Friday, April 22, 2011
THE RETURN OF THE CREATURE FEATURE: IT CAME FROM THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
In the '50s, cult classics like The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The Creature From the Black Lagoon and Godzilla invented the so-bad-they're-great, cheesy creature-feature genre. In the '80s, Wes Craven's Swamp Thing and David Cronenberg's remake of The Fly carried on the not-so-grand tradition. Then the late '90s brought more forgettable films like Anaconda, Lake Placid and Deep Blue Sea.
In late 2010, the genre hit warp speed, spitting out ridiculously over-the-top hybrid titles like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus, Dinocroc vs Supergator, Mansquito and Sharktopus. Only this time, handmade, clumsy Ed Wood-style inventiveness was replaced by badly-digitised, personality-free, CGI - spawning watery deathbeds for stars like Luke Perry, Jaleel White, Eric Roberts, MIchael Madsen and David Carradine. But one thing remains, the ocean depths are still crawling with monsters.
In March, the Syfy Channel launched 'Saturday Monster Madness', a weekly, knockout voting competition to find out which of their original monster film creations is top dogfish. Currently, they're up to the semi finals. The remaining four are: Piranhaconda, Dinoshark, Cerberus and the mighty Sharktopus. Here's a look at some of our favourite recent creature features. Crackers on standby...
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus: The Thrilla In Manilla
Sharktopus: 50% Shark, 50% Octopus, 100% Deadly (Featuring Eric Roberts)
Dinoshark: The Great, Great Granddaddy of All Sharks
Dinocroc vs. Supergator: Alligator and Crocodile Are Mortal Enemies (Featuring David Carradine)
Komodo vs. Cobra: Don't Move A Muscle
Sea Snakes: Snakes On A Sub (Featuring Luke Perry)