‘Wanted! Have you seen this sheep?’
Godmonster of Indian Flats is a 1973 American horror feature film written and directed by Fredric Hobbs (Alabama’s Ghost). It stars Christopher Brooks, Stuart Lancaster and E. Kerrigan Prescott.
Director Frederic Hobbs, made only four films in his cinematic career but going by the evidence of the two it’s possible to see, he crammed in more outré ephemera than most directors are able to in a lifetime. His bizarre 1973 effort, Godmonster of Indian Flats is particularly difficult to describe: part-Western, part-Nevada desert potboiler with racist mayor and black hero, and part-mutant eight foot-tall sheep rampage.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this oddball movie never received a theatrical release. However, it was belatedly given one of Something Weird Video’s most extravagant DVD release.
New 4K transfer from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print
Rampaging monster trailers from the AGFA vaults
Berserker shorts from the Something Weird vaults
Bonus Movie: The Legend of Bigfoot (1975), a new 2K scan from an original theatrical print
Reversible cover art with illustration by Shana Cleveland
On the face of it, the film is a ludicrous mess, the clashing story threads barely meeting at any point, the mutant sheep of a standard that has you leaning towards the TV screen to check you’re seeing correctly but the perverse ambition, comic characters and the sheer fact it exists are all cause for celebration of silly cinema.
The film sets the standard for most people’s personal tolerance of oddball film viewing – if you like the work of John Waters, it’s worth a go; if you don’t like Godmonster, you should probably not attempt to watch anything by trash gore auteur Andy Milligan.
Hobbs’s other notable film, Alabama’s Ghost, is a slightly more coherent watch. Since giving up movie-making, he has apparently become an acclaimed artist and sculptor.
Daz Lawrence, MOVIES and MANIA
” …it eventually builds up to a finale that defies all description. Invite some of your more straitlaced friends over, and listen closely as their synapses sizzle while they gape in slack-jawed incredulity and wonder what the hell planet this was made on. “Make them all paaaaaay!!!!” Truly stupefying.” Film Vault
“What’s the point of coming up with a cool ass idea and ruining it by padding the flick with tons of stupid racist mayor shit? And why on Earth would you make a movie about a bipedal monster sheep and then have the cajones to only let it accidentally kill one person? If that had been me behind the camera I would’ve sent that sucker on an all-out rampage.” The Video Vacuum
“It’s never as much fun as you would expect a movie about a giant sheep to be. But, even with that in mind, where else are you going to see a giant sheep wandering throughout the desert? Seriously, this is one of those movies that you should see at least once. It may not be any good but it is one of a kind.” Through the Shattered Lens
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