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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Ben Cooper

Starring:
Matt ONeill
Kristin Lorenz
Jeff Ryan
Greg Smith
Reggie Bannister

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Can one man overcome the monster that dwells within him when he seems to be physically haunted by it? This is the question asked of Martin Blaine. Marty's an SFX guy who's working as a movie monster. Problem is, he dislikes his director- especially after he catches him making a move on his lady. She doesn't like his reaction and when Marty goes to therapy, he begins unveiling glimpses of a monster he worked on as it tears people apart, including his own loved ones. Suddenly, the people who Martin dislikes start dropping off. Can Martin get it together and uncover the truth before it's too late?
Is it good movie?
Well, this was a somewhat different flick, and I must first start out by saying I loved the monster suit effects. The monster looks awesome and is impressive, and the whole Jekyll/Hyde thing certainly seems to work. It's cool that it would appear that Martin unleashes this beast, but it isn't necessarily him. Even people who only kind of make the dude mad end up getting ripped up.

In terms of acting, Primitive doesn't boast the most masterful of thespians though leads Matt O'Neill and Kristin Lorenz can carry their weight for the most part. The budget is low, but there's a lot of heart (and lungs and other innards) within this flick and it shows. If you're a fan of the Phantasm movies, you'll even notice a role for Reggie Bannister, as he plays Martin's psychologist who essentially brings about the beast. Reggie's no spring chicken at this point, but the guy takes every opportunity to to chew the scenery as Dr. Stein (funny, right?) We learn more as the flick goes on, about how Martin was a strange young man, and the incidents in his life that may have led to the man he has become.

The flick isn't the goriest of gory, but it certainly does deliver the goods when it matters. The kills get pretty nasty and are relatively inventive, so it should keep splatter fans happy.
Video / Audio
N/A (Screener copy)
The Extras
N/A (Screener copy)
Last Call
If you see a trailer for it, you may be fooled into thinking this is just another "big hairy beast" sasquatch splatter fest, but surprisingly enough, it isn't. It's a somewhat thought-provoking exploration of the unconscious (and sometimes conscious) desires of man taking shape and becoming difficult to contain.
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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