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Frankenfish [DVD] [2005]


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  • Actors: Tory Kittles, K.D. Aubert, China Chow, Matthew Rauch, Donna Biscoe
  • Directors: Mark A.Z. Dippe
  • Producers: David Hillary, Timothy Wayne Peternel, Ash R. Shah
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W12B2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,369 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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There is always something bloodthirsty lurking in the Louisiana Bayou. But there has never, ever, been anything like this. A pack of massive, genetically engineered flesh eating fish is combing the quiet waters of the river, searching for prey. Leaving a trail of mangled bodies along the riverbank,the creatures have local authorities scrambling to uncover what is causing the carnage and it quickly becomes clear that they are dealing with no ordinary predatorand these man-eaters far outweighany killer they have ever come up against. Scientifically bred with a deadly snake and geneticallyconditioned to breathe both under water and on land, Frankenfish can hunt wherever humans tread. And they're fast. And they're hungry.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
A film that ticks all the right boxes:
[X]- Explosions
[X]- Hot birds
[X]- Stunning plot twists
[X]- Car/Boat/Creature chase
[X]- Ammusing death within first 2 minutes
[X]- Regular random nudity for no apparent reason
All in all absolutely everything anybody could want from a creature feature.
(Although the strict comforming to racial stereotypes was the only predictable part of this otherwise epic Masterwork)
This film is more proof that todays Oscar cermeonies are meaningless to the real geniuses of modern film.
If you don't want to buy the DVD this will quite likely be making an appearance on channel 5 very soon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Nov 2005
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I was very very shocked and pleased with what i got with this film! I think this movie was cinema worthy.

The Frankenfish itself was really cool, the effects had a few holes in them, but they were used effectively and in clever shots!

The film reminded me of Tremors, because the people were only safe in their houseboats and later on in the film, on top of their houseboats. It also had a light hearted feel to it and a dark humour. which worked!

Lots of people die, in rather gory ways! Attractive actors! a few explosions! a couple of twists! a few jumps! Overall a really good film!

Very much worth buying! I can garantee you will watch again.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DVD Fan on 5 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
I saw a trailer for this and thought it looked fun, so I thought i'd give it ago. This is a pretty good film for a low budget creature feature. The special effects for the fish are quite good, if all cgi. It starts of well but the plot is silly, a game hunter genetically engineers a new predatory fish to hunt, but alas it goes awol in the swamp. This does have its funny moments whether intentionally or not, if you liked Lake placid your'll enjoy this. However for a 15 it is very gory and bloody at times. Overall a good fun film worth fishing out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caligula II. on 4 Aug 2014
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THE MOVIE

When the horribly mutilated body of a man is found in the swamps of Louisiana, Sam Rivers (Tory Kittles), a medical examiner is assigned to investigate the incident. He is accompanied by biologist Mary Callahan (China Chow). As they approach the scene they find a decapitated alligator. On board of the abandoned boat they discover the remains of the crew.
It turns out that the boat carried genetically engineered Chinese snakeheads who are responsible for a long trail of mangled bodies.

I am not a fan of this genre, that seems to go through every animal on the planet. As a matter of fact I only liked FRANKENFISH and JAWS, the latter of course being the superior film.
FRANKENFISH is (very) loosely based on the 2002 incident in a pond in Crofton, Maryland where the non-native snakeheads were discovered for the first time in the United States. There were other movies (SNAKEHEAD TERROR) which also cashed in on the incident.
Directed by Mark Dippé (who directed the abysmal SPAWN), FRANKENFISH is actually very good for a B movie and very suspensful. It is not a blockbuster like JAWS, but definitly worth a look, even if you are not into this type of movie.
The actors are pretty descent, especially the leads, Tory Kittles, China Chow, K.D. Aubert and Matthew Rauch, but not great.
One thing this movie is, is extremely gory: decapitations and mutilations are a common sight and the camera does not shy away either. The fish itself is quite well done considering the budget, but rarely seen in full on screen, which is probably better.
I especially liked the scenery (actually Alabama and not Louisiana) and the atmosphere, the feeling of isolation and helplessness is brought across quite well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Clarke on 4 May 2009
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It's no Jaws but Frankenfish still has pleny of bite. With the exception of cardboard characters the film is generally well made; there's not much originality in the scenario - genetically modified fish attack humans - but the film still manages to deliver some surprises and the location is fun. You will enjoy the mix of animatronics and CGI effects, which don't look bad at all for a low budget movie. Frankenfish moves along at a fast pace; whilst this allows a lot to be crammed in to the film's 121 minutes it does mean that there is very little time for character development and the result is, that despite reasonable acting, you don't care about any of the characters so when our fishy friends start tucking in the viewer doesn't feel any emotion.

The film chooses action over suspense - the gory deaths come thick and fast to the point where it becomes a bit like watching a firework display: there's plenty going on to entertain you but you only jump on the first bang.

A 5 star movie this is definitely not, but it is a film that most viewers will enjoy. Don't let this be the one that got away!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Garry Brown on 24 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
My friends hired this film out the other day and after it was left round mine I watched it and after twenty minutes I wanted to turn it off. However I kept on watching it and by the time it was finished I had actually quite enjoyed it. The acting is slighly cardboard-esque and the killer fish slightly computer generated but it is a comedy-horror after all. You have to laugh when the helpless girl has no option but to jump across from one boat to another and gets eaten, the film is full with scenes like this. The background of the film is a big game fisherman and scientist genetically engineers a killer predetor fish to hunt for sport; but it escapes along with several others like it. Enter the teenagers living on a house boat that start to get eaten and place it all in the middle of an abandoned swamp and voila - FRANKENFISH!
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