Photo - Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Dir: Jim Wynorski (a.k.a. Jay Andrews) (Piranhaconda, Monster Cruise, Chopping Mall)
Cast: David Carradine, James C. Burns, Amy Rasimas, John Callahan, Lisa Clapperton
USA, 2010 (TV)
Reason to see: Monster versus films have become quite a favourite of mine.
I think I'm becoming addicted to monster vs monster movies, they are so much fun. Lots of chomping, bad lines and easy to understand set ups. Although, even after 3 watches of Dinocroc vs Supergator I have no clue which is the Dinocroc and which is the Supergator. Mind you, consider I've enjoyed the movie each and ever time, I'm not sure how much it matters (although my logical brain says the one with the little arms must be the dinocroc). If it helps, I can't tell a real croc from a real gator although I think it has something to do with the squareness of their mouth. Don't quote me on that.
Dinocroc vs Supergator has all the awesome marks you need for a great monster movie. You have a beautiful island setting, conflict between many of the characters from the evil money over morals folks and morals over money folk, scientists, and of course various form of law enforcement. One of the things I loved about the film was the ridiculously huge cast, which is often need when you have monsters that chomping people, and there is no short supply to choose from. I was particularly fond of the inclusion of such characters as a conservation officer Cassidy Swanson (Amy Rasimas), the big game hunter called simply "The Cajun" and of course David Carradine who plays the evil money man Drake with an awesome kick-ass right hand woman Victoria (Lisa Clapperton) who is ruthless and takes care of business.
There was a lot that feels familiar here from other film, particularly from The Lost World: Jurassic Park (#2 in that series), and they did film Dinocroc vs Supergator on some of the same gorgeous locations. Often that can pull me out of a film, but in here it's all good fun and recognizing the character types and conflicts just made it all the more enjoyable. There is lots of monster action, running away and general terror in the film that makes it a great popcorn movie. The film also has an awesome western-themed score that made me smile every time it played. If you like monster movies, especially monster versus movies, Dinocroc vs Supergator is definitely one to add to your collection.
- Audio Commentary with executive producer Roger Corman and director Jim Wynorski (a.k.a. Jay Andrews) moderated by independent producer Perry Martin discussing how the film came together, locations for the film, relaying the story to the audience, strategies for independent filmmaking, the action/stunts done by the actual actors as well as locations and actions that couldn't be used for various reasons, casting actresses for the pretty girl roles, other films that shot on the same locations, including the reasoning behind which roles Roger Corman would pick to play himself, discuss casting & actors (including David Carradine) and discussing which effects should be real/practical vs CGI.
Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'll happily watch it again (and already have)
I'd highly recommend it to monster and versus movie fans
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© Shannon Ridler, 2011