Image: Courtesy of eOne Films.
Dir: Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary, The In Crowd, Clubland)
Cast: Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, A Martinez, Kathryn Joosten
USA, 2011 (DVD release)
Reason to see: I listened to a review or if on Tuning into SciFi: Saturday B-Movie Reel and it sounded like bucketloads of fun.
Who could resist a monster film that stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson and has a vs. in the title? I couldn't. No way, no how. I knew I had to see Mega Python vs. Gatoroid and since it's a SyFy original I was thrilled to see it get a DVD release so I could finally see it in all it's cheesy glory. And there is a lot of cheesy glory.
In Mega Python vs. Gatoroid we have Chief Ranger Terry (Tiffany) as the law enforcement trying to ensure the antsy locals hunters don't hunt the oddly under norm alligator population in the estuary. Enter Dr. Nikki (Debbie Gibson), animal activist who is pro-let nature take care of herself and does some of her own tampering to 'balance' things out. On paper the 80's singers feel like they would be on the same page, but nothing could be further from the truth. At odd at every step, the added vs. in the film is none other than Terry and Nikki!
The film is ridiculous and enjoyable in every way. The dialogue is hilarious, the plot is more than ridiculous and the effects are very obvious, but the film made me laugh at every turn. It's over the top at every step, and I had oodles of fun watching it. I loved Kathryn Joosten who plays another ranger Angie, and also serves as a no-fuss no muss mom-like character Tiffany and I adored her 'I'll take care of it' attitude, regardless of the ridiculousness of the situation. We also have Dr. Diego Ortiz (played by A Martinez!), as the non-local but close-enough who seems to know everything they need about the nature, science and tech side of everything - plus he can pilot a helicopter. Pretty awesome, eh?
Overall, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid is a boat load of fun. It's completely cheesy, sassy and knows exactly who it's audience is and caters specifically to them. If you like your cheese, this is totally for you and is extra special goodness for folks of the Tiffany/Debbie Gibson rivalry generation. I had so much fun watching it and easily would watch it again.
- Featurette (11 minutes) behind the scenes, film clips and interviews including with director Mary Lambert, stunt coordinator Steve Hart, visual effects supervisor Mark Kochinski and actors Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Kathryn Joosten and A Martinez on what drew them to the project, working together, on the characters and the drive of the characters and the fight scene, the campy nature of the film, working with real animals, the inspiration and creation of the effects, the challenge of working with effects and they even touch on the legacy of the rivalry between singers Tiffany & Debbie Gibson.
Shannon's Overall View:
It cracked me up
I'll watch it again
I highly recommend it as a campy monster movie
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© Shannon Ridler, 2011
Debbie Gibson in MEGA PYTHON VS. GATOROID. Courtesy of eOne Films.
Tiffany in MEGA PYTHON VS. GATOROID. Courtesy of eOne Films. / A Martinez in MEGA PYTHON VS. GATOROID. Courtesy of eOne Films.