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BEHEMOTH
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Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert

Directed by: David Hogan

Starring:
Ed Quinn
Cindy Busby
William B. Davis

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Extras:  
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What's it about
A quaint mountain town at the base of a dormant volcano is plummeted by a continuous stream of earthquakes and aftershocks, making scientist wonder just what in the Sam Hill is going on. But when the quakes get bigger, opening giant cracks in the ground and releasing poisonous gas into the air, it becomes apparent that itís more than just a geological eventÖ but the rude awakening of a giant monster known as Behemoth!
Is it good movie?
After being disappointed by the SyFy Original monster movie DINOSHARK, I was in need of a serious monster movie to bring me back to the genre and redeem my faith that, while they canít all be as epic as MEGA PIRANHA, good monster movies are still being made and shown for all those deep in the SyFy universe to enjoy. And luckily, BEHEMOTH delivered what I wanted in spades and gave me exactly what I was looking for in terms of giant monster movie madness that only the SyFy Channel can deliver.

What makes BEHEMOTH work so well is how the film builds up the tension and the mystery as to what is going on in this small town, a mystery that is not only apparent to the players in the movie but also the audience. The majority of the film plays out like an epic disaster movie along the likes of DANTEíS PEAK: this dormant volcano is starting to wake upówhy? But as the scientist get closer to the bizarre seismic activity taking place on the mountain, it becomes more and more apparent that itís not just a geological issue, but a deeper (and scarier) issue. For the most part, the ride to discovering what the hell is happening is fun, itís engaging, and it more-or-less keeps the film moving along at a rapid pace (which is more than a lot of these SyFy films can say).

The acting is pretty spot-on and believable by all the main players, including the sexy scientist (Pascale Hunton), the burly mountain man hero (Ed Quinn), and the crazy old man who ends up being right about all the crazy shit heís been harping on about for months (William B. Davis aka The Smoking Man from THE X-FILES). In fact, everyone does a pretty solid job in terms of delivery and no one overacts to the point of annoyance, leading up to one of the more enjoyable SyFy monster movies Iíve seen in awhile (knocking everything Asylum does out of the park and then some).

With all of these glowing things to say, was there anything that didnít work? Most definitely. Thereís a sub-plot of the old man and his young lady friend stuck inside a sunken diner that was easily one of the dumbest exchanges of thought processes that Iíve ever seen. And what makes the whole sequence hurt even more is that they run the same ďsuspense-inducingĒ gag more than once during the same sequence. Seriously? The other issue I had with this beast is of the giant mountain monster itself. Yes, itís causing earthquakes and other crazy shit all around the world, and yeah it eats a couple of throwaway characters and annoying players over the course of the film, but reallyÖ this big, bad monster doesnít really do a whole lot. Once the monster wakes up and reveals itself, besides waving its tentacles around violently and looking incredibly scary, it doesnít wreak havoc on any big city (or small town for that matter), or destroy a ton of lives or cause a lot of destruction. It just waves itís freaky giant tentacles around and snarls. Thatís it? They really needed the Behemoth to do moreóif it had, it might have made this flick the ultimate SyFy Channel monster movie. Thatís not to say the effects werenít good and that the monster didnít look cool as hellóthe effects team brought their A game for sure. They just didnít have much to do once they were there.

Video / Audio
Video: BEHEMOTH is presented in a prestine anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) in a transfer that's smooth, sharp, and about as professional as these SyFy Originals get.

Audio: The earthquake rumblings shake the house thanks to the fine 5.1 Dolby Digital mix, showcasing the entertaining score, the snarls of the giant mountain monster, and all those quakes with enough bass and texture to make you feel like you're actually there.

The Extras
Sadly, nada.
Last Call
BEHEMOTH satisfied my SyFy Channel monster movie craving and then some, providing for an entertaining and thrilling sci-fi adventure with a solid script, spot-on acting, and one really big-ass monster to run the show. And while the Behemoth didn't really do anything, it was still fun to see a giant tentacled monster rise out of the top of a mountain and do some damage, solidifying it's spot in the SyFy Monster Hall of Fame.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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