Monster Cruise (2010)
-Review by Nic Brown-
Saying that director Jim Wynorski has made a lot of movies is kind of like saying water is wet. He “made his bones” in the industry working for legendary B movie guru Roger Corman in the 70s. Now he’s known for his diverse portfolio of films. Whether it is killer robots in CHOPPING MALL, Traci Lords in NOT OF THIS EARTH, a comedy like TRANSYLVANIA TWIST or one of his many forays into the late night cable market (can we say THE BARE WENCH PROJECT), whatever the project, Wynorski brings a skillful touch to it. Now the prolific director is trying his hand at the family-friendly monster film with MONSTER CRUISE.
Larry and Izzy visit the lake to find out more about the inheritance and they are quickly drawn to the beauty and serenity of the lake. Larry also meets the beautiful Tamara (Kayla Gill) who owns a bait shop on his property. Larry learns that his Grandfather’s nemesis, developer Maxwell Gordon (Gerard Pauwels), has his eye on the Krupnik land. Gordon wants to build a mega casino on the lake front. He intended to scoop the property up when the bank foreclosed on Skipper’s mortgage, but now he wants to weasel the property out of Larry for pennies on the dollar. Meanwhile, Izzy meets his own sweetheart in the form of Ariel (Erin Neufer) a pretty, if somewhat strange girl with a fishy secret: she’s a mermaid.
Mermaids aside, things are looking pretty bleak for Larry and his friends. Still there is a ray of hope. Many rumors surround the lake, including one of a buried treasure. The treasure was supposedly brought to the lake by a retired pirate who hoped the lake’s resident mystery monster, Ogopogo, would deter fortune hunters. Now Larry and his friends need to find out the truth behind the legend if he’s going to save the lake from becoming nothing more than another casino.
MONSTER CRUISE is a pretty straight forward film. There’s the lovable good guy, a few stereotypical baddies, a goofy but fun sidekick, and a pretty girl who steals the hero’s heart. However, while the elements are not the most original, MONSTER CRUISE is still a fun movie. The film feels like an homage to movies like BEACH BLANKET BINGO, GIDGET or any one of a dozen Disney films from the 60s and 70s, not deep on story, but filled with humor and heart. A fun chase scene involving a miniature mobster and a couple of golf carts is good for some laughs, and our hero Larry’s big love scene on the beach with Tamara is a cute and goofy, but in a good way.
MONSTER CRUISE has a warm
feeling to it and manages to avoid serious adult content without
coming across as childish. It’s one of those rare films that the
whole family really can enjoy. The titular monster, Ogopogo, is
actually cute and it does little in the way of “monster like”
activities, although it does befuddle a pair of erstwhile monster
hunting scientists (Jim
O’Rear and Ervin Ross). Another of the things that makes MONSTER
CRUISE a little bit different is the film’s setting - the small