Strange Nature 2018
1h 40min | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 22 September 2018 (USA)
Based on a true unsolved ecological mystery, thousands of hideously deformed frogs have turned up in the waters of Minnesota. As seen through the eyes of a one hit wonder single-mother and her 11-year old son, a small town struggles with the unknown when the deadly mutations move beyond the ponds.
While this film is a lot of fun on its mutated face (and a very enjoyable popcorn movie) it does get you to think. Could this really happen, given all that we know about the way our world is being polluted and carelessly treated?
While we may not soon see mutated frog people walking down the aisles at Walmart, it does raise the question about just how safe our precious water resources really are. And since we as humans are made up mostly of water, this is a troublesome quandary.
Jim Ojala ambitiously takes on the monstrous task of writing, directing, casting, producing, and doing make-up effects for his labor of love. You can see his love for this project in every frame. This stuff isn’t easy to do, folks. In fact, it’s damn hard! But the final result was beautiful, in a sort of “mutant-frog” kind of way.
For weeks after I kept thinking about what I had seen. I had questions and tried to reconcile those in my mind. It’s not one of those “in-your-ear-out-your-ear” kind of films. It WILL make you think! And I LOVED the old recluse/dad character!
Director: James Ojala
Writer: James Ojala
Stars: Stephen Tobolowsky, David Mattey, Lisa Sheridan
Release Date: 22 September 2018 (USA)
Filming Locations: Duluth, Minnesota, USA