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Several years before Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez conceived "Grindhouse" as an homage to drive-in movies, Rick Montana and exploitation great Dave Friedman developed the idea to do just that with two "creature features". Thus "Search for the Beast" and "Return of the Beast" were born. They are not "Matrix" or any other multi-million dollar special effects epic. "Return of the Beast" was created to be a drive-in movie feature and succeeds on every level. It is a humorous, racey, redneck romp, filled with hungry hillbilly cannibals, bountiful boobage, tumultuous tittillation, and awesome aardvarking! It's best seen with your best girl in the back seat of a '62 ...

  • DirectorRick Montana
  • Runtime: 1 hr 20 min
  • StudioArledge Productions
  • QualityHD

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Return of the Beast
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REAL Exploitation Movie-Making is Alive and Well.

To put this movie in some perspective, I'm going to veer off in the Wayback Machine to some film history. Back as far as the 1920's, film makers realized that through the craft of making movies, they wielded great power to shock, titillate and MAKE BIG money. The public's hunger for spectacle and controversy- both good and bad, created the movie genre we know today as "Exploitation." These films were typified by their low budgets, amateur casts, hit-and-miss special effects and over-the-top violence or sex or BOTH.

During the 60's and 70's indie film crews churned these films out by the thousands and many directors and producers made a big name for themselves doing it. One of these producer/directors was Birmingham, Alabama native David Friedman (Blood Feast, The Joys of Jezebel, Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS, Two Thousand Maniacs! and MANY more). Somewhere along the way Mr. Friedman befriended and be-partnered with entertainer/entrepreneur Rick Montana.

In 1997, Montana, by then a fixture in low-budget films by the likes of THE Fred Olen Ray, made his directorial debut with the controversial feature-length movie Search for the Beast. There was plenty of nudity, hillbilly cannibals, blood, and lowbrow humor- but that's not the controversial part. THAT part involves a hulking Sasquatch creature who has a penchant for violating young girls unlucky enough to camp in his woods. David Friedman makes an appearance as Milton St. John, a shady businessman who hires anthropologist David Stone (played by Rick Montana) to lead an expedition to find the elusive beast. Dr. Stone thinks he's on a scientific expedition. What he doesn't know is, some of his crew have been paid off by St. John to kill the beast in retaliation for the death of his son. The result is a lot of double-crossing, guns-a'blazing, girls a'jiggling fun with a dose of monster violence and mayhem. Fast-forward to:

2013: Rick Montana makes the sequel: Return of the Beast. In this new installment, Dr. David Stone is lured out of retirement by the sultry Dr. Heather Fine played by April Whatley (House of Cards, Unknown Caller, Operator, Die and Die Again!). Dr. Stone and Dr. Fine head back into the Okaloosa wilderness to again track down the Beast who contributed to the heavy body count of the LAST expedition. Dr. Stone simply wants to clear his name and redeem himself for the disaster of his last expedition. Robert "Stupid" Crowson reprises his role as the hapless young hiker who lost his girl to the beast- only this time he's a Rambo-esque mountain man out for his own dose of revenge against the mysterious monster who roams the wood. Once again we have a healthy dose of nekkidness, cannibal hillbillies, betrayal, underhanded shenanigans, monster violence and humor. The fight between the crazy hiker and the mob goons is laugh-out-loud awesome and the newcomers Mr. Montana cast steal the show. I predict we'll be seeing more of them in the future- especially actor/stuntman Brian Alexander. Look, Shakespeare this ain't. While fanboys spoiled on fancy CGI and big-name stars playing out fancy "plotlines" will turn their noses up at this and try to show off what cinema snobs they are by bashing this movie and those like it, I'm giving it 5 stars. This is classic drive-in exploitation stuff and it comes from a genuine lineage, unlike the forced, "tribute" stuff put out by Quintin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez. This is just plain titillating fun. So grab a copy- better yet, grab the drive-in double feature and see BOTH movies with a big tub of buttered popcorn and your favorite honey.

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