Monday, May 24, 2010

Dinosaur Island (1994)

Remember "USA Up All Night?" It was a show that aired on USA back in the day that showed B-Movie fair such as horror, Sci-Fi, and skin flicks (with all the sex and nudity edited out, of course) presented by Rhonda Shear and Gilbert "Bob Saget Raped and Killed a Girl in 1990!" Gottfried. From 1986 to 1998, America got it's share of Troma movies, Slasher flicks, Zombie Movies and more late at night. Looking at it's Wikipedia page, one movie that didn't air on the program but would have been perfect was Jim Wynorski and Fred Olen Ray's 1994 Sci-Fi Sex Comedy "Dinosaur Island", produced by the one and only Roger Corman.

The plot is pretty basic-a group of American G.I.'s have their plane crash land on an uncharted island populated by bikini clad women who have a tendency to pop their tops. Oh, and their are dinosaurs, including a giant T-Rex (a prop borrowed from "Carnosaur") that stands in the way of paradise.

"Dinosaur Island." Is not a good movie. It pretty much typifies 90's sexploitation (though it feels a bit too tame to be even considered Softcore) in that it has bad effects, worse acting-the biggest offender being Richard Gabai as the obnoxious Skeemer, lots of female nudity, stock footage and a shaky at best plot.

That's exactly what I expected though. Wynorski and Ray-exploitation vets who gave the world such "classics" as "Hard to Die" and "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers"-are not two directors that one acquaints with good films. They are known for trashy exploitation, and that's exactly what this is-and while it's a bad movie, I can't really hate it either. It achieves what it sets out to do, and it rarely does anything too awful. Also, it manages to be campy without coming off as disrespectful or mean spirited-there are even a few nods to earlier Dinosaur flicks like "One Million Years B.C." thrown in.

"Dinosaur Island" is a rather forgettable movie to be honest, and doesn't offer anything special. However, if your in the mood for undemanding fluff with babes and Dinosaurs, then you could do a whole lot worst.

Rating: 5/10

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