• Martyn Wakefield

KOMODO VS COBRA (REVIEW)

Dir. Jim Wynorski

Reviewer. Dan Cook

Directed by genre veteran Jim Wynorski, the visionary behind such masterpieces as CHEERLEADER MASSACRE, CAMEL SPIDERS and PIRANHACONDA but across his portfolio of 150+ films, he is most remembered by his 80s classic, CHOPPING MALL. KOMODO VS COBRA is a far from terrifying shlocker and with the same terrible acting, awful writing and dreadful CG effects one would expect from a film with the name KOMODO VS COBRA, it's far from reaching the memorable heights he achieved with the robot mall slasher.


The movie, which is a sequel to Wynorski’s 2004 opus CURSE OF THE KOMODO, sees giant reptiles once again on the rampage as a group of environmentalists venture to a South Pacific island where illicit genetic experimentation has created oversized, man-eating beasties. OK, It’s not quite in the same league as other ‘’Vs.’’ movies such as FREDDY VS. JASON, ALIEN V PREDATOR or KRAMER VS KRAMER but as far as these bargain bucket, straight-to-the-SyFy channel creature features go, I’ve seen much worse. It’s got some nice location shots, the bloodless deaths are laughably cheesy and leading man Michael Pare makes for a charismatic dual-pistol wielding hero. Plus, it has a recurring theme that sounds like John Barry’s James Bond motif crossed with the opening tune to the classic mid-90’s game show FORT BOYARD.


One things for sure, it’s certainly more enjoyable than last week’s viewing of LOCKJAW, a film that is now my gold standard for truly crappy, made-for-tv B movies.



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