Video / Prehistoric Productions and Reel People Media. 100
Frank: Paul Bassis
Cloud: Dave Fresh
Honey: Rosie Jones
Moss: Howard Phun
E. Edwin Cromwell: Rich Abernathy
Sheriff Drew Firth: John Ivar
Professor Sprog: Andy Barnett
Arlene Arden: Alex
Fenwick: Stephen Brown
Cassandra Sprog: Diana Hahn
Produced: Rob Seares, Paul Bassis
Directed: Ursi Reynolds
Story: Rob Seares.
On the "Lost Coast of California," brothers Frank and
Cloud discuss plans to grow marijuana. Cloud has gotten only
one seed from the "genetic genius" Honey, but promises
a tree-sized plant. He also gets "heavy vibrations"
from a rock on which he meditates and near which he plants the
Honey and husband Moss fret about government
confiscation of homes in the "war on drugs." She has
produced coconut-sized "cannabis sequoia" seeds, thinking
that the plants will be so big, no one will see them really.
Moss hopes not to have to go back to work at the drive-in, for
he is tired of Japanese monster movies. They camoflage themselves
to go planting.
Beneath the American flag, C.A.M.P. (Campaign
Against Marijuana Planting) organizes its mission. Sheriff Drew
Firth cedes authority to E. Edwin Cromwell III, a Washington D.C.
weasel who speaks to his "fellow Republicans" about
the "war on drugs" and "freedom fighters."
Drugs are "keeping people off the production line where
they belong." Those who object are "intellectual mutants
left over from the '60s." We see footage of police raids
accompanied by the song "Living in a Police State."
But a large clay lizard snatches a bundle of weed during a helicopter
Professor Sprog has only one student, his assistant
Fenwick, but lectures on Tyrannosaurus Herbivorous Ganjasaurus
Rex, G-Rex, who fed on plants. He refers to an egg left over
and hatched off the coast of Japan some years ago, and describes
the spurning of Godzilla. Cromwell listens in and proposes dinner
for the three of them and the Professor's daughter/secretary Cassandra.
The others order soy burgers and carrot juice; Cromwell wants
a Ramboburger and Folgers with Sweet-n-Low. He promises money
but need the Professor's expertise regarding the G-Rex which has
The C.A.M.P. hotline--1-800-MONSTER--receives
calls from locals but pilots are chickening out, so Cromwell is
pissy: "Don't they know this is Nancy's pet project?"
He threatens the Sheriff that he'll call the Reverend Jerry to
pit religious fundamentalists against the locals. Or he'll use
the "ultimate weapon to keep the peace," a nuclear bomb.
Frank, Cloud, Honey, and Moss eat their lentil
dinner and watch tv. "What're you watching? A Japanese
monster movie?" "No, it's the news." Cloud and
Frank check their plant and realize it wasn't a rock that Cloud
was in touch with, it was the dormant G-Rex, now on the loose.
Cromwell explains anti-grower strategies in
football terms. "We gotta win one for the Gipper."
He has recognized the tree-sized plants and burns Honey and Moss's
trees. The two go to the burn site and sneak close to the flames
to become "intoxicated by the fumes." Arlene, Cromwell's
repressed assistant, is also giddy. The G-Rex is attracted by
the smell and the town panics. The Professor rushes out with
his equipment to try to record the G-Rex and use the tapes as
a lure. G-Rex arrives at the burn site, cries, and wanders off.
"Cromwell is talking about nuking Rex!"
Cloud runs off to communicate with the creature. Frank grabs
an ax and shows up next in the Sheriff's office with a gigantic
marijuana bud. "This bud's for you," to try to lure
Rex. The Professor is delighted by this extinct specimen and
Cromwell first want to arrest Frank but goes along with the plan.
We decide Cloud has been squished and join
the military operation in which the bud lure doesn't work. Cromwell
wants to nuke the creature. They try the Professor's
but this doesn't lure the creature out to sea either. Cromwell
wants to nuke it. Cassandra makes the Professor realize the G-Rex
is female; he adjusts the "vocalizations" and saves
At a town (cast) party afterwards, Sprog dances
with his blow-up Godzilla, we learn that Honey saved some branches
from Frank's tree, Cromwell gets drunk on Nyquil, and a Japanese
guy says he's from Washington making sure no Godzilla copyright
infringements are taking place. Cloud returns, credits roll,
and the last screen shows, ironically, the standard FBI copyright
For somebody's Super-8 summer project, this isn't that bad.
The summer '85 raid footage is undramatic in content but effectively
grisly technique. Moss is a hippie and all the good guys seem
vegetarian--and ultimately these matters are not vindictively
nor dismissively mocked. The goofiness can grow irksome and the
"dinosaur" is negligible, but the film is well-intentioned
and, for dinosaur films, uncharacteristically anti-Reagan in politics