Monster (1980 film)

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Monstroid is a 1980 American film directed by Kenneth Hartford. It was originally titled Monster when the film was first announced in 1975 and again in 1977, and suffered numerous cast changes (most notably Keenan Wynn who was still billed on some early video releases). The film was eventually released in 1980 as Monstroid, and is also known as Monstroid: It Came from the Lake (American DVD box title) and The Toxic Horror (American alternative title). A novelization written by Peter Crowcroft was released concurrently with the film.The film bills itself as being based on a true story that took place in "Chimayo, Colombia" in 1971. However, the village is entirely fictional, and the film was actually shot in Chimayo, New Mexico and Ambalema, Colombia.One night in the fishing village of Chimayo, Colombia, María Reyes witnesses a monster devouring her husband José. Some years later, the American cement manufacturer Durado Cement dispatches troubleshooter Bill Travis (James Mitchum) to Chimayo to restore order to their manufacturing plant there: an anti-corporate activist named Victor Sanchez has been exploiting the villagers' fear of the monster to stir up hostility against Durado, which has been polluting their fishing waters in Lake Chimayo. In the process, María has become ostracized from the villagers: a group led by a man named Carlos calls her "la bruja" ("the witch"). In addition, Travis must silence an American TV reporter named Patty Clark who has been exposing the pollution of the lake.

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