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Creature (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.1/5
User Ratings: 2,278

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Movie Info

An ex-Navy seal (Mehcad Brooks), his girlfriend (Serinda Swan) and their friends head out on a road trip to New Orleans. The group decides to stop at a roadside convenience store owned by Chopper (Sid Haig), who tells them the tale of Lockjaw, a fabled god-like creature who is half-man, half-alligator. As they set-up camp for the night, their faith is put to the test when Lockjaw turns out to be more than just a myth and they realize the locals are hiding a horrifying secret that jeopardizes … More

Rating:
R (for bloody violence and grisly images, some sexual content, graphic)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Fred Andrews , Tracy Morse
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 20, 2012
Box Office:
$0.3M
Runtime:
Independent Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Creature

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (25) | DVD (1)

Deep in the swampy hearts and minds of some filmmakers, embarrassing stereotypes still fester, gathering moss and slime.

Full Review… | September 10, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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."

Full Review… | September 10, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

There is a perverse enjoyment to be had from something this cheesy, although not enough of one that I can recommend sitting through it.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

With dependably creepy character actor Sid Haig to goose things along as leader of the locals, "Creature" is delightfully dopey.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

May have been intended as a homage of sorts to Jaws but it comes across as more like a ripoff of a film that is far, far, far out of its league.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
We Got This Covered

Parents should have it on their Netflix instant queue, ready to buttress their "If you go to acting school, you COULD end up taking your clothes off for some hack for a movie like this."

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

An awfully made, awfully acted, awfully plotted, and awfully boring more. In a word, Creature is awful.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012
IGN DVD

Tedious and overly complicated...

Full Review… | October 1, 2011
Cinema Crazed

The script (if one was ever finished), was seemingly passed through a paper shredder, tossed in the air then randomly taped back together.

Full Review… | September 22, 2011
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Assembles all the ingredients necessary for a tasty swampsploitation horror gumbo, but sabotages the meal with cheesy digital blur effects and a lame sinkhole ending that prophesied the movie's box office fate.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The casting of legendary character actor Sid Haig -- and a subtle mention of Haig's best movie, Spider Baby (1964) -- suggests some genre knowledge, but there's no inspiration in the cheap, lazy Creature.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
Common Sense Media

The sort of Z-grade trash you expect to come across on Syfy whilst channel surfing late one night, not something you'd expect to pay good money to watch on the big screen.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Creature is refreshingly and intentionally silly, in an era when horror has devolved mostly into torture porn and high-tech, computer-generated assaults on our senses.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Charlotte Observer

Not even House of 1000 Corpses' Sid Haig hamming it up as a hillbilly patriarch can pull this out of the New Orleans swamp it's set in.

Full Review… | September 13, 2011
Boston Phoenix

"Creature" should have gone straight to video. Since it's playing on a few big screens at least "Shark Night" could get some competition.

Full Review… | September 11, 2011
ColeSmithey.com

... heaps on the gore and the T&A ‒ genre staples ‒ and can best be described as "Swamp Thing" with teeth, razor-sharp teeth ... Delivers the goods in old-fashioned, knee-to-the-jugular jolts.

Full Review… | September 11, 2011
CinemaDope

One tiresome slog through one familiar swamp.

Full Review… | September 11, 2011
FEARnet

A sinkhole features prominently in the final confrontation between man and beast in 'Creature.' It would have been wiser to chuck the negative into it.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
One Guy's Opinion

As uninspired as its generic title, Creature works hard at being a direct-to-DVD-quality monster movie.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Boxoffice Magazine

Production designer Fred Andrews makes his directorial debut here and can't even manage coherency.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Reeling Reviews

I'd explain where this gator-man came from, but seriously, I still don't quite understand the evolutionary process as explained. Nor does it matter.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
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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.

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TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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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The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

Half a star out of ****

I wasn't aware that filmmakers still stooped as low as Fred M. Andrews has with "Creature". The film, which is a catastrophe on its own right that should serve as a damn fine example of how to make an intentionally bad movie bad even for its kind, is terrible as it is, and it's not enough that one of the major themes is hillbilly stereotyping; better yet, Andrews makes it his mission to come off as an immature and emotionally unstable filmmaker by calling all who trashed his movie "bottom feeders". It wasn't going to take long before I became one of them. The project at least has good ambition to back it up, and I'm all for a film in this vein. But Andrews seems to believe his heart is in the right place, when it's not. And in that case, eh, I'd rather be with the bottom feeders.

A group of six college-age kids - two couples, one brother and sister - go to New Orleans and take a rest stop somewhere in the swamp area at a shack owned by a guy named Chopper (Sid Haig) who tells them the story of a local myth, Lockjaw, while they're there. Lockjaw is apparently half man and half alligator; the man part coming from a guy who was once completely human, until his lover - of course, his sister - was taken for him by a ferocious gator, causing him to kill the beast and then consume its meat, which obviously turns you into a gator too.

Lockjaw is still lurking in the swamp, albeit concealed in the darkness (he feeds at night, most of the time, but he's a flexible fella). Do the obnoxious kids care? Nope. They're going to find Lockjaw's birthplace, which is a cabin out in the middle of the woods, and they're going to camp out nearby for a night of sex, drugs, and alcohol. But oh no, Lockjaw isn't about to let that happen. He's always close, ready to pounce; and from then on, let the alligator man's primitive race commence. Andrews tries making this at least somewhat interesting by allowing the swampland locals to show their true colors once Lockjaw has begun his spree, and there's also a twist at the end in which the black guy is the one to live.

But there's something fishy about that. To let the black guy live would entail that Andrews has done his homework in regards to the horror genre...yet none of that translates into how he made the movie itself. "Creature" feels like something even less than a student film; it's the unfortunate bastard product of a man who likes dirty jokes a bit too much and thinks that stereotyping is still acceptable in today's cinematic society. Yes, stereotyping can still be funny in certain cases; but only if it says something about human beings, which "Creature" does not. It makes the mistake of being a full-on horror farce; although it's neither funny nor scary.

Poorly shot, poorly acted, and just plain annoying and unbearable from start to finish; "Creature" is a shit film that only a select few will be able to enjoy as a minor guilty pleasure. Me, I saw no pleasure; only an hour and a half of sheer hell. The film pretends to have a whole lot of absurd up its sleeve, but I guess that's limited to sibling hand jobs and alligator men ripping off limbs. The gore is too tame, and while the boobage (AKA the other half of this cinematic equation) is not, you need both parts to work in order for the movie to. I like the rubber monster movies of the 50's and I tend to love B-movies, but this film does not capture them in spirit. It's bland an unimaginative; I literally have nothing to say for it. Andrews' views on backwoods hillbilly society is at a level I'd expect from a kid in High School, or maybe even someone at the age of one of his dumbass characters. I had no idea grown adults were this stupid, and I also had no idea that people would pay for crap like this to hit a few theatrical screens instead of being dumped straight-to-video. Whoever wanted this movie released clearly shared a similar mindset as our boy Andrews. Good thing people like this are so low on the human scale; they don't have the capacity to fuck up modern cinema for the rest of us. Thank fucking God.

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Ryan M
Ryan Marshall

Super Reviewer

Creature Quotes


Oscar:
My dad was way into all this kind of stuff.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Chopper:
You the chosen one sweet thing!
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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