1 out of 10
Release Date: 6th July 2015 (DVD Premiere)
Cast: Helen Crevel, Kenton Hall, Steven Dolton, Julian Boote, Adam Collins and Vicki Glover
Writer: Steve Lawson
With its release timed with the cinematic release of Jurassic World, Killer/Saurus is bound to rope in a few extra sales. Killer/Saurus shows ambition but it’s a woeful demonstration of small-scale filmmaking. If watching horror that combines the low-fi thrill of 1980s Doctor Who / Red Dwarf and an acting style borrowed from the kids from the Pink Windmill Show then Killer/Saurus may be your new favourite film. Sadly the Tyrannosaurus Rex that scientists have been able to bring back into existence with some cutting edge laser tech looks like a bath toy and this unfortunate flaw makes the whole film a joke to watch, (I’m sure they’ve given the dino from Toy Story a respray). Mind you the plastic toy does put in the film’s best performance.
Helen Crevel (SURVIVAL INSTINCT) plays a scientist at a top secret lab. Her boss (STEVEN DOLTON – DEVIL’S TOWER) has created a dinosaur from DNA coding and a new laser machine. The project is closed down when the dinosaur kills a few staff. Sometime later, co-erced by her Irish-Welsh-Canadian-Indian accented journalist boyfriend (KENTON HALL – CONJURING THE DEAD) to doorstep her old boss for unpaid wages she becomes trapped in the lab (situated on a normal suburban industrial estate) with the monster – just as the military arrive to take delivery of it (or something).
Anyway, the film is be-set with some of the worst dialogue I’ve ever heard. The writer seems besotted with the tech but his actors don’t seem to know what they’re talking about. Steve Dolton reads his lines like he’s reading a restaurant menu, I think he even licks his lips. The leading lady, Helen Crevel certainly looks the part but lacks the fear and urgency of a scientist who’s helped to lift the lid on pandora’s box. Kenton Hall‘s character plays a slimy journo and a) it’s a weird person for a top secret scientist be in a relationship with and b) his accent is so distracting it accentuates his rotten reading of his villainous role c) they seem to hate one another. His journo does nothing to alleviate the pain of watching this. He proceeds to derail proceedings in the way you may try to discourage a young child from pressing an elevator button or the bell on a bus. He’s perhaps the dumbest non-character to bless a Britpic in some time.
Killer/Saurus has a more finished feel to it than his debut The Silencer, which was a lot of fun. It’s a shame that all of that film’s scrappiness has been chased out as Killer/Saurus is so dry and unappealing – even to dino fans it could prove to be a super challenge not to turn it off before the ending.
1 out of 10 – This dino flick is toothless. Please make Silencer 2 next to make it up to us!
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WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT BAD ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Helen Crevel: Footsoldier
- Kenton Hall: A Dozen Summers (dir), The Honourable Rebel, Conjuring The Dead, Theatre of Fear, Amityville Asylum
- Steven Dolton: Essex Heist, The Haunting of Annie Dyer, Robert 2, Devil’s Tower, Zombie Undead
- Adam Collins: Essex Heist
- Vicki Glover: Cleaver – Rise of the Killer Clown