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Predator set in a Fishing Village
on 18 January 2015
This is a reasonably enjoyable and mild horror flick.
Will is a forty-something fisherman, struggling to meet the repayments on his fishing vessel. One night his boat is caught in a vicious storm and one of the crew, Joey, disappears overboard.
Will has a twenty-something daughter, who is blessed with the looks of a catwalk model. She's dating the similarly aged Danny, who works as one of Will's crew. Will doesn't want his daughter settling down with one of the seafaring locals, because he thinks it will stop her from going to University. The young couple, along with another scalding hot girl named Erin, decide to go out on a boating trip.
What Will and his crew don't know, is that when they returned home from their encounter with the storm, a sea-dwelling alien/monster hitched a lift beneath their boat. The creature is clearly an idea taken from the Predator movies, it can change colour like a chameleon and fade into the background. It's proportioned a bit like a velociraptor but with larger upper limbs. Like a snake, it spits a venom which paralyses its victims.
What follows then is the villagers defending themselves from the predations of the invisible monster and its offspring...
This is a reasonably diverting horror flick. It's not scary or tense, and overall it has the vibe of creature features like King Kong and Godzilla. I watched it with my twelve year old daughter and she wasn't perturbed by any scenes. The acting is okay, the film score is a little hammy, and the CGI is passably good. The film basically plays out like Predator set in a fishing village. The female cast have the looks of Miss World contestants, immaculately coiffured and manicured, which I didn't mind, but it hardly helped to add to the film's credibility.
I was half expecting Dr Who to turn up and come to the aid of the townsfolk (you'll understand why when you see the FX). All in all, the story unfolds in a somewhat predictable fashion, there are no surprises, twists or turns, but it's still fairly enjoyable.
A very similar movie to this one, but rather more skilfully executed, is Grabbers (highly recommended). You might also wish to check out the excellent Aussie creature flick, Bait.
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