"The Monster of Piedras Blancas"

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Postby Grover1 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:07 am

From The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Sunny San Luis Obispo County, with its missions, beaches and oak-covered hills, is the last place you’d typically think of as “scary.”

Yet the region has proved a popular shooting location for thrillers, monster movies and murder mysteries — from “The Monster of Piedras Blancas” to “Murder by Numbers.” The reason might be our rural charm, or our proximity to Hollywood. Or it could be that film crews find the Central Coast’s peaceful setting and friendly locals downright frightening.

'The Monster of Piedras Blancas’ (1959)

Shot in Cayucos, this rubber-suit monster flick takes place in the fictional town of Piedras Blancas.

In the movie, the lighthouse keeper’s daughter (Jeanne Carmen) leaves food for a cave-dwelling sea monster — a creature unknown to the locals until it starts killing people. One notable scene features the beast, which looks like a nastier version of “The Creature From the Black Lagoon,” carrying a severed human head.

Despite the shooting location and setting, the nearby Piedras Blancas lighthouse isn’t shown in the film. Instead, the lighthouse at Point Conception stands in for the real thing.

From the NY Times ... http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/33175/T ... s/overview

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