Old-school creature feature Primevil treads the Predator territory
, 30 Mar 2011
No, this isnt the British ITV/Watch series, but a monster movie from the folks behind Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Scorpion King (the late Irvin Kershner and director Roel Reiné). But if you are hoping for thrills on the scale of those blockbusters then be prepared, as this adventure is more bargain bin than big budget.
Taking its cue from adventures like Edgar Rice Burroughs The Land That Time Forgot and HG Wells The Island of Dr Moreau, Primevil concerns a group of friends shipwrecked on an island located somewhere within the Bermuda Triangle thats inhabited by humanoid creatures. Also on the island is Lance Henriksen as a gun-totting priest, who has just eliminated an archeological team at the behest of a very nervous Catholic Church (how very Da Vinci Code).
As the castaways get picked off by the creatures, Anna (Legend of the Seekers Emily Foxler) finds a working computer (how very handy) and discovers this lost tribe is actually the missing link to modern man. Cue some Lara Croft/Ripley-style mud-soaked running through the jungle as Anna tries to escape.
Primevil isnt really much cop the story is exactly the same as the Billy Zane travesty Surviving Evil and youd be forgiven in thinking that you are watching a Predator rip-off (the film-makers have unwisely chosen the same heat vision camera tricks).
But Im a sucker for men in rubber suits. The cossies here not might be as convincing as the ones in the Predator movies, but thankfully they arent silly as the ones you get in films like At The Earths Core or 1980s fare like Humanoids of the Deep. Mind you, I couldnt help thinking of Christopher Heyerdahls Big Guy in TVs Sanctuary every time one of the creatures appeared on screen.
Primevil is an old school creature feature from Revolver Entertainment that thankfully doesnt rely on CGI for its special effects. It might be cheap and derivative, but its a guilty thrill nevertheless. It also boasts a really chilling Omen II-inspired soundtrack.
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