The sci-fi horror genre is plagued with bad mutated monsters and thus far hidden creatures of lore that have finally surfaced to wreak havoc on a group of unsuspecting individuals. Dinocroc (2004) is one of these films as well as the debut film of director Kevin O’Neill who has made a career in the visual effects field on such films as Spiders (2000), Feast (2005), Pulse (2006) and Piranha (2010), to name a few.
Written by Dan Acre with Francis Doel and John Huckert this film tells of a corporation who discovers the DNA of an dinosaur ancestor of the Africa crocodile. They use the DNA to resurrect the dinocroc and it escapes the lab wreaking havoc on the nearby community. County dog catcher Diane Harper (Jane Longenecker) and Tom Banning (Matthew Borlenghi) get entangled in the search for the escaped creature when Tom’s brother goes missing and now he must try to find his brother before it is too late. In order to safeguard their experiment the scientists who created the creature send in a crocodile expert by the name of Dick Sydney (Costas Mandylor).
The film has a few choice moments and is entertaining in parts but like most films of this kind it offers little new and feels like a retread of better films. At least Longenecker and Borlenghi have a good enough rapport with one another to keep the romantic sub plot moving forward and Mandylor adds a welcomed dose of comedy just when needed. As is par for the course the CGI is barely manageable but there are enough kills in the film to at least keep the body count high enough for entertainment value.
This is a film that only the diehard lovers of low budget sci-fi horror will bother to enjoy.