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Deep in the swampy hearts and minds of some filmmakers, embarrassing stereotypes still fester, gathering moss and slime.
Doesn't throw in the kind of wit that can turn a formulaic creature feature into a pleasant diversion along the lines of "Lake Placid."
There is a perverse enjoyment to be had from something this cheesy, although not enough of one that I can recommend sitting through it.
It is in no way a great movie. But it is a great reminder of what used to be so much fun about bad movies.
Creature has no merits to speak of but I am comforted by my ability to overcome my disorientation long enough to recognize how lacking Creature is.
Audience Reviews for Creature
Creature is one of those horror films that had so much potential in being a great film. However the end result is a mediocre film that could have been much better. This film has hints of old school Roger Corman productions mixed with Syfy Channel made for TV B flicks. I think this is a film that we've seen many times before, and that's why it doesn't deliver what you'd hope for. Creature is predictable with poor acting, a poorly constructed script and it relies on a lot of traditional horror clichés to deliver its terror. The only problem is, is it's not scary. First time director Fred Andrews doesn't seem to know how to craft a good little horror yarn, so he uses a lot of sexy and drugs mixed with redneck inbreeders and a guy who wears a rubber monster suit killing off the characters to entertain the viewers. I found it amusing, but after a while, it grew tiresome and it was clear that Andrews didn't know how to craft a good monster film. Creature had so much potential to being a fine return to form to old school films of the 80's, but it failed because there were too many missing elements to really make this film work. I didn't hate this film, but I was disappointed with it because the trailer looked like this was going to be such a great film, but this one lacked due to a poor predictable clichéd script and a cast that simply was horrible (aside from Sid Haig). Even if this film is mediocre, it's a bit fun to watch, however don't expect anything great with this one as it fails to deliver anything truly memorable. If you want similar but far superior monster films of this style watch Swamp Thing and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Despite its poor plot, acting and predictability, Creature isn't as bad as what every critic has claimed it to be. But it's still not very good.
So an alligator steals a louisiana man's fiance/sister and in a rage the man eats the alligator and his sister and it mutates him into an alligator man. 100 years later, the alligator man is worshipped as a god in his local community. Enter a carload of (apparently) ex-military teens and their horny girlfriends who immediately go about mockingthe hicks and their wacky customs. Obviously they're just begging for a visit from the CREATURE.
Movies this poorly made are generally reserved for the sci/fi network movie of the week. Things happen to characters (such as a vicious spider attack) that come out of nowhere and are immediately forgotten. The big "reveal" as to what the Creature is and why the kids are being victimized in the way they are is almost completely nonsensical. Yes, it's bad filmmaking, but somehow it does manage to be entertaining. Maybe I'm just a sucker for this kind of cheese, but the film had me lol-ing throughout. Despite the horrible acting, directing, and writing, there's something that's a lot of fun about "Creature". You may take it or leave it, but if you're inclined to this sort of thing, you might also enjoy it. Just don't go a-swimmin' in any louisiana bayous at night.
If movies have taught me one thing it's that you don't wanna go travelling through rural Louisiana. If you have to get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras just stick to the freeway. The protagonists of "Creature" obviously don't watch too many horror movies as they go off the beaten track to investigate a legend about a half man half alligator.
When we finally see the manigator it looks pretty familiar, yes folks it's a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle! I'm a sucker for a good monster, and an even bigger sucker for a bad monster like this one.
Does "Creature" distinguish itself from the SyFy channel fare? After all this got a theatrical release stateside, though only six people paid to see it. Well it doesn't in quality but in sleaziness it sets itself apart. In this aspect it harkens back to the good old days of exploitation movies when a taboo was considered a selling point. This movie features full frontal nudity, bestiality, and even some sister on brother hand job action. Oh, and Sid Haig as a sinister gas store owner. You have to have a sinister gas store owner in these movies, and Haig is as good as you'd expect from a veteran of this sort of trash.
Despite having a lot going for it, "Creature" isn't half as much fun as this review probably makes it sound. If twenty minutes were shaved off and things paced a bit quicker in the opening act it could have been a decent beer and nachos time-killer. As it is it's more like a SyFy original made by a Dutch porn director. And no, that's not half as much fun as it sounds either.
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