I rented the movie Lake Placid the other night. You know, the one about the giant crocodile that wreaks mayhem on the folks that live on a remote lake. It was actually pretty crappy, but it got me thinking. Water-based horror flicks have long been popular, right? Movies like The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Prophecy, Jaws, Deep Blue Sea, Anaconda. Those all had pretty cool antagonists, but I think it’s time for a killer fish to go nuts and tear up a town.
In case you haven’t heard about what’s going on out a Folsom Lake, I’ll bring you up to speed.
It started very quietly back in the fall of 1991 . The lake was extremely low that year and all three boat ramps at Granite Bay were out of the water. A fisherman soaking worms for catfish one evening near Beal’s Point caught the ugliest fish he’d ever seen. The big brown beast (he described it as a “turd with fins”) had a few giant scales scattered along it’s leathery looking hide. It had small beady eyes and a couple wormish feelers on the outsides of its rubbery lips. The heavy fish was obviously a carp – and a sick one at that – so the angler did the only right thing to do which was punt it unceremoniously up onto the beach.
Well, folks, this week we’re going to stray a bit from the norm — something pretty exciting that all of Auburn can be proud of is about to take place. Let me tell you about it…
This tale begins way back in about 1984, when I was a sophomore at Placer. In those long, summer days before any of my friends had driver’s licenses, we spent a lot of time goofing off. One of our favorite pastimes was making “movies” with a video camera.