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The NYT looks at Zak Penn's new movie Incident at Loch Ness. There's some confusion over whether it's a docudrama, a documentary or a mockumentary. Or maybe even just a movie.

And then there is "Incident at Loch Ness," the directorial debut of Zak Penn, a stocky young Hollywood screenwriter whose credits include "Antz" and "X-Men 2." "Loch Ness" revolves around the legendary monster said to lurk near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

"Are there people here confused about what they saw?" he asked an audience in June at the Seattle International Film Festival after unveiling the film, which later shared the festival's New American Cinema prize. Quite a few hands shot up.

The Internet is already buzzing about the movie, which is making the rounds of film festivals and will have an early Los Angeles premiere on Aug. 10 at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater. 'Is this a film about a documentary or a documentary about a film?' asks KRr at, 'Or a documentary about a documentary about a film?'

AlienBoy responds, 'I'm 99 percent sure it's a mockumentary starring Werner Herzog as himself trying to shoot a film about the Loch Ness monster, and everything goes horribly and hilariously wrong. Heard it was pretty damn funny.'

On the, Greg Atkins, who is identified as a fired prop man from a Herzog documentary called 'Enigma at Loch Ness,' writes that Mr. Penn is trying to put over a hoax on Mr. Herzog. (This site is a promotional vehicle for the film.)

'I do get e-mails from people who want to defend me against Zak Penn and do battle shoulder to shoulder,' Mr. Herzog said during a recent telephone interview between trips to Guyana and Alaska from his base here. 'This is an interesting exercise in truth interacting with facts.'

Count me in, regardless (though the article does clear up said confusion). One of the things next to Mr. Hitchcock's collections on our childhood bookshelves was a complete set of popular monster books aimed at children with pseudo-scientific data and almost lifelike drawings of Nellie the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, etc.


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