Everyone knows about the Loch Ness Monster. Most know about Canada’s Ogopogo and Lake Champlain’s “Champ”. But how familiar are you with the Lake Van Monster? That might be because you don’t live in Turkey. The lake and its alleged monster are quite the Turkish tourist attraction, and now they are about to be the subject of their first ever feature film.
Undead Backbrain brings us word of the Van Gölü Canavarı (Lake Van Monster) from Turkish director Bunyamin Yasar. Yeah, that Bunyamin Yasar! I don’t know who he is either; I just felt like being hyperbolic.
Yasar, describing the plot, “Three shepherds, who were dismissed from their town, come up with an idea while swimming in the lake that will fool the people of the town: They make a mock-up of a monster and film it. Then they make the people watch it in return for money and make very good money. But, at the end of the film, the shepherds see the real monster in the lake.”
I’d swear I’ve seen that exact same plot done in regard to the Loch Ness Monster, but I cannot remember exactly where I saw it. In true wacky Turkish cinema fashion, the flick will be an eclectic mix of action, romance, and comedy.
The Lake Van Monster has been sighted over 1000 times since 1995. For the filmmakers’ sake, I hope more than 1000 see the movie.
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