This film was the first in the on going series of films called the "Maneater" series and while it is far from a classic it is not as bad as some say. In fact when compared to other films that debut on The SyFy channel this is some what good. I have to admit that am I not only a fan of the series but a fan of bad B movies so this series is right up my alley. Will I lie and say this is the best movie ever, no, and in fact it is not even the best in the series. I feel the best thus far from the ones I have seen is "Eye of the Beast" but you will have to read that review to find out about it.
The story is all about a group of young students I believe that are studying in a field related to nature I suppose, why else would they be there. Any way they are brought there by a crazy Professor who may or may not know about the deadly creatures that lay in wake for them. There is the typical male role who is the jock type that thinks he is the man, a chick with a camera to document it all, a "geek" as society would label him and your average bunch of college kids. Add in the crazy professor and is fine but mean assistant and you have the characters in this movie. As they make their way through the jungle and pass obstacle after obstacle in comes the Blood Monkeys or apes or gorillas or what ever.
This movie is far from perfect because other than F. Murray Abraham no one in this film is a fine thespian it would seem. Abraham is really the only one that is actually good in this because the others are either plain bad or just uh, which means forgettable or just there for body count. Well the guy who was making it at the end was ok as was the "geek" guy but that was it. George LaVoo and Gary Dauberman really need to work on the script because while the intentions were obviously good since it is entertaining at times it was just a bad rip off of "Congo". Robert Young is the director of this and while it is like I said not the best film ever at least it moves along and has some interesting moments in it.
With that said in the last line one of the best moments on this movie is when the monkeys or apes or gorillas or whatever mark their territory or should I say their prey when they let loose with the juice all over the tents that the group are sleeping in. they think it is just rain which makes it even better and a part involving a foot is really the only legit tense moment in the film. Also there are a few funny parts as far as dialogue and a moment when they come down a cliff is pretty good. The thing that is best about this film though is the beautiful setting in the jungle which for a low budget flick is marvelous. I think they actually filmed this in Thailand from what I have read, it shows trust me.
Like I said this movie is far from the worst movie ever but at the same time it is not very memorable other than the marking scene. Would I recommend this movie to who ever is reading this, well that depends. I think every one should ultimately judge a film for themselves so in the way maybe you should check it out but to be honest you could skip it. If you like bad B movies and things like nature run muck flicks then this may be for you, maybe.
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