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Where to begin talking about this movie? How about the special effects. When it’s not super crappy CGI (which looks like a video game you might have played on SEGA CD back in the day), it’s the dude in a mask as the main “lizard boy” effect. I’ve seen better Halloween costumes than what they tried to execute with this flick. He also appears to have a CGI lizard tale that whips around and kind of just flops back there, but since his arms are man arms and he’s usually just wearing regular clothes (and a cheap lizard-like mask), there’s nothing to it whatsoever. The shittiness of the lizard boy costume is so overwhelming that you can’t take anything about this movie seriously. Now I have no problem not taking monster movies like this seriously, in fact I think that’s the way it ought to be (life’s too short to take hybrid monsters seriously), but the make-up effects are so awful and cheap that it completely takes you out of the movie and is no way entertaining or fun.
And honestly, that’s the biggest flaw that LIZARD BOY has: it’s not entertaining –it’s boring. Who the hell wants to watch a movie about a lizard thing that’s boring to sit through and offers absolutely zero entertainment? What the hell is the point of doing that? The story is OK (I’ve seen worse), the acting is pretty awful (but again, I’ve seen worse), and the production value is about a zero. Not that there’s anything wrong with movies on a shoestring / non-existent budget, but when a scientist lives in a trailer on an empty lot with a goat and the scientific research facility has black sheets as walls and their lunch room consist of lawn furniture, you gotta wonder what the flock they were thinking. Even SyFy Originals at least spend time on location—they didn’t even try to bust out something believable in this one.
Literally the only redeemable value that LIZARD BOY has going for it is the energy level brought by the cast—they seem to know they’re in complete garbage and appear to be having fun with it. They give their all and even though most of them can’t act (save for the main scientist’s best friend), they at least do a good job at pretending like they’re happy to be there. Too bad the filmmakers weren’t on the same page as everyone else, otherwise maybe the film wouldn’t have been such a complete and utter borefest, offering nothing in the remotest when it comes to anything at all except maybe making the LIZARD BOY DVD a suitable beer coaster. In other words, this movie pretty much blew and I suggest you avoid it at all costs.
Video: 1.85:1 widescreen fills the widescreen TV to the max, and it looks ok... or about as ok as a student film on a shoestring budget can look.
Trailer: The trailer for LIZARD BOY and other upcoming new releases from Cinema Epoch.