The Monster of Piedras Blancas
The SLO County on the Silver Screen series has been announced and it includes the B-movie filmed on the North Coast, The Monster of "Piedras Blancas."
It will show on November 23, 2013 in Cayucos, one of the movie's locations. Check out the details at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival website.
The low budget film plays out in front of Morro Rock, recently the site of a Viagra commercial. Not sure who Morro Rock's agent is but if these were the best offers on the table I would suggest the "Gibraltar of the Pacific" look for new representation.
On October 20, 2002, the Tribune's Jay Thompson wrote about the film's history:
THE 'MONSTER' RETURNS\ CATCH A SCREENING
Lena Minetti remembers the spring day 44 years ago when Hollywood came calling to film "The Monster of Piedras Blancas."
The low-budget, drive-in horror flick, shot in less than two weeks in 1958 for $50,000, is the only movie ever filmed in Cayucos.
In the film, a 7-foot crab-man terrorizes the town, beheading its victims and sucking their bodies dry of blood. In one memorable scene, the creature flees with a man's severed head dangling from its claws.
This B-movie is more popular today than when it was released in 1959, despite the fact that the lighthouse depicted is in Point Conception.
"We were talking about that the other day, and I said, 'Well, I don't remember anything specific about the movie, ' " said Minetti, 78, a Cayucos resident who watched the filming. "And my son Mike, who's 49, said, 'Well I can always remember that monster's head coming out of Ghezzi's store.'
"I'm sure that there are a lot of people who were around at that time who have memories of the movie."
April Weeks of the Friends of the Cayucos Library said it's those memories that inspired "Hollywood Comes to Cayucos, 1958." The Oct. 27,  event, a fund-raiser for the organization to be held at the Cayucos Veterans Building, will feature two screenings of the movie, a panel discussion that includes leading lady Jeanne Carmen, an autograph session and a drawing for a replica of the monster's mask.
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