Country : USA
Genre: Creature Feature
Running Time: t/b/a
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures
An intrepid film crew ventures into uncharted territory deep within the South Africa wild, where a terrifying killer who is not even human is waiting to make them next on its insatiable list....
Directed by Michael Katleman. Written by John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris. Starring Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones, Brooke
Langton, Gideon Emery and Jurgen Prochnow.
I usually hate ‘killer animal’ films of any kind. So
going into the screening, I had no idea that is
actually a ‘killer animal’ flick. I probably would
have skipped it and waited for the DVD. But, if you
have seen the trailer, its misleading nature of the
advertising billing it as “the most prolific serial
killer in history”, brings you to believe that you are
literally seeing a serial killer film. However,
Primeval (starring Dominic Purcell) is actually one
of the better horror films I have seen lately. It's
much scarier and a whole lot gorier than most of the
crap being pumped out at the cinema these days.
Primeval tells the story of a bloodthirsty killer
crocodile that has claimed over three hundred victims,
and is still at large to this day. The danger begins
as producer Tim (Purcell) Freeman, cameraman Steven
(Orlando Jones) Johnson and their rag-tag team set out
on a journey up-river in search of their subject. But
the deeper they probe into the mystery of this elusive
monster, the deadlier their trip becomes.
I'm not the first to say it, but there is no better
way to describe Primeval than to say it's Jaws on
the veldt. As the man-eating croc’s tail swishes
visibly above the dry African grasses or the murky
water, you can't help but hum the shark attack music
that has become a cultural icon. Purcell is good,
Jurgen Prochnow is always great, and Orlando Jones is
funny. They really carry the entire film.
Primeval isn't bad as a matinee distraction, but
goodness knows it isn't great, either. I can however
recommend it as a good date-jumping-in-your-lap movie;
it's more laughable than scary. The major plus to
this film are the “OH SHIT!" moments, and there are
plenty of them. The croc is a beast, the gore is
sweet, but the direction of Michael Katleman is plain
scary….scarier than the damn film in itself. This
movie might have been better if they had a better
director. It was all over the place with the pacing,
the gore, the humor etc….Not to mention a lot of the
time, you couldn’t tell what the hell was going and
who was in danger. I HATE THAT!
guys/gals/kids/dogs/goats later, Primeval ends just
about as you'd expect -- with ‘the gang’ walking away,
and an audience chorusing "yeah, whatever." It’s
worth a look though.
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Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com