5 items from 2011
Director: Tripp Reed.
Writer: David Ray.
From the creators of the upcoming Ice Quake and Mega Cyclone comes the human-eating Mandrake. This SyFy Original premiered in early April, with a future showing in May and this production follows a research team into the jungles of Central America. Here, actors Nick Gomez, Max Martini, and Wayne Pere play anthropologists in search of an ancient, yet cursed, dagger. Soon, the mandrake, normally a poisonous plant, is released and viewers might be searching for something unique in this SyFy Original; this reviewer had to dig deep (get it) to find its uniqueness. A killing bush, the inclusion of two, possibly three villains, and the talk of Conquistador curses creates some of the thrills in this relatively action packed film adventure.
The real mandrake root is actually very poisonous and according to ancient legend, those who unearth the mandrake are soon to hear its cry and later die. »
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It's another lackluster week with barely any noteworthy titles to compete for your hard-earned dollars. However, you can prepare yourselves for Wes Craven's latest installment in the Scream franchise which is opening this week by getting your groove on with the Scream 4 soundtrack.
You'd be swaying with the likes of the franchise's returning stars, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox, as well as new cast members Britt Robertson, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Shenae Grimes, and Lucy Hale.
Other titles this week include The Inheritance directed by Robert O'Hara and starring Golden Brooks, Keith David, Db Woodside, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Rochelle Aytes; Mask Maker directed by Griff Furst and starring Nikki Deloache, Terry Kiser, Stephen Colletti, Jonathan Breck, Michael Berrymen, Treat Williams, Mariah Bonner, and A.J. Allegra; Black Heaven directed by Gilles Marchand and starring Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Louise Bourgoin, Melvil Poupaud; and »
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“The jungle feeds on the blood of the invaders” is a line from the film Mandrake that pretty much sums up the story and gives you a clear idea of the tone of the movie you’d be sitting through for 90 minutes. If you’re a stoner and came across Mandrake on the tube, you might consider yourself pretty lucky to have the opportunity to view this made-for-tv thriller. But just to make things easy, I’m going to review this for those of you who are considering films to watch while sober and in a relatively normal state of mind. In that case, this movie is probably not for you, because it would be a masochistic act to watch it without being under the influence.
The story follows a group of archeologists, anthropologists and ex-military men who set out into the jungle of South America in search of a five hundred year-old bejeweled dagger. »
- Savio Pham
by Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com
You don’t order a Big Mac and complain that it’s not prime rib, and you don’t sit behind the wheel of a Ford Metro and bitch that it doesn’t handle like a Porsche, so I’m not going to knock “Mandrake” for being a TV movie rip off of Predator and the Ruins. I should’ve known what I was getting into when I saw Skin-amax fave Andrew Stevens listed as a producer. Yes, I should’ve known better.
“Mandrake” follows a group of clichéd Americans through the jungles of South America trying to find a mystic knife. And before you can say, “… throw me the idol, I’ll throw you the whip…” a curse has been released and our heroes have to fight their way out.
This is the kind of movie that reminds me to get off my high »
Mock Syfy's original movies all you want, they still do solid ratings. They're also free to watch. How about paying to watch Syfy monster movies about fairy tale trolls, giant worms, and ancient fiends? Would you feel an April's fool to purchase a quartet of Syfy monsters heading to DVD?
April 5th brings two such creature features that start with the letter B. Behemoth (review here) just premiered on Syfy last month and is fastracking its way to DVD shelves. "Eureka" co-star Ed Quinn contends with a giant monster erupting from a mountain to potentially bring about the end of the world, or so says "X-Files" Cigarette Smoking Man, William B. Davis.
An earthquake reactivates a long-dormant volcano threatening the small town of Ascension, trembling in its shadow. But the gaping maws in the region reveal evidence of something else a centuries-old subterranean creature at last given the chance to »
5 items from 2011
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