'Dinocroc Vs. Supergator' review: Dino-mite, croc-tastic!

Dinocroc Vs. Supergator was impeccable Saturday-night junk entertainment. The Syfy network has really tapped into a solid niche audience for cheesy, new, low-budget sci-fi-horror movies, and this one, produced by the legendary Roger Corman and featuring the late David Carradine, was goofy fun all the way.

“What the hell is going on?” asked Carradine early in this two-hour festival of square-jawed heroes, buxom babes, and monstrously bad CGI. What was going on was Carradine portraying a rich investor, Jason Drake, who was interested in using biotechnology to “create genetic Frankensteins” using “growth hormones on living creatures.”

The best thing about Dinocroc Vs. Supergator was its fast pace. The movie knew that the only way to keep us watching was to immediately immerse us in a tropical setting, get the croc and the gator chomping on tourists and one sleazeball filmmaker (the director of the “just-completed” Maniac Man 6), and zooming past the bad dialogue and acting.

Carradine’s part was filmed separately from the rest of the monster action — the idea was that his Drake had a weak heart and communicated via phone to the people in the thick of his dangerous experiments. It’s good that Carradine was kept away from most of the rest of the cast, since they were busy giving strenuously bad performances. I haven’t seen this much over-acting on a Saturday night since January Jones hosted SNL.

Foremost among the delightfully schlocky roles was Logan, a.k.a. The Cajun, a swampy hunter hired to kill the rampaging Dinocroc and the Supergator. Logan, played by Rib Hillis (now there’s an actor-name!), had the bright idea to pit the two monsters together for the movie’s big final battle. Why? Because, he said, “I know lizards, they’re pretty smart… the alligator and the crocodile are mortal enemies. We make ‘em fight, and then take out the winner.”

Dinocroc Vs. Supergator was its own sort of film mutation: Dinocroc was a 2004 Corman film (starring the great Charles Napier), while Supergator was a 2007 Corman production featuring Kelly McGillis. For Syfy, Corman melded his two properties and the result was swift ridiculousness that had good, lowdown energy. Scoff if you want, but there are gradations of junk, and I’d rather watch a TV-movie like this than CSI: Miami or America’s Got Talent any night.

Did you watch?

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  • Shippo

    Yes. Yes we watched. It was everything your review said it was. A monsterously bad piece of garbage that we watched from start to finish and are about to watch again. Much better than Prime Time TV…

    • Dan

      Another solid entry in SyFy’s Saturday Night Crap-o-rama.

    • ks

      May the cheesiest show win. :)

  • Yvonne

    It was hilarious, gruesome, suspenseful, and amazing all at the same time. I’d absolutely watch it again. Matter of fact, I AM! XD

    • Destry

      At last, someone comes up with the “right” anewsr!

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  • Jim Wynorski

    As the co-writer and director of tonight’s epic, DvsS, I thank you all for watching. I had a ball making this film. Jim Wynorski(aka Jay Andrews)

  • Jane

    No, I didn’t watch, or know, and am annoyed, I didn’t know this was on. My guilty pleasure is awful films about giant crocs, etc, and I’m not ashamed at all. They are just fun! I’ll have to check to see if this will be re-run! Shoot! I just checked, and it’s re-running now, but almost over…I’ll catch it soon I’m sure. Love these flicks!

    • Eloise

      With the bases loadde you struck us out with that answer!

  • Eshia

    I watched, and my personal favorite was the sister & brother scientists who had two different accents (British & American, respectively). LOL! And who casts a guy called “The Cajun” that doesn’t talk like a cajun?!?

    • steph

      My fave thing about “The Cajun” is that he’s a handyman on Extreme Home Makeover. lol.

  • Helga

    The guy that played the cajun wasn’t half as horrible as the female scientist. Her acting was so bad, I almost asked for my money back from my cable provider. But that aside, I absolutely loved this big cheesy ball of fun!

    • Sonny

      That’s relyal thinking out of the box. Thanks!

  • redvector

    When you’re just starting out in the acting game you can get away with doing these kinds of movies but when you’re an established actor your career is basically over.

    • Dave

      Actually, I think his career is over because of a different reason.

  • Hellen

    I love these Syfy movies… I record them all the time and watch with my nephews. It’s the perfect amount of harmless scary for kids but hilarious entertainment for me. Thank you Syfy network!

  • johnny

    It was great. Well…yea, it was great! CGI reminds me of the old old monster movies…great fun, that. As others have said, MUCH better than prime time garbage that actually makes ones hair hurt. Hint of more to come in the parting scene, yes? Keep up the great casting with the chicks! All men are only 12, after all.

    • Viviane

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  • Vic Nardozza

    This wasn’t good bad. It was just crap. And as long as idiots like those who have already commented keep watching, the SyFy channel will never produce anything of quality.

    • Ron

      It’s the SyFy channel, if you’re waiting for quality, you’re deluded. As for calling those other people idiots, look inside yourself to see why you put others down for getting enjoyment out of something.

    • MaryJane

      Vic, surely you don’t expect quality from Syfy movies anymore? That was something they gave up lonnnnng ago, and while they do have a couple of really good shows like Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth, I look forward to their movies for their cheesiness.

      • Charles

        Wow! You could have chosen “Warehouse 13,” “Eureka,” or the now-finished “Battlestar Galactica” as examples of some of the shows that SyFy does right and you named….fake voodoo crap like “Ghost Hunters” and “Destination Truth.” I know the pinheads that have “rebranded” the channel are trying to tap into the current popular notion of “dark fantasy” (especially to capture the elusive 14-yr old “Twilight” audience), but really….Ghost Hunters?

    • ks

      SyFy never has had quality shows (BSG excluded) that is the charm of it it. An outlet for cheesey movies. That said, why is WWF on a scifi program

  • Lamar

    I laughed and cried (laughing) all the way through. For me, the funniest part was playing the game of “Come on, David Carradine, do you REALLY know what kind of sinister experiments you’re talking about, or did they just film this footage at an earlier date for use in whatever Roger Corman movie fit the bill later on?” Notice how he never said the words “crocodile” or “alligator”, and in fact pointed to a viewscreen photo of an alligator when the “scientists” asked him what they were supposed to mutate. Since his father John had created similar “generic footage” before his death (whether for Corman or Fred Olen Ray, I can’t recall), the idea was both amusing and cool. Generic mad science is the Carradine family business! My favorite bad actor was the concierge at the hotel (who never even got eaten), and, oh, the tragic injustice that the tourists never got to step foot in Elvis’ room! LOVED this piece of crap!

    • MaryJane

      David’s daddy, the late great John Carradine, made a living playing badly written crazy characters with visions of grandeur, love his old movies, too!

      • b d

        The old horror movies from the 1920-1950’s b and c movies were done better than this, including the special effects. Sci-Fi should show those classic movies.

  • The Dukester

    Why is the croc part dino?

  • MaryJane

    I was too busy laughing at the re-used scripts from both “Dinocroc” and “Supergator”! They took scenes from both of those movies and remade them using the exact same circumstances. The two bimbos standing in front of the waterfall to get their pictures taken by the doomed film maker were the very same scenes from the other movie, it was so hilarious with them taking off into the jungle with barely a stitch on while the creature chased them! It’s the kind of movie that all of the dummies in it do the predictably dumb things, like just standing there waiting for the monsters to eat them! I say, CHOMP AWAY!!!

  • Kauaiman

    Oh this was so much fun! Especially from my perspective of being a regular visitor to where it was filmed (Kauai) and especially seeing Bam Bam in the Hawaii Movir Tours bus being part of the action! (I miss you guys.) This was a total Saturday Bad/Good movie and nails the genre. Well worth the view.

    • Narintip

      You have great reason to be pcheysd, Victoria. I took the Blueprint prep course in NYC before the June LSAT and it was phenomenal on every level.The Blueprint method is top-notch. When I first looked at logic games, for example and you’ll know exactly what I mean in a couple days after your first practice game section my head was spinning. Now, if I don’t get 100% of the questions correct, it’s because I made a bonehead mistake or drank too much the night before.Unfortunately, you won’t have Colin Elzie as your teacher, but I’m sure your teacher will be just as rad wait, probably not, sorry. But don’t fret, your teacher, as the silver-tongued Trent Teti might say, will indubitably be awesome.In all seriousness though, the people at Blueprint are great, and I’m really glad I chose their prep course. Although the 4 hour classes at first seemed daunting to me, they were actually a lot of fun. Yup, fun. I’m just pissed they won’t be teaching my law school classes.So good luck and enjoy the Blueprint experience. For all you NorCalers out there, It’s hella cool.

  • Snarf

    Wow. Haven’t seen CGI that bad since the first season of Hercules:The Legendary Journeys.

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