Komodo (1999)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Natural Horror  |   Release Date - Jul 14, 1999 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Australia , United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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What we have here is the basic 1950s B-movie "mutant critters running amok" saga, with not much new going for it except for some credible special effects (which should be a given, considering director Michael Lantieri's background) and an excellent performance by Jill Hennessey as Victoria, a heroine who faces up to bully humans as well as brazen reptiles. Overtones of Anaconda and Godzilla abound, with a smidgen of Jurassic Park thrown in for good measure, although Komodo falls short of all of them in the long run, mostly because of the abrupt and frustratingly inconclusive ending. But fans of those 1950s sci-fi staples that featured giant, rampaging ants, leeches, and tarantulas may get a familiar jolt from the sight of carnivorous Komodo dragons leaping out of the bushes at unsuspecting human victims. Those with more discriminating taste in their "nature vs. man" thrillers may want to see if the wonderfully cheesy The Food of the Gods is available instead.