Lizardman DVD Review
Written by Jennifer Turner
DVD released by Camp Motion Pictures
Directed by Peter Dang
Written by Stephen Goldberg
2012, 82 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on May 13th, 2014
Michael Harding as Professor Reeves
Sherri Box as Dr. Sylvia Jenkins
Mike Gaglio as Bill Huxley
Matthew Easton as Lizardman
Tammy Klein as Vicky
With a title like Lizardman, I was set to hate this movie. My bitchy senses were tingling with the highest frequency. Oddly enough, I did not find myself hating it; I didn't love it, but I also didn't try to hang myself while watching it.
The plot of Lizardman centers on a billionaire who is trying to capture an elusive creature for his own personal gain. He hires a group of military hunters to track and capture it. His goal is to prove that this creature exists, but it backfires when the creature gets loose.
I was impressed by the quality of the movie. I was expecting something filmed in a basement while a guy in a dollar-store lizard mask ran around and growled. Don't get me wrong, the monster looks ridiculous, but honestly I don't think a million-dollar blockbuster could do any better. This is definitely in the Syfy movie category: silly but entertaining.
The special effects are really disappointing; there is a big fight scene with the lizard man in the beginning of the film. Much to my dismay, the blood in addition to being way too red, spurted out of the creature before it was even shot. It was obvious that the "blood" was added in post production and comes off as really low rent.
The cast of this movie is surprisingly likable, especially the military hunters. In my experience, actors in such fare like this tend to phone it in, going through the motions until the check clears. Not the case with this cast as they give it their all, which makes the movie more enjoyable. Two particular favorites are Tammy Klein who plays mercenary Vicky and Michael Gaglio who plays the sleazy billionaire Bill Huxley.
There is only one other issue I have with this movie and that is the multiple and obvious filler scenes. A majority of the scenes are people standing around expositing plot points that the average viewer already figured out. When the movie is called Lizardman, I expect to see a lizard running amok and killing people. If I want to sit around listening to boring people talk, I'll turn on The View. There is also a minute long scene where a woman in a bikini pours baby oil all over herself while dancing seductively. Wait, why am I complaining? I take it back, that scene can stay.
The bottom line is that the movie is not as bad as I expected it to be. It's one of those light-hearted movies that you zone out to but still be entertained. It's definitely a treat to viewers who like their monsters bad and their movies worse. Stay tuned to the end credits, there is a hysterical music video obviously titled Lizardman. I actually rocked out to it a bit before remembering that I was in public and also a nerd.
Video and Audio:
The video quality is amazing for its budget, but there are some flaws. There is a lot of camera shaking during the action scenes. Plus, the post production blood just looks ludicrous and takes a lot away from the scenes.
There isn't a loud, annoying score that drowns out the audio. You can hear all the dialogue, especially during the action sequences. The metal inspired soundtrack is oddly entertaining.
For features, there is just a trailer reel and the aforementioned music video.