Sea monsters invade Lake Superior and, taking a page from JAWS, begin killing campers and fishermen. Town sheriff (and single mom) teams up with a Big Game Hunter to kill the sea monsters.
The story is nothing special, but that's not how you judge a monster film, is it?
The CGI monsters are surprisingly good for low-budget horror fare, especially since there are so many of them. And there's a very nice decapitation of your typical stupid coed camper.
The location doesn't look like Lake Superior -- the film was shot in Canada's British Columbia -- but one can overlook that.
Some weird aspects to this film:
* The Internet Movie Database says the actress playing the sheriff/single mom was 37 when this film was shot. The actor playing her son was 28. I checked, because she didn't LOOK like she could be his mom.
Casting a 37-year-old as mom to a 28-year-old shows that ageism is still rampant in Hollywood.
Yeah, maybe we're supposed to think the actor is 20 or so, and maybe we're supposed to think the actress is...a good-looking fortysomething? But she STILL looks too young to be his mother.
* At film's end, 5 people attack the sea monsters. The sheriff mom, her Big Game hunter/nascent boyfriend, the son, his girlfriend, and some Old Deputy.
If you've seen enough horror films, you just KNOW that Old Deputy is dead meat. He's the odd man out, only there to be killed. And he is.
But here's the weird part:
The Old Deputy was killed up in the hills, away from the Other Four. After the Four kill the last of the sea monsters, they break into smiles and "head for home!"
NOBODY thinks to ASK or WONDER -- WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OLD DEPUTY?
They don't know his fate, and don't care. It's like he didn't even exist. They just smile and walk home.
That's sloppy scripting. The characters ignore the Deputy's death because the audience is expected to ignore the Deputy's dead -- but that's NOT how the CHARACTERS would behave.
That's just one example of poor character scripting. There are others. The characterization is not great; full of clichés and silly behavior.
But the monsters and violence look good, plus there's genuine suspense when the characters are threatened or run. I enjoyed the film.
LOCH NESS TERROR is a pleasant diversion for forgiving horror fans.