The Crater Lake Monster

I believe there’s a lot to be mined from this movie which I haven’t had the good sense to appreciate. I’m trying to recall: I believe a meteorite or some such thing crashes near a lake and somehow a modern day Plesiosaur is born and starts eating people (and some cows) in stop-motion. That’s kinda the gist of the whole movie, but its most infamous sequence is this inexplicable interlude where, instead of following our heroes, we waste at least 10 minutes (it seems much longer) following around two hillbillies as they drink moonshine and have a hey-old time—that is, until one of them is eaten. Is this scene supposed to elicit sympathy? Why is it there? So many questions. In fact, I might pop this one in once I’m done writing.

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