Just bad...not 'good' bad.
I like films that are so bad that they're good as much as the next person but this film was just plain bad! There were a few amusing scenes but feh. The funniest thing to me was how sooo low budget this film appeared (like it had been made for a few thousand dollars only). Another funny thing was how they showed only the creature's arm in a number of scenes. Another funny scene was where the monster jumps into the sheriff's car. It's so obvious that someone threw an empty monster suit into the car. In a later scene they throw an empty monster suit at Martin Landau & Landau proceeds to wrestle with the empty suit! He also wrestled with a fake giant octopus in "Ed Wood" but that film was intentionally funny to show Wood's inept film qualities. Granted, the Ruth Buzzi on a broom scene is bizarre too.
What drew me to this film, 30 years after I first saw the poster in a theatre lobby (which isn't the poster shown here btw), was the has-beens in the cast. I'm a sucker for z films with faded stars. For an ultra cheap film...having Dorothy Malone, Martin Landau, Jose Ferrer & add to that Ruth Buzzi(?)...well I wanted to see this. Regrettable decision that that was. The way these actors got cast in this garbage is probably a more entertaining story than the film's actual script. I was aware that Landau's career was oddly in the toilet in the early 80's & he was appearing in shockingly bad low budget stuff (like "Alone in the Dark" which had Jack Palance in it too). Ironically, several years later both Palance & Landau would return to the top of the food chain again by both winning Oscars (Landau for "Ed Wood" & Palance for "City Slickers"). Talk about big time career resuscitation! Jose Ferrer & Dorothy Malone were former Oscar winners so it's best not to even remember this awful film on their esteemed career lists. Anyhoo each person has different tastes so you may enjoy this inept film. I really didn't. The last 20 minutes are the best part of the film.