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The Curse of the Komodo (2004)

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Genetically-engineered Komodo dragons have become ginormous creatures hunting people on a remote tropical island. A small group of scientists must stop the dragons before they escape the island and destroy the rest of the world.


Jim Wynorski (as Jay Andrews)


Steve Latshaw





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Abell ... Jack
Melissa Brasselle ... Tiffany
William Langlois William Langlois ... Phipps
Gail Thackray ... Dawn (as Gail Harris)
Paul Logan ... Drake
Glori-Anne Gilbert ... Rebecca
Ted Monte ... Hanson
Cam Newlin Cam Newlin ... Reece
J.P. Davis ... Blake
John Henry Richardson ... Foster (as Jay Richardson)
Arthur Roberts ... Detective
Richard Gabai ... Jeffries
Daryl Haney Daryl Haney ... Finton
Scott Fresina Scott Fresina ... Hotel Guest
George 'Buck' Flower ... Cashier (as Buck Flower)
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Rated R for language, violence and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Hansons truck is a, 1980 Ford Bronco XLT. See more »


The Navy F-14's are shown alternately making an attack run with their tail-hooks down, and then without. (Realistically, carrier aircraft would never make bombing runs with their tail hooks down anyway.) See more »


Dr. Dawn Porter: Looks like our serum really works Professor! The valence readings are up almost 600%. I mean they're off the charts! The growth potential here is enormous!
Prof. Nathan Phipps: Listen, I want you and Becky to get back here as soon as possible. With that kind of exponential reaction there's no telling what kind of mutations have occurred. We run the risk of a complete molecular breakdown.
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No mutant komodo dragons were harmed in the making of this film. See more »


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Bigger (Komodos) aren't necessarily better!
14 October 2004 | by mlevansSee all my reviews

I thought 'Curse of the Komodo' was decent. Sadly, though, Jim Wynorski took what could have been a fascinating subject and turned it into a cheesy B movie.

The characters' remark that the Komodo Dragon is 'the world's most dangerous reptile' is probably accurate. It is certainly one of the more intimidating. The thought of Komodos being mutated to be larger, stronger, more aggressive or perhaps less held in check by whatever forces of nature hold them in check, is a pretty scary one. A movie in which mutated Komodos grow to be maybe 1.5 or twice their normal size would be scary and feasible enough to be acceptable for a horror movie junkie.

However, Wynorski seems to be trying to make another dinosaur movie. These gigantic Komodos look an awfully lot like raptors or T-Rex's! Do Komodos actually walk around on their hind legs? I cannot recall ever seeing a photo of one doing so. The scene that lost me was when the four crooks are sneaking up on the others and see them fighting off the Komodo from a side view. That shot was as cheesy and phony as any I recall seeing from the 1950s! Of course, those who touch the Komodo 'venom' turning into murderous zombies, is a bit over-the-line, too! That said, the movie wasn't terrible. I disagree with the attacks on the acting. The no-name cast isn't bad. I really like William Langlois as the professor---although he really reminds me more of a high school or college football coach than a scientist! He and his co-worker Dawn (Gail Harris) work well together. I couldn't keep the other 'good guys' straight in one and a half viewings.

The crooks aren't bad, either. Bad dude/bodybuilder Drake (Paul Logan) is convincing enough, although I was never really sure what I thought about him. His girl Friday, with her Meredith Baxter-Birney neon-white teeth, is a level above the average B-horror bimbo. I halfway felt myself being drawn to her as the film went on. I can't say the same for the good doctor's whiny big-boobed daughter, who really deserved to be Komodo food. I like the other two crooks, too. The booze-swilling copter pilot is well played by Ted Monte and Cam Newlin is good as Reese, the other crook.

Overall, this isn't a bad one. I certainly made sure I returned it in time, though. This isn't one that's worth paying a late fee on!

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21 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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