Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 19 Mammoth

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 Mammoth.

IMDb: Mammoth (TV Movie 22 April 2006)
On a hot summer afternoon in the sleepy town of Blackwater, Louisiana locals exiting a retro-fitted theater excitedly watch as a meteor streaks across the sky and crashes through the roof …

This synopsis trails off before it gets to the meat of what’s happening, but this movie has a fucking alien lifeform possesses a frozen mammoth and goes on a killing spree. That’s a big justification in a type of movie where honestly they could just relied on a typical environmental message reason. I appreciate the extra legwork put into the plot. Had the creature been thawed by global warming or unearthed by some man-made disaster, the movie would more or less write itself from there. We’ve all seen those kind of films and know how they go. For a tv movie, Mammoth seems to be going out of it’s way to subvert tropes. The loser friend, Squirrelly, and our main character’s daughter, Jack, beat up two douche bags after they come on to her then get aggressive. You’ve got Squirrelly with a headbutt out of left field which I never saw coming. The usually forced special guest star position was fill by Tom Skerritt. They did a good job of spacing him out to the point that you don’t notice how little actual screentime he gets or the fact that in half of his scenes he’s alone or that he’s dressed like my dad. Now the the bad, the special effects for the Mammoth are terrible. The whole movie is a goof though. It knows that and lets you know that multiple times. It wears it’s ’50s and ’60s scifi influence on it’s sleeve and for the most part plays it’s cards as if it were the real thing. Some of the references are a bit much, but I could see myself watching this again at some point in the future.

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