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Mandrake [DVD]

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  • Actors: Max Martini, Betsy Russell, Benito Martinez, Jon Mack, Nick Gomez
  • Directors: Tripp Reed
  • Producers: Andrew Stevens
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GJTLNM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,936 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An expedition led by adventurer Darren McCall and funded by the wealthy Harry Vargas braves the impenetrable jungle to retrieve a fabled bejewelled dagger from an ancient burial ground. But pulling the dagger from its rightful resting place awakens the beast. Part plant and part animal, the massive mandrake awakens thirsty for human blood.

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This film opens with a woman running through woods (being chased by a mainly unseen being). This is never a good sign. If you've watched pretty much any handful of random horror films, you'll know that `woman running through woods' is possibly the most overused cliché of the genre (with perhaps the teenagers having sex and dying being a close second).

That opening is a kind of warning of things to come. Some films thrive on having a low budget. The lack of money behind the picture forces the film-makers to use new and more subtle techniques to tell the story. Not here. This film has no budget and it shows in every scene.

It's about a team of archaeologists, sent somewhere in South America (like the location really matters!) to retrieve something for someone (again, such details are kind of pointless in the scheme of things). However, this `South American' jungle looks suspiciously like some nice grassy fields in America. Plus the `natives' also look a little Caucasian, considering they are supposed to have lived in the hot jungle all their lives.

The acting isn't all bad, but the dialogue is. Just because the film is set in a wood (sorry, jungle), the writers seem to want to make the characters talk like they're out of Predator. Yes, there's something hunting them, but whereas Predator used a monster that was actually there, the makers of Mandrake spent the entire $2.50 budget on some `creepy' CGI tentacles. Woo.

If you like cheesy monster-munching movies, then you probably know plenty out there which will amuse and entertain (try things like Deep Rising, Tremors, or Grabbers to name but a few). Mandrake is not one of them.
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It's always nice when a modern horror film remembers there was once far more to the genre that the round-robin of excruciatingly naff slasher/cannibal/asbo brat/car-crash drama twist-enders that continually chug up the market today, making people think that's all they want. The good new is this is one of the throwbacks to those once-varied times, but looking as much like a 1990s 'Anaconda' adventure, or the much better 'Congo' from 1995, as two seperate teams, including athropologists, trudge jungle-wards to retrieve a valuable dagger from a sacred burial ground. It's the sort of thing that's bound to soil good relations with the indigenous people, and does. But that's only the half of it, as apparently a monstrous tree-being growing from the very soil itself is even angrier.

It's possible there's an ecological message here; that no good things can come from unending intrusion into the last few wild places left, and messing with it. More than likely it's just a fun excuse for some limb-tearing, but said fun doesn't grow any faster than the fake jungle itself (L.A standing in for the Amazon). It's not a bad film, just not a good one. Just not enough surprises to keep it fertile, while the acting ranges from bitty to overly-solemn at some embarrassing junctures, and there's little impression that these people really are under threat, even though attempts to eviscerate them at close quarters alternatively pleases and annoys with its so-so expectancy. The CGI Mandrake is cute, for some seconds imposing initially, and seeing the beast in its entirety more effective than the close-ups of engineered roots and vines signalling an attack, used for much of the movie.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2013
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There really isn't a mandrake in the story. There is a plant that kills people, a cross between Treebeard and that thing on "Evil Dead." A rich man sends out a team to recover a dagger, a family heirloom that is 500 years old. They are able to find the grave and the dagger easily. Upon removing the dagger they release a curse which includes an evil tree creature. There are also natives in this area that sacrifice trespassers. Everyone fights everyone.

Betsy Russell provides the token eye candy
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IF YOU LIKE BLARE WITCH AND PARANORMAL ACTIVITY THAN YOU WILL LOVE THIS MASTERPIECES
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