Dinocroc Vs Supergator (2010)

Dinocroc Vs Supergator (2010)

One escaped. The other is about to be unleashed.

A genetics lab in Hawaii has been injecting crocodiles and alligators with a new growth serum which they hope will benefit mankind’s inevitable future food shortages. However the two test monsters escape from the facility and go on a rampage. A highly skilled hunter is called in to deal with the situation but after exhausting all of his methods, he realises that the only thing left to do is allow the monsters to fight each other to the death.

 

Another of those almighty ‘monster versus monster’ films that have sprung up of late, it’s no surprise to find out that Dinocroc Vs Supergator is no better nor worse than any of them. Taking the title creates from the separate Dinocroc and, er, Supergator films and pitting them against each other in a totally unrelated standalone film is hardly going to be a cinematic goldmine.

Low and behold, the film is little more than another sorry excuse for CGI carnage with the same predictability as the sun rising and setting every day. When legendary B-movie maestros Jim Wynorski, Fred Olen Ray and Roger Corman get their heads together like they did here, the results should be a lot trashier, sleazier and entertaining than Dinocroc Vs Supergator.

Dinocroc Vs Supergator is a film which is all about the beginning and the ending and little in between. Talk about an opening, Dinocroc Vs Supergator has the monsters breaking out of the facility within the opening minutes. Who needs back story or any explanation of what is going on when a blonde scientist badly butchers the English language by telling her co-workers to escape right before two giant monsters burst their way out of captivity? Said monsters then make short work of many extras before escaping into the jungle. Then we’re bombarded with overly serious music to give everything some extra significance and contrived dialogue to makes things sound a lot more complicated than they are. It’s the sort of film which feels the need to say things like “we found them in Sector Two” (not actual quote but I don’t want to have to re-watch to find what the army guy said) which has no relevance to the audience whatsoever because we haven’t the foggiest clue what is going on and who these people are.

Then we come to the ending which is otherwise the norm for this sort of film apart from the fact that it’s the only time during the entire course of the film where the two monsters actually fight each other! They finally start duking it out with only five minutes left of the running time so you know it’s going to be a short fight. Even so, the fight is hardly shown as the footage is of the human characters conjuring up an ultimate plan to defeat both monsters. So in all, you’ll get maybe thirty seconds of fight time. I don’t know about you but when I see a film called Dinocroc Vs Supergator, I want to see a fight damnit!

The monsters are well fed but as is always the case nowadays, the attack scenes are done using CGI which looks rather ropey at best. Most of the attack scenes consist of the same thing where someone stands too close, or in, a large body of water and then are promptly devoured by one of the title monsters. There is a nice Jurassic Park-style moment in which a couple of characters on an escaping jeep are pursued by one of the monsters but most of the CGI scenes look to be the same footage over and over again. In fact it’s hard to tell which one is supposed to which. I don’t suppose it matters much when they eat bikini-clad honeys (sadly this is Sci-Fi Channel material therefore the women remain clothed) but knowing which, if any, monster to root for during the finale would be nice.

Even the human food they’re constantly fed consists little more of people only introduced early in the scene and are literally pointless and add nothing to the story except show a few kill scenes. Those who get more screen time are equally as uninteresting. David Carradine stars in one of his last roles before his death and it’s not the sort of film you’d want to be remembered for. He doesn’t even chew the scenery as the slimy mogul behind the experiments, he just looks bored. Amy Rasimas is the token blonde who, rather inappropriately for a Fish and Game warden, wears some teeny shorts and has her top unbuttoned down to the chest. It provides eye candy to the audience but if all Fish and Game wardens dressed like this, they’d be unable to do their job for the amount of males gawping around them all of the time.

 

With a feeble one-sided fight right at the end of the film, Dinocroc Vs Supergator at least puts up more of a fight than the majority of heavyweight boxing matches nowadays. But it’s more like two CGI monster films running alongside each other with a token fight thrown in at the end. Disappointing but I hardly expected a Godzilla-style rumble match.

 

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