THE MONSTER OF HIGHGATE PONDS (1961)
Article 3284 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-21-2010
Posting Date: 8-11-2010
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti
Featuring Roy Vicente, Ronald Howard, Rachel Clay
What it is: Children’s monster movie
Three children raise a monster hatched from an egg.
This needs to be said, so let’s just get it out of the way; this movie is lame. It’s also sincere, harmless, unpretentious, short, and uses some stop motion animation during several short sequences. And, as a kid who grew up loving monsters, I find it hard to dislike any movie about children having a chance to raise a monster, no matter how lame it is. So, rather than condemning it for not being better than it is, I’ll let it go on behalf of its simple low-budget charm. I just wish the comic bits were funnier.