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Review – Small Town Monsters’ “Momo: The Missouri Monster”

Seth Breedlove and Small Town Monsters are back with another future best-selling documentary, and one that is sure to spur the interest of fans due to its under-hyped story. I’m talking about Momo the Missouri Monster, who I’d never heard of before my viewing of this movie but want to spend the summer searching for next year. First witnessed as far back as 1896, Momo didn’t hit the mainstream media until a series of sightings around Louisiana, Missouri (city, state. ow, geography) in the 1970’s. What followed was a series of cryptid-based hysteria that ensnared the town for several years before launching a big, hairy urban legend. Written, directed, produced and edited by Seth Breedlove with producers Adrienne Breedlove and Adam Duggan, Momo: The Missouri Monster is coming to DVD and digital starting September 20th 2019. If you don’t want a disc copy in your possession, you can find it on Vimeo, Amazon Instant Video and VIDI Space. Here’s why I recommend getting your hands on this documentary by any means necessary.

For the last four years, Seth Breedlove and Small Town Monsters have produced ten award winning, chart topping documentaries that have captured the attention of viewers around the world. While I’ve always noted that the production value behind Small Town Monsters films gets better and better with every new title, it does become the same formula over and over again. Momo: The Missouri Monster is the first documentary in Seth’s catalog to diverge from the beaten path and try something new. Instead of the typical voice-over by Lyle Blackburn, Lyle now graces the screen as the host of “Blackburn’s Cryptid Case Files,” and walks viewers through the history, groundbreaking story, and aftermath of the monster’s appearance and disappearance. It’s almost like “Destination America” meets “Finding Bigfoot.” At first, I was skeptical of this new path, maybe thinking that Momo’s tale of terror wasn’t strong enough to warrant a full feature, but the documentary style of Momo: The Missouri Monster is broken up by the appearance of Mr. Blackburn, as well as a 1970’s grindhouse film to really show off the urban legend.

I’ve always wondered what Seth & Co could do with narrative film, and those thoughts were answered with Momo: The Missouri Monster. Presented as a cheesy, B-movie styled romp in the woods followed by the panic that ensues around town, the short film featured inside this documentary stars Adam Duggan, Sara Heddleston, Amy Davies, William Nance, Grayden Nance, Mark Matzke, Ken Rose, Janet Jay, James Fay, Cliff Barackman (“Finding Bigfoot”) and Elizabeth Saint (“Ghosts of Shepherdstown”). The short film is written by Breedlove, Mark Matzke and Jason Utes; and the entire package that makes up Momo: The Missouri Monster features cinematography by Zac Palmisano. I was thoroughly entertained during these segments because I’m a huge creature feature fan. This tactic will really reel in horror fans while giving returning viewers a special surprise. It’s invigorating and quite genius that Momo: The Missouri Monster can successfully survive when broken up into three separate parts – a travel show, a cryptid documentary and a scary movie.

As per usual, Momo: The Missouri Monster contains a ton of information about Louisiana, Missouri including its founding, industrialization and current happenings. Small Town Monsters goes to every location open to the public that’s ever seen a Momo visit, and several members of the community who were around during the time of the beast’s heyday lend their commentary. Breedlove takes you into the craziest encounter with The Harrison Family in great detail, and even gives credit to the theory that Momo is tied to UFO activity near The Mississippi River. This was truly a bizarre, undiscovered tale that needed to be brought to life, and Breedlove was the man to do it! This is certainly a documentary you don’t want to miss. And as a woman near the end of the movie says, generations will pass Momo’s story along… until he decides to make a visit again. Until then, find this title on DVD and Digital this Friday! I was on the fence at first, but it rocked! I came for the facts and creepy history, but stayed for the grindhouse flick.

Final Score: 8 out of 10.

Written by Michael Therkelsen

(Senior Editor)