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Lake Michigan Monster

Monty Python meets Guy Maddin in wacky, DIY monster movie brimming with love for the craft of silent cinema.

After his father was attacked and killed by a sea monster during a fishing trip in Lake Michigan, captain Seafield vows revenge. He assembles a team of specialists and devises plan after plan, but all fail. When the group retreats in a lighthouse, unexpected truths come out. Monty Python meets Guy Maddin in wacky, DIY monster movie brimming with love for the craft of silent cinema.

This DIY monster movie, produced, directed by and starring Ryland Tews lies somewhere between Monty Python’s absurdism and the work of Guy Maddin. Shot in black and white, the film uses acting styles, visual tropes and special effects that ooze the love for the bygone era of silent cinema. As the film progresses, locations and visuals become more stunning and ideas wackier, culminating in a gorgeous underwater finale. Tews makes incredible use of his very limited means, creating a truly unique world. At the same time, he really celebrates weirdness and the actors throw themselves into all the nonsense with gusto, making the final result ever so infectious.

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Type
Director Ryland Tews
Country VS | USA
Year 2018
Duration 78 min
Cast Ryland Tews, Erick West, Beulah Peters, Daniel Long

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