I get the feeling the director was looking to make some kind of artistic or perhaps political statement with the film, maybe it has something to do with the south I can’t really tell. If it was his intention to make some kind of political observation, then I’m afraid he failed on so many levels. If I were a betting man, I would put my chips on the possibility that the film was at least thirty minutes to an hour longer than it’s presented today. It’s the only logical explanation I can come up with to explain the disjointed and sloppy editing. After watching the film, you’re left with a million unanswered questions. The whole centerpiece of the plot, the sheep thing, isn’t even explained. There are hints here and there, like a conversation where Eddie the sheep herder mentions something about having a dream where gold dust flew in his barn or something. The professor is even worse at giving an explanation because the writing seems like it’s supposed to impress us more than explain the actual plot. He throws out a whole lot of scientific mumbo jumbo that doesn’t even make sense, and mentions gasses in the caverns, but this doesn’t explain how a Embrio somehow magically appeared in Ediie’s barn! Did they just miss this part of their own script? Speaking of that professor, it may be just me, but the guy reminded me of Dr. Quest on Johnny Quest. Just thought I would throw that out there while on the subject. There are other equally strange and totally unexplained things going on all throughout the film, like why is it that everyone is dressed as if it’s California circa-1876? I think I heard Silverdale mention something about it being a restoration society or something around those lines. I got the idea that they were committed to believing it was the 1800s or something, but then if that were the case what were they doing with cars everywhere? Why wasn’t this explained? It also seems to be hinted at in the film that Silverdale is a racist and this is why he hates Barnstable so much, but after watching the film three times now, there’s no mentioning of race at all. Maybe I just didn’t pay close enough attention, but I don’t think I’m wrong because I’ve seen people call Silverdale a racist in plot summaries.
There are also just those moments where you grab the sides of your head and just shake it furiously, trying to block out the stupidity that has invaded it. Like, during the center of the film Silverdale concocts a plan to smear Barnstable’s image by faking the accidental death of a dog (Yes, I know). Anyway, they throw a funeral for the dog the next day (Yes, I know) where Silverdale and his goons start lathering on the hatred for Barnstable, but right after the funeral is over and Barnstable is nowhere in sight, it is revealed (although we seen it for ourselves a scene earlier) that it was all a hoax. The owner of the dog reveals that he shipped it to his son out of state, now this is where things get a little strange folks, the owner of the dog steps up to the casket and lifts it to reveal no dog inside, but on the soundtrack a dog starts barking for no absolute reason! I don’t understand for a second why this was placed here. I could understand it if the guy was in grief over his dog, but just throwing in the sound effect for no reason produces one of the strangest moments in the film for me. Then again, when you’re talking about Godmonster of Indian Flats ‘strangest moments in the film’ come about every ten minutes. One of the most infamous weirdo moments comes after the godmonster sheep thing is released out on to the public. Mariposa runs out after the beast, for no apparent reason, skipping until she finds him. Once she does, she begins to dance with the giant sheep. That’s right, they dance. It’s one of those moments in film history you’ll never forget, it really is. The king of all weirdness in the film is without a doubt the ending, I’ve watched it three times now, and I still can’t make sense of it. This is truly what sets the film apart from other crappy films out there, this one just doesn’t make any sense. It implodes upon it’s self rather than self destructing. Like a black hole sucking up all it’s surroundings, Godmonster of Indian Flats will take away many braincells.
The acting doesn’t deserve too much comment. Christopher Brooks (who went on to have a successful career in Hollywood as a composer) isn’t a bad actor and has a charm about him, but look at the film man. The rest of the cast don’t deserve much mention. Well, except the Dr. Quest look-alike professor. He was hilarious. His whole attitude seemed based around the fact that he thought he was a genius, like talking and pronouncing every word with far too much concentration. There’s really nothing else to say about Godmonster, it doesn’t make sense, it’s completely inept and there are more plot holes in it to either thoroughly confuse you or make you laugh until you’re red in the face. I’m giving it a three, because anything higher would be too gracious just for making me laugh, and anything lower would be too offensive for this cheesy and bizarre classic. One of my favorite bad films, and if you ask me, it should at least be considered one of the worst.