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MOMO: The Missouri Monster

Every town has a legend, but does every town have a monster to go along with it?

If you’re traveling through Louisiana, Missouri any time soon, you may want to stop and visit with some of the residents.  They have wild stories to share concerning a very tall and very hairy monster.  It’s huge!  It’s three-toed!  And it’s out there in Star Forest, just waiting to get you.  As terrified as they may be, this monster – known as MOMO – seems to be keeping its distance . . . much to the chagrin of independent feature filmmaker Seth Breedlove.

"you will be entertained by stories about a three-toed monster that loves to hang out in the forests surrounding the town."


That’s right, Boils and Ghouls, Small Town Monsters returns!  This investigative group of independent filmmakers, having previously brought us last year's best-selling documentary On the Trail of Bigfoot, turn their cameras toward a very small region of southern Missouri in the hopes to catch, on camera, any sighting of the state’s own very strange and very tall monster: affectionately referred to as MOMO by the locals.

Seth Breedlove’s docudrama MOMO: The Missouri Monster, now available on VOD and DVD, is a fun ride through some pretty tall trees and even taller tales.  Sure, it has your typical talking head bits in the documentary as residents recount their own history with the strange beast but, knowing that this audience would want more, Breedlove adds a faux unfinished film to the mix and, sprinkled with reality TV hosts from Finding Bigfoot and Ghosts of Shepherdstown.

The narrative aspects of the movie are soiled in 1970s clothing and 16mm effects.  They are both fun in that Creature from the Black Lagoon sort of way and intriguing, adding some mystery to one family’s recurring visitations from MOMO.  Starring Adam Duggan and Sara Heddleston, as well as Animal Planet's Cliff Barackman and James "Bobo" Fay with special appearances by Janet Jay and Elizabeth Saint, the film is definitely fashioned for cult audiences and, as long as you don’t take anything too seriously here, you will be entertained by stories about a three-toed monster that loves to hang out in the forests surrounding the town.MOMO: The Missouri Monster

Careful observers of this narrative horror/documentary hybrid will also get to witness the story of MOMO and his many sightings in the 1970s get corrected and contradicted by those who saw the monster or heard about seeing the monster during its heyday of sightings.  We even get aliens brought into the narrative thanks to some ideas tossed around concerning this monster’s origins.

It’s 1972 all over again thanks to MOMO: The Missouri Monster.  The film will be available nationwide on DVD, as well as Vimeo, OnDemand, Amazon Instant Video, and VIDI Space on September 20.

3/5 beers

MOMO: The Missouri Monster

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MOMO: The Missouri Monster

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
82 mins
Director
: Seth Breedloven
Writer:
Seth Breedlove, Mark Matzke
Cast:
Elizabeth Saint, Sara Heddleston, Janet Jay
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
There's something on Marzolf Hill...
Memorable Movie Quote: "It bothered him enough that they moved."
Theatrical Distributor:
Small Town Monsters
Official Site: https://www.smalltownmonsters.com/
Release Date:
September 20, 2019
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No details available.
Synopsis: Merging the world of 70's "Sasquatchploitation" cinema with our 9th documentary, this will mark a true departure for us, while exploring an exciting new storytelling style. Momo the Monster was seen all around the town of Louisiana, MO during the 1970s but little is known about this local legend... until now. Co-written and narrated by Lyle Blackburn and directed by Seth Breedlove, MOMO: The Missouri Monster marks the beginning of a bold, new direction for STM. 

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