Friday, February 10, 2006


Roger Corman may have slowed down a bit in recent years, but he's still in there swinging. DINOCROC (2005) may not be one of the best movies he's had a hand in, but it doesn't completely suck, either.

A corporate genetic research laboratory has re-created a prehistoric, raptor-like crocodile which, of course, escapes into the nearby swamp and starts gobbling up random citizens and family pets. The company hires Australian crocodile hunter Costas Mandylor (doing a terrible Aussie accent) to retrieve the rapidly growing monster, all the while assuring the local law (the always-reliable Charles Napier) that there's nothing to worry about.

Not a damned thing new here, and the performances are pretty weak – except for Napier and female lead Jane Longenecker, a cute blonde who reminds me of a young Helen Hunt – but the monster's pretty damned cool, the CGI is decent enough for a movie of this budget, and director Kevin O'Niell does manage to generate some suspense here and there, especially at the climax.

Buena Vista's DVD presents DINOCROC in a flawless 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo sound. Aside from a few random trailers for other flicks from various Disney subsidiaries, there are no extras.

Nothing special, but not a bad choice for an undemanding night's rental if you're a monster movie fan.

BUY: DinoCroc