Spoiler-Free Review of Small Town Monsters’ “MOMO: The Missouri Monster” Scary & Entertaining Narrative Horror/Documentary Hybrid!

In this article, without spoiling, we review the latest horror documentary film by Small Town Monsters’ Seth Breedlove, named “MOMO: Missouri Monster” about the 1972 sightings of a tall hairy beast with foul odor terrorizing the -then- small town (and current city) of Louisiana of Missouri State of the US (Thus, the first initial MO- the postal code of Missouri), and then the term used by the locals to address the beast- Monster (Thus, the last initial, MO). This combined into MOMO- The Missouri Monster.

Releasing on VOD (Video On Demand) , Amazon Instant Video, and VIDI Space and DVD on September 20th 2019, The DVD release of MOMO: The Missouri Monster (SRP $14.99) will exclusively include a 51 minute behind-the-scenes featurette.

The film stars Adam Duggan and Sara Heddleston, as well as Animal Planet’s Cliff Barackman and James “Bobo” Fay with special appearances by Janet Jay and Elizabeth Saint (Ghosts of Shepherdstown).  

Movie Runtime: 81 minutes

Making of MOMO Featurette: 51 minutes (DVD only)

Please read on to find out why it’s such a great horror documentary filled with blockbuster movie moments as well!

Official Synopsis:

The year was 1972 and the place was a tiny, quaint, riverfront town called Louisiana, Missouri. On a warm summer evening, two local kids saw a creature in their own backyard holding a dead dog. Before you could say the word “Bigfoot”, local media and police officials had pounced on the story. Overnight Louisiana became “monster central” with creature seekers and monster hunters combing the woods to look for “the thing” that the newspapers had dubbed “MOMO”. One particular family was at the center of this whirlwind of activity and as the Missouri Monster sightings began to increase, so did the negative impact on the Harrisons. 

In 1975, a film crew set out to tell an over-the-top, filmic version of the MOMO sightings. Due to one reason or another, this should-have-been-cult-classic was never released. Until now.

First Official Trailer:

Official Trailer #2:-

SPOILER FREE REVIEW-

Like the former movies by Small Town Monsters, this is a documentary type of a film but this time it’s vastly improved, as the structure is a witness story visualized + Analysis talk of history and geography + interview of present day relative of witnesses or elders/witnesses who actually lived during the time of such sightings of the hairy beast or UFOs. 

The story is about sightings of a creature like the Bigfoot but unique to Missouri as the creature has 3 toed legs and dead dog in his hands (Like pyramid head of silent hill having humanoid corpse). The film is presented as a TV show which is akin to various documentaries or even ghost hunting shows on Discovery/National Geographic or History channel, but more exciting without sacrificing the quality. The show starts with a tale of two girls out for a picnic that spot the creature first and we see their struggle of escape. Then, the show continues on by featuring the Harrison family of Louisiana, who start seeing the creature and then, the word goes around about the sightings, with the creature making headlines even on newspapers in the US, and giving birth to the creature’s name of MOMO, that is, the Missouri Monster.

This film is not just showcasing the visualization of the witness stories but also debunking various false claims, myths and also cross verifying the facts through present day witness interviews. For international audience too, it provides vital basic information like the year of the establishment of Louisiana, the source of income of the first settlers, and even the origin of the town’s name. So, even if you’re not from Louisiana, you’d feel home while watching this movie, as was the case with various US cities and “Terror in the Skies” horror documentary. We get to see the geographical landmarks like the Mississippi river, and the “Star Hill”. The film, with some short scenes and flashbacks to actual drive-in monster & UFO horror movies, plays homage to the drive-in theaters and 70s grind-house horror theaters (A grindhouse or action house is an American term for a theater that mainly shows B films of niche genre, – Wikipedia).

The cast who played the Harrison family, the townsfolk, and let’s not forget the two picnic friends shown in the start- all acted very well (Full Cast & Crew List on IMDb). The entire team has done an awesome job here, as it never felt like a visualization of the witness story, as we see that it has been given a treatment of a film itself and not juts a tool to visualize the stories told by the witnesses, that’s a huge change in the approach from “Terror in the Skies” horror documentary film by Small Town Monsters. I always looked forward to the “main story or show”, because it was made so well that it actually felt like a great movie within this documentary. Thus, horror entertainment filled with real facts and priceless information.

Presentation by Lyle Blackburn was very professional and the sections gave all the facts without any wastage of time. It did feel like a professional scientific show on the TV, thus, the name- Blackburn’s Cryptid Casefiles. Cartoon screens which were featured during the transitions between the show and analysis were funny and that made a smooth shift of scene, instead of just fading it away or other editing transitions. The screens give it an authentic show feel. The interviews did feel honest and the witnesses were seen saying what they had in mind instead of saying things they were given on prompt cards.  

Music by Brandon Dalo is hauntingly beautiful, the narration is strong and cinematography is brilliant, with the entire film feeling nothing short of an art. The editing by Seth Breedlove is awesome as there’s always something to look forward to, even during the interviews or analysis,  as we see multiple angles, Missouri landmarks, short clips of classic movies, newspapers clipping etc. valuable information. So, even with a blink of an eye, you might miss something important!

I think this movie can be considered as PG-13 as some monster scenes from the movie are indeed frightening, and children might start seeing this in nightmares as a result of imagination unless guided by a parent or a guardian.  Otherwise, there’s no direct violence, no nudity, no sex scenes, no swear words or no offensive humor involved.  In fact, aside from the monster or some creepy scenes in broad daylight, the movie is a great watch for the entire family who loves horror or if it’s a special day like Halloween!

Overall, with a strong editing, natural acting performances, valuable real witness interviews, and professional quality presentation, Small Town Monster’s MOMO- Missouri Monster is scary, entertaining and informative film to watch for any horror or history fans. It’s like a beautiful fragment of Louisiana City & Missouri State’s history and culture, which no one should skip. It has the perfect blend of real and fiction, which is rarely seen but made possible through awesome editing, acting, special effects, interviews, real location footage, and monster that feels very real. With plenty of behind the scenes and collectible value, the DVD of this film seems as priceless because of the informational and cultural value it has for horror fans and especially true for the residents of Missouri.

Where to Watch the Movie?

Releasing on VOD (Video On Demand) , Amazon Instant Video, and VIDI Space and DVD on September 20th 2019, The DVD release of MOMO: The Missouri Monster (SRP $14.99) will exclusively include a 51 minute behind-the-scenes featurette.

Ahead of the national video release, a midnight premiere is scheduled at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, September 6th with cast and crew in attendance. The premiere will coincide with Cryptid-Con, a cryptozoology and paranormal convention celebrating its third year and featuring a number of renowned authors, television personalities, and speakers.  On Friday, September 13th, the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, OH will play host to the Ohio Premiere of MOMO with cast and crew in attendance. Finally, on September 20th, as MOMO hits audiences nationwide, the Missouri Monster will storm the State Theater in Point Pleasant, WV as part of the kickoff for the annual Mothman Festival.

Buy MOMO: The Missouri Monster

IMDb Page of the Film

IMDb List of Cast & Crew

Small Town Monsters IMDb list of films

Small Town Monsters on Twitter:- 

https://twitter.com/SmlTownMonsters

FaceBook Page of Small Town Monsters

Instagram of Small Town Monsters.

Official Website of Louisiana City of Missouri, USA. (Tourism edition: Visit yourself!)

Wikipedia (Louisiana of Missouri)

Our past articles about Small Town Monsters:-

  1. Small Town Monsters’ Terror in the Skies Documentary Review- Thunderbird, Mothman,& Piasa Bird Legends Decoded in an Entertaining & Scientific Way!
  2. “On the Trail of… Bigfoot” – Documentary Review
  3. Interview: Seth Breedlove | Small Town Monsters Presents: Terror In the Skies
  4. “On the Trail of… UFO’s”, the next Small Town Monsters Project
  5. Interview: Seth Breedlove | On the Trail of Bigfoot
  6. Small Town Presents: On the Trail of… Bigfoot Available on YouTube.

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