Creature (1998) – movie review

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Creature (1998) aka: Peter Benchley’s Creature

Craig T. Nelson
Kim Cattrallpeter_benchleys_creature_1998

This feels like an 80’s monster movie and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Both Nelson and Cattrall already had successful careers, it would seem unlikely they would show up in a made-for-TV monster flick. But there they were, providing above average acting to what should be a B-sci fi/horror film. The monster here is a genetically engineered mutation, half man/half shark, on steroids, a set of massive teeth on two legs chasing down his prey which consisted mostly of humans. The script was well-written from Peter Benchley’s novel and made the events seem plausible. Stan Winston’s special-FX team worked up a defined original creature, enjoyable for the monster fan. So why isn’t it well known and praised in the horror genre? Because it was over a decade too late. If this had come out in the mid-eighties, had a little more gore and skin, it would have made some waves. Unfortunately in 1998, it was little more than a ripple in a puddle. However that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable, just don’t expect it to live up to today’s monster movie standards. Being a TV movie, it takes an hour for things to really start heating up but the pay-off is good. It certainly ain’t no ‘Jaws,’ so it’s best to think of it as an 80’s ‘B’ monster film.

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Creature (1998) – movie review

  1. Maybe they’ll play this on SyFy one day, and that will be the day I give this a view! Sounds like moderate fun though.

    Off-topic sort of but did you ever see 2012’s Creature? Curious to hear your thoughts if you did.

  2. 😀 Nice stills! Although i must admit that i have some trouble identifieing which ones are the creature and which ones are Nelson, but that might just be to blame partially on my mediocre eyesight and partially on my old device. So never mind about it. 😀 Nice stills!

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