After an African dinosaur ancestor of the crocodile is found, Dr. Campbell uses its DNA to create prototypes at Paula Kennedy's Gereco lab.


Kevin O'Neill





Cast overview, first billed only:
Costas Mandylor ... Dick Sydney
Charles Napier ... Sheriff Harper
Bruce Weitz ... Dr. Campbell
Matt Borlenghi ... Tom Banning
Jane Longenecker ... Diane Harper
Max Perlich ... Deputy Kerrigan
Jake Thomas ... Michael Banning
Price Carson ... Edwin Danders
Joanna Pacula ... Paula Kennedy
Jamie Akhavi Jamie Akhavi ... Judith
Don Pugsley ... Janitor
Fred Burns Fred Burns ... Deputy Collins
Ric Sarabia ... Carl
John Timmons John Timmons ... Buddy
Michael Waite ... Larry


After an African dinosaur ancestor of the crocodile is found, Dr. Campbell uses its DNA to create prototypes at Paula Kennedy's Genetic Research Co. (Gereco) lab. However one must be put down after killing someone, another escapes and the information is kept from sheriff Harper. His daughter, county dog catcher Diane Harper, helps her ex (welding artist Tom Banning) with his kid brother Michael's beloved dog. They bump into Campbell and discover the dinocroc is growing, having escaped down a tunnel. Although Gereco hires Australian crocodile specialist and intrepid hunter, Richard 'Dick' Sydney, the beast proves impervious to bullets, so the body count rises alarming. Written by KGF Vissers

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It feeds on fear.

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Rated R for some creature violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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The actual name of the dinosaur is Suchomimus See more »


In the opening title sequence the newspaper snippets say "archaeologist" when in actuality it is palaeontologists, not archaeologist, who deal with fossil crocodiles. See more »


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Words and Music by John Huckert and Phil Settle
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Not the best of Corman's work
24 December 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Roger Corman makes entertaining movies, and he's made several giant monster movies for the sci-fi channel. Out of them all, this follows his classic style the most, including not so good special effects.

The classic style that didn't work includes the monster not showing itself, lots of people shots that are just fillers, and slow story development.

The special effects croc is a joke. It has no believability to its character.

This is a cheesy movie what people expect from a borderline B movie. Since this was first in line of many of this type of movies to come, it may have had budget problems. In any case, the movie itself was successful, and spawned many different super beast movies. The later productions has much better quality.

I couldn't warm up to this movie, and this is not one of the best of super monster series that came from Roger Corman's production.

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20 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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