four different roles in this film. You shoot at beautiful locations, beaches, nice California homes. You have scantily clad woman, lots of them. You invite friends you have made in the industry, in this case Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Pictures, Butch Patrick (aka Eddie Munster), Ron Jeremy (aka “???”), just also known as, throw in a few porn stars past their prime just happy to be in front of the camera, and you have the perfect independent, low budget, questionably acted movie that all of us horror-loving souls crave. Give me this film over the recent Omen Remake any time. The Omen bored me to tears, this film entertained me, doesn’t matter how, it just did. That is the sign of whether a film is good or bad.
The remainder of the plot I will not disclose because I feel that every fan of low budget classic horror should pick this film up for their collection. It’s funny, whether intentional or not, has plot holes you can drive a semi thru, but so did “Ishtar”. Plus unknowns, or if they aren’t even professional actors, can seem more convincing than a professional actor acting badly.
You call yourself a horror fan, a fan of the best of all types of horror, proof it and pick up a copy of Frankenstein Vs. The Creature From Beach Cove. If for no other reason, the terrific title.
By the way, if you don’t pick up a copy of this film, expect a visit from my friend here….