Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 9 Frankenfish

This project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch.  Today’s pick is Frankenfish.

IMDb: Frankenfish (TV Movie 9 October 2004)
When the body of a man is found completely destroyed in the swamps in Louisiana, the medical investigator Sam Rivers is assigned to investigate the murder. He travels with the biologist …

“From the director of Spawn” is the phrase above the title of Frankenfish.  Wow, what a selling point.  That’s not to put down Mark A.Z. Dippe even though it’s pretty bad.  I mean why not promote the good stuff that he was involved in the visual effect of like The Abyss, Back to the Future II, Terminator 2, and Jurassic Park.  Either way, if you pick up Frankenfish you should know already exactly what you’re getting.  The creatures are cheese digital effects punctuated with some buckets of gore thrown from off-camera.  What pisses me off is the central idea of a hunter having a creature genetically engineered specifically for the purposes of hunting it and they made it a fish.  There is a scene where they track the creature because it’s wounded.  IT’S UNDER FUCKING WATER!  They start the tracking at night and in the morning they still have a trail of blood in the water.  The Frankenfish is amphibious so they could have done some of this on land where it would make sense, but the last 20 minutes of the movie feel like a real afterthought.  Come back tomorrow when I’ll be watching Night Hunter.

In the meantime, check out Motion Picture Meltdown episodes on Jurassic Park, Spawn, Terminator 2, and even Frankenfish (before I was on the show).

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