Godmonster of Indian Flats appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.37:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, this low-budget, 45-year-old movie came with a mix of problems.
Sharpness was mediocre. While the movie displayed acceptable delineation, it never looked particularly precise, and plenty of soft spots materialized.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I witnessed no edge haloes, but print flaws became a major concern. Throughout the movie, these presented specks, scratches, lines and other marks. Some scenes worked better than others, but the defects created a lot of distractions along the way.
Colors were bland. Though a few shots offered moderately vivid tones, the hues seemed somewhat pale much of the time, which left them as unsatisfying.
Blacks came across as a bit inky, and low-light shots tended to be moderately thick. They weren’t overly dark, but they suffered from some muddy qualities. The image suffered from too many problems to rate above a “D+”.
Don’t expect a whole lot from the film’s DTS-HD MA monaural soundtrack, as it offered a flawed presentation. Speech remained intelligible but showed a mix of concerns, as lines tended to be edgy and reedy.
Effects tended to be rough and harsh, whereas music was shrill and without much range. A fair amount of background noise also interfered, with plenty of pops. Even given the movie’s age and low-budget origins, this became a weak soundtrack.
None of the disc’s extras directly relate to Flats itself, but we get a mix of films in similar genres. First up comes 1975’s The Legend of Bigfoot, a one-hour, 14-minute, 49-second program.
When I requested a review copy of this disc, I did so mainly due to nostalgia, but not for Flats. Instead, Legend acted as the main source of appeal to me.
1975 was the peak era for interest in Bigfoot, and as an eight-year-old, I found myself fascinated by the subject. This meant my family and I went to see Legend, and I was curious to view it again after all these decades.
Or at least I thought I watched Legend back then. The era produced a mix of Bigfoot movies, and now that I’ve seen Legend, I suspect I confused it with one of those. Granted, I’m going on 43-year-old memories, but the film didn’t look familiar.
Legend offers a documentary that involves Ivan Marx, an animal tracker who attempts to locate Bigfoot. We follow him as he pursues the mythical creature.
Spoiler alert: he doesn’t find him – at least not in a credible manner. Marx does muster some footage of “Bigfoot”, but it doesn’t seem particularly believable.
Legend mostly consists of Marx’s self-aggrandizing voiceover comments and little real information. It’s vaguely interesting as a time capsule of the Bigfoot-crazy mid-70s, but otherwise it’s a dud.
Three short films follow: Strange Sightings (36:15), School Bus Fires (25:00) and White Gorilla (9:48). Sightings looks at UFOs, whereas Fires examines tactics to deal with mishaps on school transportation.
Finally, Gorilla gives us a fictional tale in which hunters seek a legendary, obscure simian. None of these are good in an objective sense – indeed, they’re really pretty awful. Still, they’re fun to see as “time capsule” views of their eras.
Under Trailers, we get ads for Creature of Black Lake, Grizzly, The Mysterious Monsters, South of Hell Mountain and Man Beast. No ad for Godmonster appears here.
One of the odder monster movies I’ve seen, Godmonster of Indian Flats remains watchable due to its basic weirdness. A mess of plot points in search of an overall narrative, it doesn’t really work, but ot becomes strangely compelling. The Blu-ray offers problematic picture and audio along with a few bonus components. No one will mistake Flats for a good movie, but there’s something bizarrely interesting about it.