Creature Features (Octopus/Spiders/King Cobra/Crocodile) (2001) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
This set contains four movies about giant creatures run amok. I have reviewed them all separately, so I won’t go into great detail here. The set is an interesting collection, and is recommended for people devoted to the genre of cheesy B-movies about nature gone awry.
“Octopus” is about a giant octopus, but also gets entangled with any number of subplots including the Cuban missile crisis, and diplomatic relations with Bulgaria. It is filled with terrible over-acting, bad sets and a hokey monster.
“King Cobra” is about a giant bio-engineered snake that terrorizes a small town lager festival. It has entertaining roles by Pat Morita, Hoyt Axton, and Erik Estrada, and is the best of the four films. It has its share of hokey moments, but is far and away the best of these films, bringing the set up to a three star rating. If you buy this set, save this one for last; it’s a real treat after the others.
“Spiders” is insufferably stupid on every level. It features a conspiracy-theory plot enmeshed with giant spiders in what has to be one of the least plausible storylines even by standards of B-grade monster movies.
“Crocodile” was my least favorite of the four films. Ironically it was made by the best director, Tobe Hooper, but the cast was so thoroughly unpalatable that I wished the crocodile had devoured them all during the opening credits so we could have proceeded to the closing credits directly. I was very amused by the scene in which the crocodile jumps over the top of their boat. Rarely has a computer graphic looked that stupid.
For the B-movie fan, this set may be a good investment as it is much cheaper than the four movies individually. Then again, you may want to consider buying “King Cobra” and watching it four times and forgetting the rest: that’s what I would do in retrospect.
About Creature Features (Octopus/Spiders/King Cobra/Crocodile) (2001)
Starring: Mark McLachlan, Caitlin Martin, Chris Solari, D.W. Reiser, Julie Mintz
Runtime: 127 minutes
Director: David Hillenbrand, Gary Jones, John Eyres, Scott Hillenbrand