Director: Jon Hess
A government lab explodes and two creatures escape. Oneâ€™s a very smart golden retriever and the other a lame, cheap looking bigfoot wannabe. Theyâ€™re new biological weapons. You see the creature is obsessed about killing the dog, wherever the dog goes, the creature goes, anybody thatâ€™s in the way gets slaughtered. The creature: the missile, the dog: the heat. Crazy government agent Lem (Ironside) is hot on the creatureâ€™s trail while the dog befriends another shaggy mammalâ€¦Corey Haimâ€¦In this movie everybody is chasing everybody.
This film is based on a Dean Koontz novel. Having not read the book I came in with no expectations. Sad to say that the concept is kool but the execution is very poor. Witnessing Mr. Haim have conversations with a dog is very painful to watch and thereâ€™s a lot of that in this movie. The pace is slow to say the least and you really donâ€™t care about any of the characters or the events that take place. The movie comes alive only when Michael "badass" Ironside is on the screen and we donâ€™t see him enough. I know that in the book, itâ€™s a man that befriends the dog, I guessed they changed it to a boy, thinking that Haim would bring in the crowdsâ€¦they were wrongâ€¦Lets feed the dog so he can stop chasing his tailâ€¦
They kind of cheat us in the blood departmentâ€¦maybe so the "Haim" fans(8 year olds) can get to see the film. We do get eyes gouged out and a great scene when Ironside wants to "talk" to the Sheriff. I love the way he talksâ€¦he he he. For a movie about a killer "Bigfoot" itâ€™s pretty damn dry.
If you like Corey Haim (Travis), youâ€™ll like his performance, if you hate himâ€¦youâ€™ll want to chop his head off. I personally have nothing against the man (except that atrocious haircut) but I don't think his persona fits in a horror film. He cheapens it (like in Lost Boys). Stick to "License To Drive" budâ€¦BTW whereâ€™s Feldman? Michael Ironside (Lem) is amazing again as the psycho agent and I relished every second he was on screen. Barbara Williams (Nora) does a good job and holds her own against master thespian Haim. Lala Sloatman (Tracey) also comes through in the limited screen time sheâ€™s given. BTW did you know she dated (slept with)) Corey Haimâ€¦what a surprise!!!
T & A
The only well directed sequence is the opening one. The rest of the movie looks like some guy running around with a video camera on his shoulder. The directorâ€™s idea of style is shaking the camera real fast. Wow.
Pretty exciting score for such a tedious movie. It sounds a lot like the "Rambo" soundtrack (same composer John Williams), but the music canâ€™t fool usâ€¦we know the movie is boringâ€¦nice tryâ€¦
The only reasons to see this movie is "Michael Ironside" who chews up the scenery like a rabid "acting" beast and the dog who is one well trained puppy (also a great actor). Other than that, no scares, the monster looks like a guy in a monkey suit, Corey Haim thinks heâ€™s an actor and the kill scenes are suspenseless and goreless. Read the bookâ€¦It canâ€™t be worst than this snore.
Lala Sloatman (Tracey) is the niece of musical genius "Frank Zappa.
A movie filmed in BC Vancouver is not complete without itâ€™s favorite son "Jason Priestley" who makes an appearance in this one as a kid on a bikeâ€¦and no we don't see him get ripped apart.
The way "The Sheriff" gets dispatched in this film was Ironsideâ€™s ideaâ€¦he said he wanted the death to be "hands on" so they let Ironside do his stuffâ€¦it worked, probably the best scene in the film.
Corey Haim eventually went bankrupt, now lives in Montreal and frequents the same video store as I doâ€¦see ya around, Corey!