The story begins thirty years prior from where the remainder of the film takes place. A young kid, his scientist father and two other dudes are searching for the fabled Loch Ness monster at the famous lake in Scotland. Unfortunately, "Nessie" is the one that finds them. The huge creature bursts out from the depths of the murky waters and begins to chomp on one of the scientists assistants. Before long it kills the remainder of the team, leaving only the young kid. He survives the terrifying attack, witnessing the death of his father and getting a lifelong facial scar in the process. The story then jumps 30 years later to a small lake town situated on Lake Superior called Ashburn. It turns out that "Nessie" has found a way into these waters and she soon begins to feast on some of the locals. Cryptozoologist, James Murphey (Krause), was the young kid from the opening scene. He has been hunting "Nessie", a Plesiosaur, for most of his life. The new events taking place in Ashburn bring him to the secluded lake town. He hires young local guide named Josh to take him out on the lake. The two end up teaming up and bonding since each have experienced the loss of their fathers. The remainder of the film follows James' hunt for the deadly dinosaur. Although, many other obstacles stand in his way. Mainly, none of the townsfolk take him seriously. This especially holds true for Josh's mother, the town sheriff, and her deputy. It is up to James and Josh to prove the Plesiosaur's existence and to develop a plan that will take out the murdering dinosaur once and for all.
The typical "Sci-Fi Channel movie vibe" is prevalent throughout this feature. The acting is cheesy, the story has been done a thousand times over and the CGI is simply way over-the-top. I will say, though, that once the monster appears a couple of times you'll be used to its look and will get over most of the cheesiness. Or maybe not. Most of us that will sit through a film like this know what to expect, especially with the effects. As for the performances, as I earlier said, they are all quite cheesy. Krause does alright in the lead role as Murphy but it's not like he can save the acting of an entire film. Even he has some moments where his serious delivery got a laugh or two out of me.
In conclusion, and you may be surprised from the tone of the review to this point, but I actually had a fun time watching this movie. Of course it has an abundance of flaws but the bottom line is that I was thoroughly entertained. Many horror fans will like the amount of gore in this one. I was surprised myself, but when "Nessie" attacks, she fucks people up! Bodies are ripped in half, men are eaten alive and limbs are torn from torsos. The red stuff truly flows in this one. As I said, when watching a film called "Loch Ness Terror" you should know what to expect. In the end, if you're a fan of creature films, you'll have a good time. I've seen a lot of films in this sub-genre that were complete piles of shit. This is not the case with "Loch Ness Terror". It's a bloody, funny and just plain fun little B-movie.
- Jared Bajoras