Dinocroc Release Date: 20 April 2004 (USA) Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller Director(s): Kevin O’Neill Writer(s): Dan Acre, John Huckert (both of Shakedown), & Frances Doel Starring: Costas Mandylor, Joana Pacula, Jake Thomas When Roger Corman announced his semi-retirement two years ago, he closed down the distribution part of New Concorde Horizons with a […]

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Dinocroc
Release Date: 20 April 2004 (USA)
Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director(s): Kevin O’Neill
Writer(s): Dan Acre, John Huckert (both of Shakedown), & Frances Doel
Starring: Costas Mandylor, Joana Pacula, Jake Thomas

When Roger Corman announced his semi-retirement two years ago, he closed down the distribution part of New Concorde Horizons with a hefty amount of finished films lying dormant. Corman was never one to promote his movies prior to their release, so few people outside of New Concorde even minor details about the films. One movie that was scheduled for a release a few months after the shut down was Dinocroc, Corman’s return to killer dinosaur territory after blowing his proverbial stock footage wad with Raptor a few years back.

I’m happy to say that I couldn’t identify any substantial stock footage being put to use in Dinocroc. Considering how humongous Corman’s library is, it’s very possible some was used, but I’m happy nonetheless. What makes me not-so-happy is that Dinocroc is so generic that it hurts.

One of these days I’m going to write the definitive guide to creature flicks, and when that happens, the number one overused convention is guaranteed to be the ‘Evil corporation accidentally lets a genetically-engineered creature go free and try to cover their tracks while people die all around them.’ Dinocroc puts this one to use, and unfortunately, it comes out no better or worse than most in the genre.

Joanna Pacula, obviously seeking to take a nice vacation on the Dinocroc paycheck, stars as evil CEO Paula Kennedy. Her company has made the dinocroc, and after it chomps down on some guards and local citizens, Australian croc hunter Dick Sydney (Mandylor, with this being the third film of his I’ve reviewed in four months) is brought in to save the day. Along for the ride is a scientist, animal control officer female, and a random artist dude who isn’t all that great at taking care of a kid (Thomas).

Instead of talking about why I didn’t like the movie I’ll instead celebrate Roger’s marketing strategies. Dinocroc’s boxart boasts that the film won the Golden Galaxy Award from the American Science Fiction Society. Neither the award nor the group exists. Fred Olen Ray pointed out a while ago that this is very similar to Roger advertising Jillian Kessner as a winner of the Black Belt Olympics over twenty years when New World was promoting the release of Firecracker. Of course, there was no such thing as the Black Belt Olypmics.

There is a Dinocroc book set to come out at the end of January. The cover features a creature that simply looks like a gigantic dinosaur rather than a dinocroc, and the book is apparently about an extinct species rather than a bioengineered one.

DVD: Barebones.

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