I love low budget B movies. And I love how they can give a glimpse into a particular community. I want to see your various media that’s indicative of your area, the thing you wish everyone else would have a chance to see. My example…
I grew up in Milpitas, California. It’s part of Silicon Valley now. But when I grew up it was mostly open land. And in the early 70s, it’s most notable feature was a giant garbage dump. So a high school teacher decided he was going to make a movie about a monster emerging from the garbage. The cast is mostly made up of his high school students and residents. He convinced the city council that this would actually bring tourism to Milpitas, so the entire town got onboard with making it. There are scenes with the real mayor and city council discussing what to do about the monster. It took 3 years to produce, and it’s a tasty example of cheap effects, questionable acting, and delectable cinematic cheese. I give you THE MILPITAS MONSTER.
You can see the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vCu4C1szCk
And the full movie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLtLuZfOeNA
Some fun factoids…
- They were able to raise some money to get voice actor Paul Frees to narrate the movie and trailer. He did a ton of cartoon voices over time. But the thing I most remember him for is being the Ghost Host at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.
- Someone involved in the production had a young sound designer friend who was able to donate some sound effects he had lying around. That’s why this movie is the first film credit for Ben Burtt, who would later create the sounds of lightsabers and Chewbacca’s voice for Star Wars.
- The movie features a young Krazy George Henderson - professional cheerleader and inventor of The Wave.
So I want to see your hometown faves. Let 'er rip.