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Dinocroc vs. Supergator
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08.12.2011 By: Jason Adams
Dinocroc vs. Supergator order
Director:
Jim Wynorski

Actors:
David Carradine
Corey Landis
Amy Rasimas

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two giant reptiles escape, eat people and then fight each other.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
At this point I'm getting a little tired of shitty SciFi Channel Original films. As they make them more purposefully bad and outlandish, they lose some of the natural charm and fun. But truthfully, DINOCROC VS SUPERGATOR was on the better side of mediocre. At least it has its moments.

Perhaps some of that can be attributed to director by Jim Wynorski, a veteran B-movie filmmaker whose credits extend from "classic" horror like CHOPPING MALL and GHOULIES 4 to softcore adaptations like THE BARE WENCH PROJECT and THE DA VINCI CO-ED. Wynorski wastes absolutely no time getting to what's important. The very first shot of the movie is the Dinocroc (or Supergator…I couldn't tell and it really doesn't matter in the movie) escaping and eating people. We find out the scientists at Sector 13 were using an enhanced “growth matrix,” originally designed to grow giant vegetables, to make big ass reptiles. Of course they did not realize this was a bad idea at the time.

Where DINOCROC VS SUPERGATOR kind of goes off the rails in a fun way is just how many ridiculous characters they try to cram in to this 90 minute movie. First, there's the esteemed David Carradine in one of his final roles, spending his entire screentime as the villain sitting by a pool drinking. (SPOILER: Just when you think he's going to finally go Kung Fu when the FBI busts in to his house, Carradine's character immediately dies of a heart attack. Convenient.) In addition to the killed Bill, the film also follows his incompetent security forces, depressing mercenaries and idiot scientists as they attempt to track down the title characters. Then there's the busty wildlife officer (take a shot for ever button of her uniform she leaves open), her cop father who looks like an aging Patrick Warburton, and the random engineer/government spy she runs in to and subsequently falls in love with. (His backstory—he's obsessed with his Hawaiian shirt.) And finally you have The Cajun, the redneck version of Crocodile Dundee who should be the most formidable hunter but instead spends the entire film standing around looking like Michael Vartan while everyone else does all the work.

Oh, and who could forget Jerry the Pool Boy, who's single scene in the film leaves the biggest impression, even becoming something of a sensation on E!'s "The Soup" with Joel McHale. His classic line, "That I do, sir!" almost justifies the existence of DINOCROC VS SUPERGATOR on its own. Even better is the fact that Jerry's brief conversation with an arriving movie studio executive (who mocks the SAW franchise) literally exists only to set up a character who will be immediately killed in his next scene. That's right DINOCROC VS SUPERGATOR is so badass it even gives backstory to its random victims.

Aside from the cast the movie is fairly generic SciFi Channel stuff (bad CGI, horrible script, even worse acting), but it has a few nice touches. There's extended flashbacks to something that happened earlier in the movie, which means they literally reuse minutes worth of footage. Also "special" is the fact that everyone in the movie is obsessed with "MP4 technology." Any time data is mentioned the character randomly insists that it be in MP4 format, which makes me applaud the filmmakers' adherence to quality multimedia compression. And finally, there's a memorable sequence that references an Indiana Jones movie. Unfortunately that movie is KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL and that sequence is the "nuke the fridge" moment.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by producer Roger Corman and director Jim Wynorski: I love Roger Corman and he's a pleasure to listen to, even discussing trash like this, but I still can't recommend sitting through the movie again to listen to this.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Could've been worse, I guess. If you want to see for yourself, click here to check out the Awfully Good take on DINOCROC VS SUPERGATOR for videos.

Extra Tidbit: Jim Wynorski's next film is PIRANHACONDA. God help us all.
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