At first blush, it seemed too fantastic to believe, but it is real and way too much fun. The Cayucos community will have a long laugh together when this project is “in the can.”
In college 40 years ago, Jan Lewis and Kim Borchard worked with Cayucos friends on a student film project. Jan is a Cayucan. Kim, who now lives in Tasmania, visits family annually, mid-May through the Fourth of July.
For fun and to give back to the community, Kim and Jan plus friends are producing “The Monster of Cayucos,” a spoof of the film shot around Cayucos in the 1950s called “The Monster of Piedras Blancas.”
Jan explained the movie’s plot: “A town is terrorized by an ugly green sea creature with a penchant for severed heads.”
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She says the movie occasionally shows up on late-night television, but the only people who care are Cayucos’ monster fans. Many were in the original cast and appreciate their town’s brief moment of screen fame.
Several of them who still reside in the area have committed to the 2012 remake. In June, they digitized the Super 8 footage to incorporate into a new film with a modern plot twist.
“Then a remarkable coincidence took place,” Jan explained. “A few days after we committed to the remake, the movie studio mask worn by the Monster of Piedras Blancas in the original movie became available on Craigslist in San Luis Obispo. We bought it. It was like a 50-year-old message from the watery depths to get this movie made. There’s no going back.”
On the Fourth of July last year, the filmmakers shot updated video of their 6-foot-4-inch green monster with a “head the size of a small refrigerator” at various Cayucos holiday happenings such as the parade, and bingo and sand castle events.
Jan admits they could use some help. Their group is lean on filmmaking experience, and their timeline is aggressive.
They intend to rewrite, cast, shoot, edit and premiere at this year’s Fourth of July event.
“We have had a year of planning,” Jan said. “Now we are calling on volunteers who want to be involved in any aspect of this creative film project, from costume-making to acting, directing, filming and editing.”
Contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 995-1255 and let her know your skill and interest levels. Once Kim arrives, the group wants to hit the ground running.
After all, Jan noted, “We are the same two who attempted to make the world’s largest pizza in Cayucos in the early 1970s.”
Reach Judy Salamacha at email@example.com or 801-1422.