Neil stuart was the oddball of the town when he left. He returns and goes back to his job as a tutor and tries to get back with his old girlfriend. But the reasons he was laughed at back then are still present - his belief that the Riverbeast exists!
I ended my review of the filmmakers' film "Monsters, Marriage and Murder in Manchvegas" saying I would not be watching any more of their work. Lucky me, another feature from them arrived courtesy of Midnight Releasing, and I had to ask myself if I want to or not. Considering being a monster flick, it was honestly not a hard question to ask myself. I enjoy monsters too much to skip this one, no matter what I expect from it or what I think of previous titles from the filmmakers.
Sure, it's a monster movie where a sea creature, which blends the look of Gill-man with "Humanoids From the Deep", roams the local woods. What the movie really is, though, is another silly comedy that carries a horror-y theme. It's about a man who returns to a town where people thought he was crazy for saying there is a monster called Riverbeast (horror, check!). The focus is put on his time adapting to being back, rebuilding his relationships and of course, a ton of silly, silly comedy.
Most definitely a better movie than "Monsters, Marriage and Murder in Manchvegas". That one was not a fun watch at all. You can tell that this movie isn't taking their style to grandeur levels, but at least the oh-so-intentional stupidity has some shining moments where you might laugh. The characters are so damn dumb that it's hard not to be impressed by both the shitty writing and shitty acting (both hopefully very intentional). It plays a lot with bad lines being delivered entirely flat.
The monster, which is the reason I wanted to give Charles Roxburgh and Matt Farley another chance, doesn't look very good. But at least it's a suit and not CGI. Besides, the movie doesn't try to be a good movie, so why focus too hard on the effects? I would have wished that it was more monster heavy, focusing less on people. We wanted the Riverbeast, god damnit! The scenes involving it are scarce and short, so you'll have to be up for a lot of other things to be able to make it through. But don't get me wrong, the monster stuff wouldn't be good enough to fill a movie anyway, and these filmmakers are way too happy with playing with their deadpan characters that it might be better this way.
"Don't Let the Riverbeast Get You!" is a lot more entertaining than "Monsters, Marriage and Murder in Manchvegas" ever was, but it's essentially the same kind of a movie. Don't watch this for the horror, the monster, the effects or gore, because none of that really works. This is intentional silliness with intentionally poorly written and delivered lines. It has a few moments that are worth while. Overall, however, it feels like too much time passes between each laugh. I wouldn't know who to recommend this to, but you better be a very happy person to get into it. It's all just ludicrous!