No, not a Pacific islands vacation on a huge cruise ship stacked to the gills with celebrities.
Instead it’s a new film from long-time genre director Jim Wynorski, whom we last saw on these pages with his now nearing-release giant monster mash-up, Dinocroc vs Supergator (US-2010; dir. Jim Wynorski). Wynorski’s Monster Cruise is described as “a fun filled romp” that tells the story “of a boy, a boat and a sea monster”.
Filmed in Franklin, Indiana (summer home of the director) on the “absolutely gorgeous” Lake Monroe, Monster Cruise stars Kayla Gill, Erin Neufer, Paul Wallace, Shay Dickerhoff, Gerard Pauwels, Stacey Dixon, Ervin Ross, Jim O’Rear, Hal Fryar, Jim Hardin, Vicky Richmond, Bill Cothron, Tammy Logsdon, Jason Smither, David DeSpain, Dennis Crosswhite and Rick Shedd.
And this guy:
The design of the monster, which was originally called Ogopogo, is reportedly inspired by the titular character from Wynorski’s favourite giant monster film, The Giant Behemoth (UK/USA-1959; dir. Douglas Hickox and Eugène Lourié):
So far, there’s not much information about the film beyond the above, though the involvement of Hal Fryar, who played in the Three Stooges movie The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) and also appeared in The Three Stooges Show during the 60s, may be indicative of the fact that it appears to have a comedic side to it. Below is Hal as he appears in Monster Cruise:
Below: Kyla Gill
Below: Erin Neufer
Below: Stacey Dixon
Below: Shay Dickerhoff, Erin Neufer, Paul Wallace and Kyla Gill
Below: Director Jim Wynorski in contemplative mood
Below: There’s romance!
Below: There’s Gerard Pauwels goggling
Below: There’s a Short Guy (Jason Smither), a Fist Full of Dollars
and a Tough Guy (David DeSpain)
Below: There’s the Tough Guy Getting Tough
Below: There’s Jim O’Rear (left) and Ervin Ross, testing the waters
Below: There’s an Old Guy (Jim Hardin) with a Beard and an outside lavatory
And lots else besides. Check out more images from the film and some behind-the-scenes shots in the Gallery at the end of this article.
Then, if you want more, go to the film’s Facebook page.
Genre legend Jim Wynorski has just finished shooting a scene in Franklin which supposedly is set in Lapland. Shay Baker and Erin Neufer were just driving across the frozen tundra, fearing that somehow they took a wrong turn on their way to Baltimore.Wynorski yells cut and the cast and crew scurry to find the nearest source of warmth.
Matt Borges, Art Director muttered, “I miss Lake Monroe,” the location where the crew shot for 2 weeks during Indian summer in September. (Press release)
Monster Cruise began three years ago, when Jim Wynorski came to Indiana on the invitaion of B Movie Celebration organizer Bill Dever. Wynorski took to the place immediately. “Franklin was so beautiful that I knew one day I would make a movie here,” he commented.
Years later Dever and his producing partner Joe Gaudin decided they wanted to “make a movie celebrating summer in Indiana”, and knowing of Wynorski’s interest, decided to suggest as much to the legendary director.
After locations shoots around Franklin and Lake Monroe beginning in September last year, Monster Cruise has wrapped. “The film turned out far better that we hoped” says Wynorski. “I think movie goers are going to come away from Monster Cruise laughing, smiling, and wanting to visit Franklin, Indiana.”
- Source: Bill Dever and Jim Wynorski via Avery; Facebook page