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Actually, there’s a lot to like in CREATURE and if they only decided to take the monster and the kills one step further, this flick would be sitting in the monster movie hall of fame. But instead of going full throttle, they held back on the kills and the gore, and for a movie like this, a move like that absolutely takes away any chance of it being a great monster movie, and simply categorizes it as “OK”. The good: the flick had enough sense to be exploitive in its T&A, delivering plenty of gratuitous nudity from beginning to end and even throwing in a semi-hot girl-on-girl sequence that somewhat came out of nowhere. Yes! Then amidst all the nude hotness the filmmakers take it to a whole other level of extreme and throw in incestual hotness which is actually not hot all but rather really f*cking disturbing. And yet, going in the direction of having a sister give her brother a tug job while peeping another couple getting it on is pretty damn ballsy and for that, I’ll give CREATURE some mad props.
Too bad the ballsiness of incest T&A didn’t bleed over into how it handled the creature of Lockjaw and its kills. This is where the film falls flat. Looking beyond the weaksauce look of the creature (i.e., a rubber suit with attached mask), it’s the utter blahness of the kills and the lack of blood and gore. Sure, there’s a blood splat here and there, but for the most part all the moneyshots happen off-screen or, worse yet, the real bodily damage scenes are all handled with a cut-away. Was this R rated movie made for TV? I would have thought so if it weren’t for all the swearing and the titties, because based on the uber-weak gore and violence, this shit could have aired on cable TV. And for a monster movie like CREATURE, taking the joy away of a monster laying the smackdown on its prey is a downright shame.
The “friends”, of course, aren’t really much friends at all, and actually the whole group dynamic is a little hard to follow. There’s a brother and sister, and then another brother and sister, and a fiancé, and a girlfriend. But nothing is laid out as such, it’s all dropped by vague conversational exposition that isn’t immediately clear. And when there’s a key sequence of brother-on-sister action, it’s best not to have said sister call the dude “little brother” earlier on right after calling some other chick “little sister” -- I couldn’t tell whether she called everybody brother and sister, or if they were actually brother and sister! But no matter, everyone sucks in this movie, which is great, because it’s a monster movie and they’re the main course.
The shining light, of course, was the presence of genre-friendly Sid Haig, who plays the roughnecked hillbilly about as masterfully as they come. And the main chick, Serinda Swan, is smokin’ hot and has more talent in her elbow than the rest of her schlocky cast mates, which is really saying something considering how “OK” she was (but damn fine to look at). And I suppose some attention show be given to Daniel Bernhardt, who portrays the backwoods legend in both its human and creature form. Not much attention, mind you, but some—nothing spectacular or memorable is done with the creature, but anyone who has to work in a big ol’ rubber suit like that for hours on end deserves some damn respect!
Audio: Because the movie relies on the off-screen sound effects to get its creature effects across, the sound here (mixed in 5.1 surround sound) is solid, delivering everything you'd expect from a flick like this.
On the Bayou: An in-depth history on bringing the story of Lockjaw and CREATURE from the script to the big screen, with interviews from the filmmakers, the cast, and the crew. Again, you'll get more out of the story and the creature part of the movie from this featurette than the actual movie itself.
The Filmmakers: You've probably never heard of director Fred Andrews before, but this here featurette is here to tell you that he's done other shite before and with CREATURE, he's totally in his element. Or... is he? Plus, get a little closer look at the actors--who they are, where they came from, and where they're going.