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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Derivative horror movie is violent and depraved.

Movie R 2011 95 minutes
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This monster movie is about as bad as they come. Its amazingly low-budget "effects" include an actual latex monster rather than the now-more-typical CGI. The creature isn't at all scary, but some of the behavior of the human characters can be disturbing; some of the behavior on display here includes incest and cannibalism.

On a pure storytelling level, the filmmakers steal from dozens of typical teen-road-trip horror movies, plus the old evil-hillbilly chestnut, and throw in a few depraved ideas from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And most of the characters are simply flat-out annoying. It's all so numbingly routine that it's not clear whether the filmmakers thought they were paying homage, making a parody, or just doing an outright rip-off. The casting of legendary character actor Sid Haig -- and a subtle mention of Haig's best movie, Spider Baby (1964) -- suggests some genre knowledge, but there's no inspiration in the cheap, lazy CREATURE. It's dead on arrival.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 9, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: March 20, 2012
  • Cast: Mehcad Brooks , Serinda Swan , Sid Haig
  • Director: Fred Andrews
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: The Bubble Factory
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: bloody violence and grisly images, some sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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