Saturday, July 7, 2018

Godmonster of Indian Flats Blu-Ray + Extras (AGFA/Something Weird)

Welcome to 30 Days of Plight's newest segment, Saturday Screamers!  During these we will be covering various DVD and Blu-Ray releases and re-releases that were lovingly provided to us through secret underground connections!  Today's comes to us from the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) and Something Weird. 

The year 1973 brought us many things.  Off the top of my head I can't think of any, but it did give us Godmonster of Indian Flats.  A local sheep herder has his casino winnings stolen by a questionable group of people.  He returns to his flock only to have some sort of UFO experience.  The next morning brings us an external hybrid sheep embryo blob thing.  Luckily, this dirt town has a scientist can take it to his lab in hopes of finding out what the hell it is.  Now forget this monster even exists until the third act because the real story is that a black man comes to the town in an attempt to buy it up for a development company.  Sadly, the entire town is full of racist scammers that pull some serious shit on him so he ends up in jail and then almost lynched.  The monster, now full grown and looking like a shitty Snuffleupagus, brings hell to the town... for like five minutes.  Then the ending becomes as equally confusing as the rest of it.

This movie screams MST3K.  Get your friends together and feel free to riff on this as much as you want because it's full of material.  For example:

- a dog funeral
- a crash mat made out of a mattress and empty PBR cases
- awkward attempts at 70's psychedelic film making
- the line "I've been following you all the way from the glory hole!"

The transfer quality is crystal clear as well so you'll be sure to see all this on your screen.
But wait!  We're not done!  Let's talk about the extras on the disc, thanks to Something Weird.

You get an entire extra film entitled The Legend of Big Foot (1975) where you follow a man on his narrated journey in search of Big Foot.  Despite his claims of having video evidence of the creature (which we're also told were discredited) we don't see any real footage of Big Foot.  It's a insane journey full of moose fights, squirrels getting hit by jeeps, native people, and shots of bears.  I felt changed as a man after it was over because I had no clue what the hell just happened.

Next, you are given three short films.  The first is Dr. Frank E. Strange's Strange Sightings from 1964.  This is meant to be a true story about a man that was labeled by the courts as a "UFO Eccentric."  Supposedly his lawyer wanted to know more so we get a very staged scene where they talk about why UFO's are probably real. We're treated to various interviews with random college kids about if they believe and then an interview with someone that claims they were taken on a UFO multiple times.  The climax of this short is an interview with the founder of The Aetherius Society which is a spiritual organization where he claims to communicate with aliens.  It's amazing!

The second short film is a safety film entitled Just In Case: Suppression of School Bus Fires.  Here are the things I learned from it:

- Middle school kids have zippos and bowie knives
- All vehicles in the 70's where explosive death traps, especially school buses since we're given about a dozen ways they might just catch fire
- It wasn't just my school bus that used to have a cardboard box in the front for trash
- The guy that takes the help instructions from the kids, drives 10 feet and then tears it up and throws it out the window while they watch is my fucking hero.  I haven't laughed that hard at something in ages.

The final short is entitled White Gorilla and contains questionable racism and even more questionable accents.  A group of assorted Europeans are tracking a white gorilla in the Congo.  They build a super camp overnight but the gorilla ends up stealing the only female in their group.  It's stopped by a regular gorilla that comes out and they fight with trees for about ten minutes.  White gorilla wins, he's shot somewhere that just makes him fall on his side, and then he's captured.  Mission accomplished and film over!  Before you ask, yes, it's a man in a gorilla suit with a plastic mask.

That's it!  That's the mass of the Godmonster of Indian Flats Blu-Ray!  Thanks again to AGFA and Something Weird for collecting such strange and wondrous this on a digital format for the ages!  Also, thanks again to them for hooking us up with a copy of this!  This will be released on July 10, 2018 so if you want a copy you can head over to the AGFA or Amazon to bring this joy into your home!

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