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Frankenfish (2004)

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A genetically-altered fish wreaks havoc on a small fishing town.


Mark A.Z. Dippé (as Mark Dippé)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tory Kittles ... Sam Rivers
K.D. Aubert ... Eliza
China Chow ... Mary Callahan
Matthew Rauch ... Dan
Donna Biscoe ... Gloria Crankton
Tomas Arana ... Jeff
Mark Boone Junior ... Joseph
Reggie Lee ... Anton
Noelle Evans ... Bobbi
Richard Edson ... Roland
Muse Watson ... Elmer
Steven Ritzi ... Pilot (as Steve Ritzi)
Ron Gural ... Coroner / Sheriff
Eugene Collier Eugene Collier ... John Crankton
Sean Patterson Sean Patterson ... Abrams


When the body of a man is found completely destroyed in the swamps in Louisiana, the medical investigator Sam Rivers is assigned to investigate the murder. He travels with the biologist Mary Callahan to the location where the victim lived in a floating house and he meets his family and friends. They find that Chinese snake-heads genetically engineered that belong to a wealthy hunter are attacking and killing the locals. While the group fights to survive, the hunter Jeff arrives with his team to hunt the predators. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, language, sexual content and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This film was based on the snakehead fish incident in Crofton, Maryland. See more »


The Sheriff's jackets clearly shows a patch stating county, when in actuality, Louisiana is made up of Parishes. See more »


Sam Rivers: Where we're going, nothing works
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Referenced in Frankenfish and Chill (2015) See more »

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Decent Fun
24 May 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Frankenfish (2004)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Mildly entertaining horror film takes place in the swamps of Louisiana where dead bodies are beginning to pile up. Not only are the bodies dead but they are strangely mutilated and it turns out that a huge, man-made fish is the bad guy. You might think this is just another rip off of Jaws and it is in a way but it's certainly more entertaining than a lot of the rips out there. The film might not be original in its story but it does offer up some original things and that includes having a black man play the lead, which normally doesn't happen in a film like this. Tory Kittles does a very good job in his role and certainly delivers the best performance in the film. The low budget nature of the film is actually a good thing as it makes the settings feel all the more real and it also builds up some nice atmosphere. The CGI fish is pretty fake looking but it's not too bad and it's certainly far from the worst thing I've seen in these types of movies. If you're after gore then this film offers a lot of that includes various decapitations, which let the red stuff go crazy. The plot really doesn't make any sense but the fish has something to do with a gangster but none of the dialogue makes it too clear about what's going on. If you don't enjoy B movies then you'll certainly hate this one but if you are a fan then this film offers enough to keep you entertained.

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Release Date:

9 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bayou See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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