Lake Michigan Monster (2018)

Arrow has been steadily releasing some modern stuff in addition to their gorgeous rereleases, like The Deeper You Dig and Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway.

I love that they put this out, as this is one of the stranger movies I’ve seen in a while and imagine what that entails. The winner of the Audience Award for Best International Feature at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival, this movie feels like a mix of art film, cartoons, monster movies and old serials, all in black and white with occasional color.

Captain Seafield (Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, who also wriote and directed) is hunting down the titular beast who killed his father. So he assembles a crew to take it down, including weapons expert Sean Shaughnessy (Erick West, who also ran camera, did makeup and produced), sonar whiz Nedge Pepsi (Beulah Peters, also on camera and producing) and former N.A.V.Y. (Nautical Athletes and Adventure Yunit) officer Dick Flynn (Daniel Long).

Along the way, the Captain screws up at every opportunity, losing his crew and even having to assemble a new one made up of ghosts before meeting the beast that just might be his sister. But you know, if you’re Ahab and you finally found your white whale, would you stop? And why do Milwaukee liquor stores close at 9 PM anyway?

You have to love a movie that brags that it’s been “banned in four lakes” and ends with the kind of eye damage that would make Fulci weep.

The new Arrow Video release — this is also playing on their on demand channel — comes with a sober and drink cast and crew audio commentary, as well as another option to hear critics talk about the film while you watch it. There are also interviews, behind the scenes on the effects and even the first season and pilot episode of L.I.P.S., Tews and Mike Cheslik’s sci-fi comedy web series.

You can get this from Arrow and I totally recommend it. It just works perfectly.

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