Moonlight Frights: The Beach Girls and the Monster
With spring break occurring right now, it’s not uncommon to flock to the sandy beaches. Even I might find myself sunbathing with oversized sunglasses next to the water, but if this creature from The Beach Girls and the Monster exists, I might avoid that getaway trip. I have seen a lot of awful monster films lately, and this takes the cake. This poorly designed Creature from the Black Lagoon-knockoff is hilariously bad. As for the plot, it doesn’t deviate from the norm and the not-so-shocking plot twist would be good if not for the abrupt ending. This hour length film is good for passing time while you make your way to the sandy beaches of wherever you hail from.
The film starts off with our young male protagonist, Richard, enjoying the sunshine in Santa Monica with a group of friends — that is until one of the girls ventures to a nearby cove and falls victim to our algae covered friend! If only she had screamed for help! While the police investigate this unusual murder, Richard meets with his father, Dr. Otto Lindsay who is quite disappointed that his son abandoned a promising career in science in favor of an actual budding career in surfing. Gee, wonder what it’s like to have a parent be disappointed in your life choices…
Over the course of the film, the attacks on beach-goers become more frequent and in spite of the creature’s presence, Richard and his beach bum friends continuing partying on. To be naive of the dangers of the world…As the film progresses, the creature’s true nature is revealed and the ensuing chase is anti-climactic. As the film cut off, I was a bit peeved at the lack of a conclusive ending. Despite a lackluster film, I will give praise for the surfing footage used — it was ahead of its time and very remarkable to see live action shots of surfers nailing those gnarly waves brah. (I’m sorry.)
Note to self: if you ever come across an algae-covered monster, don’t assume it’s a carnivorous mutated fish.