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October Creature Feature

 Peter Benchley’s



by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

They are some movies that defy description. After you watch the movie; you find yourself asking the question, “Did I like that movie ?”

Peter Benchley’s Creature is one of those movies that makes you stop, scratch your head and scrunch up your face and ask yourself, “Why am I still thinking about that creature feature ?”

Movies, TV shows, novels, books, and short stories always challenge the reader to accept or reject the idea based on whether or not the idea is “believable” in your mind.

Shark Man

This film should challenge your “believability” factor. Imagine, a shark man.

If the image of a shark man doesn’t come right away, think of traditional mythology and the creature called the “Centaur.” Pictures, drawings and artwork of centaurs are everywhere. A Zodiac symbol for Sagittarius is the “Centaur” and modern Western Astrology named some celestial body out in space, Chiron, “The Wounded Healer” and the descriptions get all misty-eyed about a centaur type creature, who can heal everyone in the Universe, except himself.

Centaur Symbolism ?

Now, if you can accept, in your mind, the ancient mythology picture of a “Centaur,” half-man and half-horse; why can’t you accept the idea of a shark man ? What freaked me out about the creature on film; is the shark man has the upper torso of a shark and the lower torso of a man. With this picture in your mind, let us look at this movie overall.

Washed up Water Warriors

The movie starts off believable. The military people in the movie, probably did not have a military technical advisor or a US military retiree anywhere near the set because the so-called military actors as a rule could use a hair cut. Their khaki US Navy uniforms look like they slept in them and their “fruit salad” on their chest – does look like a blob of dried fruit salad – rather than military ribbons.

Bottom line, do not look at these actors pretending to be military to get an idea how to wear a military uniform or place the name tags and ribbons.

I suspect someone on the crew may have had a hard time trying to figure out how to place a baseball cap on the actors’ head because the story calls for a military angle.

Unfortunately, the haircuts and uniforms are so out in left field that it would have been better to put green body paint and uniforms on the actors and refer to them as “Plastic Green Army Men.”

The military angle early in the film’s story gives you a somewhat realistic starting point.

Aloha Ah Ha !

The civilians on the tropical island in the middle of the ocean seem like civilians on a tropical island in the middle of the ocean.

Aries Craig T. Nelson plays Dr. Simon Chase. Leo Kim Cattrall plays Dr. Amanda Mayson. Nelson and Cattrall both come across as passionate, driven, scientists out to save the planet and the world’s oceans.

Of course, while the valiant scientists champion the cause to save the ocean, the unknown sea creature turns tourists and natives into shrimp cocktail appetizers. Once the body count rises, of course, everyone gets excited about a “shark” type creature out in the water.

The suspense builds. You are tempted to start digging through boxes and tossing out books on genetics, DNA, RNA, chromosomes, stem cells, nerve cells and dash for the nearest medical torso to look at the brain. Then, you see a flash of the “shark man.”

Whoa !

Dude !

You sit down on the sofa. If you have the movie on DVD, click the remote.

Shark Shock !

The shark man is a centaur in reverse. If you had been told a Centaur had the head of a horse and the body of a man; then, the “shark man” may not be as much of a “Shock.”

But, since the “shark man” has a shark head, partial torso, plus the arms and legs of a man; it took my eyes and mind awhile to work out this overall creature concept in my head.

Someone pick up the cell phone and call the Academy Awards judges. If the Academy did not give an “Oscar” to the creature feature people on this flick, then, the Academy need to get together and realize her is a “Unique Creature Feature Moment.”

The creature is not a hungry Mermaid.

The creature is not a harpy, mythological Siren.

The creature is not a Merman.

Whoa !

Dude !

The creature is a shark man.

The Academy’s “creature feature” people should take a look at the unique sea monster.

Applaud The Creature Creators !

Here is a totally unbelievable monster. Yet, when you look at it for a few moments, it becomes “believable.” If there is one chance in a billion that a scientist working on diseases, bacteria, viruses, or genetic abnormalities decides to try a key to make a genetic cohesion between a human gene and a shark ( – Pause, for a moment, to allow the cold shiver to shoot down your spine) the unimaginable might be born in an aquarium or a hospital.

Seriously, an Oscar needs to go to the “creature” creators in this film. They created a totally unbelievable monster that is completely believable if you consider a genetic glitch that manages to evolve against the medical odds.

Overall the film seems somewhat believable to the point, I saw the “shark man.”

Sicko Scientist’s Lame Logic “Humanizes” The Shark Man

The actor, who plays the stereotypical mad scientist does an excellent job in giving the creature a sense of humanity to the shark man. The irony, of course, is a shark is usually considered an efficient, professional, aquatic killing machine, whose sole mission in life seems to be feed and give birth to more sharks.

The mad scientist adds credibility to the shark by demonstrating that his years of research, passion and drive have really made the mad scientist a modern day Baron von Frankenstein and the creature is more human than the creator.

I could tell you the Hollywood ending for this film, but, I don’t want to ruin the ending for you.

Where Is That Remote ?

If you have this movie, in your personal movie library, then, dust off the VCR box or DVD case and put the movie in the player.

If you don’t have this move, then, find other reviews on line and if you are still interested, then, there are the Netflix and Blockbuster websites.

You might want to grab, your coat and car keys and head out to your local Safeway, Piggly Wiggly, A& P, Wal-Mart, Price-Cutter or other grocery store or a local video store to buy or rent the movie.

If you are like me, you might want to stroll past the Twizler, red licorice strips candy, Kit Kat bars, malted milk balls, candy corn and popcorn on your way to the checkout counter with the movies. Movies always make me appreciate “my sweet tooth.” Did you remember to pick up a box of Junior Mints ?

Five Star Family Creature Feature

I give this movie Five Stars because it is a great “Creature Feature.” It forces you to consider that something that seems so “unbelievable” under the right circumstances just might be “believable.” The actors and actresses in this film do an excellent job in adding to the overall story,

Alas, there are no jack o’ lanterns, scarecrows, zombies, vampires, mummies, knife wielding psychotic serial killers or other obvious October Halloween themes that you would expect for a creature feature to make your Halloween horror viewing list.

Voodoo, Hoodoo; Do You Do Halloween Horror Flicks ?

However, the island location and actions by the natives leads the viewer to think of Voodoo, Hoodoo or Santeria. And, a passing moment of an actress jostling small animal bones in her hands suggests their might be some kind of tropical “mojo” Halloween magick, which allows us to part the Veil Between The Worlds and invite you to take a front row seat in our Halloween Theater of the Macabre.

There is the Woe Is Me I Am A Rebellious Teenager” moments in the film, but, the creature’s conviction to “feed his need to feed” drowns the whole adolescent “I want to grow up to be somebody” storyline as everyone races the clock to try and find the thinking shark that is turning the island into a “Surf and Turf Platter.”




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    October 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    • Emmett,

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      November 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM

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