Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
What's it about
A bunch of genetically altered vipers escape from the lab they were created, and find their way into a small fishing community. Once there, the vipers start munching on the locals.
Is it good movie?
I'm not a huge fan of the low rent genetically-altered-creatures-gone-wild movies that have been airing on the SciFi channel lately, but VIPERS surprised me a little. It has something that most movies like this don't bother to put in, character development. These are pretty strong, well written characters. Sure the movie is really predictable, but it's fun.
The flick starts off by showing how the vipers escape their holding cage, and also explains how Burton (Corbin Bernsen), the CEO of the company that created the vipers is planning on capturing a few of the snakes, and blowing up the town. After the snakes make their way into the small town they start eating up the locals. That's right folks, these bad boys eat their prey! New to the little town is Cal (Jonathan Scarfe), a young doctor that is thinking about taking over the local medical practice. He quickly notices a feisty blond (Tara Reid) that runs the local green house. The two hit it off, and along with a small group of townsfolk they devise a way to kill the vipers and thwart the plans of the evil CEO.
Surprisingly, I had a good time with this movie. It never felt forced, and the actors were all solid. I'd have enjoyed it a more if Tara would have put on a little weight and wore a less clothes, but over all it wasn't too bad. I knew I was going to have a good time, and that the director had my best interests in mind when early in the movie a hottie takes her shirt off and reveals a wonderful pair of breasts. One complaint that I have about the flick though are the vipers themselves. They look terrible, and instead of using practical effects the filmmakers used 3D effects (even for the blood) which looked terrible. Thankfully the flick itself was decent enough for me to overlook the awful 3D work. Sometimes a bad movie can do a good job of entertaining, and that's exactly what VIPERS is, an entertaining bad movie.
Video / Audio
Video: The movie looked good, and the transfer was pretty clean for a release like this.
Audio: Sounded fine, I thought the vipers sounded stupid, but that's not because of the DVD audio, just a bad choice made by the filmmakers.
The only extra on this disc is a trailer. It's pretty funny, but in my opinion a useless DVD extra.
VIPERS is a simple man verses beast story with a fun cast, and some solid character development. The vipers themselves look like moving turds with mouths, but despite that fact the movie was still fun. So, if your into fun b-movie fare VIPERS is definitely worth checking out. If you get a chance to check it out on cable instead of dishing out the coin to rent/buy it, even better.