"The Redemption Of The Monster From Piedras Blancas" - It's For The Children!!

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Avery Guerra

Way back in 1959 Irvin Berwick and his crew descended upon the small town of Cayucos, California, filmed a rather forgettable clone of 'Creature from the Black Lagoon', and left. Normally that would be the end of the story, yet now some fifty-plus years later local residents Jan Lewis, Kim Eastman and Kerrigan Mahan have resurrected the legacy of 'The Monster of Piedras Blancas' as a unique fundraiser for the Cayucos School Foundation.

Interestingly enough, 'The Redemption of the Monster from Piedras Blancas'  is being touted as modern 'Wizard of Oz' instead of a retro monster flick by the film makers. The story revolves around Bella (played by Tess Endersby), a young surfer girl who like Dorothy is transported to a surreal world where munchkins, tin men, lions and witches are replaced by one mean-tempered sea creature.

'We're off to see the monster, the wonderful monster of Piedras Blancas.'

'We aren't in Cali anymore Toto.'

Sorry I couldn't resist...

As the story goes young Bella helps the monster change his ways and redeem himself, as a result she is returned to her family and friends.

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Here is the scoop:

"This modern fairy tale, set in the sleepy beach town of Cayucos, pays homage to the original 1959 movie, “The Monster of Piedras Blancas,” filmed entirely in this very town. Shot using local and mostly amateur talent, both onscreen and off, “The Redemption of the Monster of Piedras Blancas” is a funny, heartwarming story with a comical look at the natives of both land and sea. Following the adventures of young surfer girl, Bella, and her little dog, Lighthouse, venturing out for a day of surfing, not having any luck finding her surfing guru and chaperone, old man, Cass, she determinedly sets out for her secret surfing spot with her ever vigilant Lighthouse, riding shotgun in a wagon behind her bicycle rig, not heeding her mother’s directive of never surfing alone. When Cass shows up at Bella’s house, having overslept, the race is on to find Bella, who after surviving a huge rogue wave, wakes up in a monster’s cave, only to realize that he is the infamous Monster of Piedras Blancas, and has saved her life, has changed his monstrous ways, proudly having gone “green,” and entertaining a stunned Bella, with his rap and cuisine, expounding on his newfound awareness and importance of not eating your friends, or the neighborhood kitties! Awakening on the beach, surrounded by family and friends, she desperately tries to convince them all of her adventures with the now redeemed Monster of Piedras Blancas."

Fans of good old fashioned monster movies, and children everywhere, can make donations to Cayucos School Foundation via the films website http://themonster.us/.

A $10 donation well net you a DVD copy of the film but a $15 donation will land you a prize bonanza featuring a Movie Poster, an Original Script and much, much more!

The monster, which looks like a nastier version of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy lighthouse town. The superstitious lighthouse keeper is worried for the safety of his beautiful teenage daughter, so he leaves food for the monster, who dwells in a nearby cave. When bodies wash up ashore, the locals take notice. - IMDB

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