ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – P – Piranhaconda (2012)

Director: Jim Wynorski

Writer: J Brad Wilke, Mike MacLean (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Madsen, Rachel Hunter, Rib Hillis, Terri Ivens, Chris De Christopher, Shandi Finnessey, Michael Swan, Noah Blake

 

Plot: Two piranha/anaconda hybrid creatures hunt down the scientist who stole their egg and a film crew; making a slasher film in the jungle.


Tagline – Part Snake! Part Fish! All Killer!

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: True Trash

 

Story: Piranhaconda starts when scientist Lovegrove (Madsen) takes a new snake egg of a piranha & anaconda hybrid, the snake heads off into the jungle island in search of it killing anyone who gets in its way. Elsewhere on the island Mile (De Christopher) is directing a low budget slasher movie with diva leading lady Kimmy Weston (Finnessey), add into the mix the local gang that are kidnapping people for ransom, we have three groups that are being targeting by the snake who must now work together.

 

Thoughts on Piranhaconda

 

Characters – Lovegrove is the scientist trying to study the eggs of a piranhaconda which only disturbs them from their home, he somehow manages to elude the snake unlike anyone else on the island and fills in information. Talia is one of the kidnappers, she is the right-hand woman and that is about it. Jack is the stuntman that is dating one of the behind the scenes woman while batting off the interest of the leading lady, he kind of becomes the reluctant hero. Rose is the crew member that is starting to date Jack who gets jealous of the leading lady. We also have the director, the diva star and the kidnapping locals.

PerformancesTime to rant without insulting, Michael Madsen has been in Tarantino movies, how did he end up in this? He is clearly her for some form of pay check as he looks like he just turned on at the resort one day and was given the role. Rachel Hunter fills the quota of just having models in the film, she does absolutely nothing. Rib Hillis is the strongest of the performers in this film with Terri Ivens doing the second best, even though I did enjoy watching the diva actresses played by Shandi Finnessey. Most of the performers are women in bikinis running around Hawaii.

StoryThe story follows unlikely group of people needing to work together to escape a giant hybrid piranha anaconda mix, superfast, super hungry and super aggressive. This is simple enough and for sure this is easy to watch if that was all we had, we don’t we have terrible character development as we spend half the story seemingly meeting random people on the island that get selected to be the next victim, usually hot women. The science behind the creation is loose to say the least and to say the storytelling process is smart would be an insult to anyone.

Action/Adventure/Horror/Sci-FiThe action gives us the shoot as many bullets at a creature whose skin just bounces bullets off with a couple of explosions. The horror would come off as the creature feature concept which has always worked well, but not this time. The sci-fi side of the film give us the idea of an unknown creature causing the problems.

SettingsThe film is set in Hawaii which looks pretty, but the reality is that it could be any jungle island.

Special EffectsThis is a sci-fi level movie, we know the level of special effects and this is particular weak because it just uses the same technique for every kill which gets boring quickly.


Scene of the Movie –
Most of Jack solo scene, because he knew what the tone of the movie is all about.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The kill move.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of those truly bad low budget films, it has weak acting, effects and storytelling with only one actor seemingly understanding the tone of the movie.

 

Overall: Not even so bad its funny.

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A Doggone Adventure (2018)

Director: Tony Randel

Writer: Jim Wynorski (Screenplay)

Starring: Kurt Yaeger, John Henry Richardson, Walker Mintz, Jayden Hedden, Jonathan Tysor, Sydne Thackray, Dilan Patton

 

Plot: A telepathic dog enlists a group of fun loving kids to help him solve a mystery. The K-9 detective leads the children down a road filled with action and adventure.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Family Film

 

Story: A Doggone Adventure starts as four children David (Mintz), Ricky (Hedden), Jeremy (Tysor) and Jenny (Thackray) are looking to follow in David and Ricky’s father Steven (Yaeger) footsteps as a unsolved mystery hunter, role in Murphy the Jack Russell whose owner has gone missing, now he is looking to locate Steven to help solve the mystery.

Murphy meets the children and joins thm on investigating their haunted house with his telepathic ability, only for the real owner Masters (Richardson) to arrive after leaving him and with an evil organisation after Murphy the mystery turns into an adventure.

 

Thoughts on A Doggone Adventure

 

Characters – Steven Hill is the father of the family who has just seen his show cancelled on television, his show has given his kids the inspiration to follow in his footsteps one day, but now he must be the responsible father. Masters is the former owner of Murphy that had to let him go free instead of getting captured, he puts the plan together to save Murphy. Murphy is the Jack Russell with telepathic powers, he talks to the people and soon shows his intelligence while trying to stay ahead of anyone that is after him.

PerformancesThe performances in the film are good throughout, we have our adults that show the experience, which gives us a mix of the serious levels and comedic levels the film needs, while the child stars are good too, as they seem like they have been friends for a while now.

StoryThe story here is about a telepathic dog which befriends children to stay ahead of an evil organisation that wants to use him for their own benefits. The story is targeted to a young audience and does deliver on this, but if filled with Easter Eggs for the older audience to look out for. The film does keep everything simple to follow and does sprinkle comedy in the story which will get you chuckling through the film.

Adventure/FamilyThe adventure we see unfold here is everything the children want from their own lives which is what we like seeing from an adventure film, the family side of the film is how the film is targeted to a young family member but does have references the older family members will understand.

SettingsThe film uses the idea of a haunted house and government cover ups, the settings do however show us the level of budget which is lower and makes this feel like a television series over a film.


Scene of the Movie –
The escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The kids are given one too many lines when it comes to puns or one liners to commentate on what is happening.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun family film that animal lovers can enjoy, it has a nice amount of comedy which hits more than it misses and gives us a good sense of adventure.

 

Overall: Grab the family and enjoy.

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