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Commandos in Iraq looking for terrorists find a man-eating monster instead.


Tripp Reed


John Werner

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Credited cast:
Robert Beltran ... Sgt. Baxter
Jeff Fahey ... Kramer
Chase Masterson ... Ashley Pierce
Heather Donahue ... Cpl. Keats
Faran Tahir ... Umari
A.J. Buckley ... Pvt. Sulley
Jeff M. Lewis ... Ortiz (as Jeff Lewis)
Richard Gnolfo ... John Busey
Jonas Talkington Jonas Talkington ... Mouth
Michail Elenov Michail Elenov ... Fathi
George Zlatarev George Zlatarev ... Safa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benjamin Burdick ... Ryan
Michael Cory Davis ... Pvt. Davis
Edmund Druilhet ... Sargent Cohen
Vlado Mihailov Vlado Mihailov ... Mickey


During Operation Iraqi Freedom, a US Army Squad is sent to a small Iraqi town to locate a missing news crew, only to find the residents of the town dead and a living weapon of mass destruction, a Manticore, awakened from its long slumber by a terrorist leader wanting to rid his land of the American invaders at any price. Written by GeneralEric

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English | Arabic

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26 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bosszúálló ragadozó See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Yet another addition to an overstuffed genre.
17 October 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Soldiers fighting the war in Iraq are tasked with locating and safely returning a reporter (Chase Masterson) and her cameraman (Benjamin Burdick). Well, the squad does find the two of them at some point, but they find something else, too: an ancient mythical Persian creature called a Manticore that's been contrived back into being by a bloodthirsty baddie (Faran Tahir).

Robert Beltran of 'Star Trek: Voyageur' is the stone-faced officer in charge of a squad that also includes Heather Donahue of "The Blair Witch Project" fame. The cast, for the most part, actually isn't all that bad, but their characters are pretty dispensable. You don't much care what happens to most of them. The reporter character played by Masterson is particularly insufferable, and you spend the whole running time hoping and praying that she buys the farm at some point. Other than Beltran and Donahue, the only other "name" present is Jeff Fahey, who's solid as Beltrans' commanding officer.

The script isn't so hot, and as it plays out it does become extremely reminiscent of both "Aliens" and "Predator". On the plus side, we do get to see some highly enjoyable gore effects - the monster (resembling a lion with wings) makes utter mincemeat out of various victims. Too bad the monster itself is so badly rendered; it looks just awful most of the time. Excellent location shooting in Bulgaria helps matters some.

During another recent review of mine, I did mention that a lot of these types of movies tend to blend together after a while, and 'Manticore' does nothing to stand out in any way. It's only recommended if you're a big fan of the principal actors.

Four out of 10.

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