Manticore (2005)

Manticore (2005)





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Jeff Fahey, Robert Beltran, Chase Masterson, and Heather Donahue star in Walking Tall: The Payback and Walking Tall: Lone Justice director Tripp Reed's horrific tale of an army battalion that sets out into war-torn Iraq to locate a missing news crew, but instead comes face to face with an ancient evil beyond human comprehension. As the battle rages on in Iraq, reports emerge that a news crew has mysteriously vanished after embarking on a dangerous assignment. Now, as a war-weary squadron of Army soldiers set out to ensure that the crew find their way home safely, they are forced to contend with a mythical winged beast that has lain dormant for centuries. Awakened by power-hungry leaders who would seek to retain control of this crucial parcel of land, this merciless beast decimates the ranks of the terrified squadron as it takes flight once again to dominate the desert skies.
Action & Adventure , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television
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Richard Gnolfo
as John Busey
Faran Tahir
as Umari
Jeff Fahey
as Kramer
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Critic Reviews for Manticore

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...not as terrible as one might've surmised...

Full Review… | December 4, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Manticore


The plot had potential, but the special effects were very poorly done. It would have been better if we had never seen the Manticore -- just shadows or a claw here and there. The acting, though, was a pleasant surprise. Robert Beltran and Jeff Fahey turned in good, solid performances. However, this movie has a few well shot scenes, and the level of action rarely lags.

Steven Vincent Gee
Steven Vincent Gee

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Mediocrity, they name is Manticore! SciFi continues their "Let's turn every mythical monster in existence into a movie" trend by bringing this Middle Eastern chimeric monstrosity to life. The result is...honestly better than a lot of the dreck that SciFi Originals throws at us. But it's still not up to snuff. Heather Donahue continues to bank off of her Blair Witch notirety for minor success and the rest of the cast is interchangeable. The story here is taking a topical premise (the war in the Middle East) and dropping dollops of supernatural flavoring on it. What we get is some halfway decent gore, an ok finale and a suitably decent looking beast (where it not for the now standard low quality SciFi CGI). The Manticore is quite accurate, even pulling the spine-shooting ability out of myth and lore. There's not much to the film because it really is just what it seems to be: a body-count creature feature with poor effects. But decent gore, a brisk pace and a realtively solid looking monster keep this one from the depths that these films have plunged before.

Brad Acevedo
Brad Acevedo

This film is so cliche'd and predictable, not very well acted. However, Robert Beltran isn't bad. Lame special effects, a silly plot and it's not very exciting.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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