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Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973) - Blu-ray Review

4 beersThis is a movie about a mutant 8-foot-tall sheep.  Let that image take root.  It is both disturbing, overstuffed, and hilarious.  For that reason alone, Godmonster of Indian Flants is a must-see B-movie designed especially for the cinematic freaks out there.  The ground trembles in fear of its approach.  You will tremble, too but it will be for other reasons; it is that baad and rambling of a creature feature.  And, thanks to AGFA and Something Weird, this mutant motion picture is now on blu-ray. 

This movie, written and directed by Frederic C. Hobbs (Alabama’s Ghost) is baa, baa, baad, Ghouls and Boils.  It makes little sense as everything seems thrown at the screen to see what sticks best.  This is especially true at the beginning of the movie.  It's as if the filmmakers don't want you to know that this is a creature feature.  There is a freakish discovery of a mutant mound of flesh, a town gone crazy with retroactive attitudes, and, as the discovery grows and grows, all the paths converge into a massive hunt up and down Sugarloaf Mountain for an enlarged mutant sheep hellbent on blowing up gas stations and thwarting picnics.

"a wild flick that ends on a high note, promising revenge courtesy of a flock of grazing sheep."


Fans of the super crazy, with the newly released 4K transfer from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print, get radioactive discoveries in abandoned caves that lead to radioactive kisses in “scientific” labs, one hilariously engaging eulogy in a jam-packed church of loyal community members for a dog (that isn't dead), one mutant sheep created by the release of phosphorous gas seeping up from a defunct mine, and, complete with a disorderly DIY feel to each and every frame, an unrelenting Gonzo-like spirit that feels unplanned and unrehearsed as children are frightened from their picnics by the hilariously overstuffed creature ambling toward them: Welcome to Indian Flats

Alpo Johnson, a freerollin’ high flyer in Reno, thinks “banjo dust” is actually a term that is going to lure ladies and inspire young men to follow him to a wild west-themed bar full of cowboys, cowgirls, and a group of patrons that seem out of touch with the real world.  You should already be suspect of his old timey outfit.  Something is quite odd with him and the people in the town.  The line, especially in a casino and especially with someone who just won a lot of money, works well enough in Godmonster of Indian Flats, a low-rent sometimes horror film about a secret (and very racist) society upholding frontier “justice” in modern day Nevada and the sudden appearance of an 8-foot mutant sheep monster that threatens the town’s very existence. 

When a local sheep rancher, Eddie (Richard Marion), manages to piss off the entire bar with accusations of theft and mishandling of his gambling money, things get weird pretty quickly.  This town, guided by a racist mayor, is all sorts of fucked up.  Their members are trapped in the past and the tourists, whom they despise, keep coming thinking it’s all part of the tour.  It isn’t, though.  And the area around Sugarloaf Mountain in Nevada will never be the same once that mutant monster sheep comes stumbling into town, stopping bad guys in their tracks, and whips up an inflamed mob of citizens against it. 

Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973) - Blu-ray Review

Costarring Christopher Brooks as Barnstable, the town’s main target for hatred, Stuart Lancaster as the corrupt mayor, and E. Kerrigan Prescott as the scientist who discovers the mutant sheep, Godmonster of Indian Flats is a wild flick that ends on a high note, promising revenge courtesy of a flock of grazing sheep.

If weird flicks are what you are into, AGFA and Something Weird has EXACTLY what you are want with their release of the classically awful and twisted, Godmonster of Indian Flats.  Mutant mothas from outer space, this is the place for you.

Conservation and conservatism goes ca-ca-caRAZY in Godmonster of Indian Flats.  See for yourself and scoop up this release before the sheep beat you to it.

Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
89 mins
Director
: Fredric Hobbs
Writer:
Fredric Hobbs
Cast:
Christopher Brooks, Stuart Lancaster, E. Kerrigan Prescott
Genre
: Horror | Western
Tagline:
WANTED! Have you seen this sheep?
Memorable Movie Quote: "Mmmmm, these are good hot dogs."
Theatrical Distributor:

Official Site:
Release Date:
December 31, 1973
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
July 10, 2018
Synopsis: This is the story of an eight-foot-tall toxic sheep monster that blows up gas stations, smashes crooked politicians, and terrorizes stoners! From the surreal “wild west” locations to the outrageous monster effects, GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS is easily the most berserk, out-of-control, and inexplicably deranged creature feature in the history of forever.

Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973) - Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: AGFA (American Genre Film Archive)
Available on Blu-ray
- July 10, 2018
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English
Audio:
DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Thanks to AGFA and Something Weird, the new 1080p looks excellent, considering the film’s age.  The new 4K transfer from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print is crisp and crackling with nice color levels and shadows.  The banged around 35mm print is scratched and problematic but, as it is the ONLY print of the movie, the digital transfer is much appreciated, even if it can’t save the flick from all the print damages.  The high grain – especially in the hilariously awful scene of the sheep escaping the lab – is to be expected.  It is presented in the film’s ratio of 1.33:1 and features a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 soundtrack for all of your dialogue listening needs.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

Fans get AGFA trailers, some insane shorts from Something Weird, a bonus movie from 1975, The Legend of Bigfoot, including a new 2K scan from an original theatrical print.  Fans also get, with the purchase of the film, with a reversible cover art with illustration by Shana Cleveland.

  • The Legend of Bigfoot
  • Something Weird Shorts
  • AGFA Vault Trailers

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