Creature (1998) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Stuart Gillard
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Kim Cattrall, Colm Feore
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Olive Films
When a top-secret government project — a creature that’s a hybrid of a human being and shark — breaks free of its environment and eventually finds its way into the sea, no one is safe. Wreaking havoc and terror on a small coastal community, its falls to marine biologist Dr. Chase (Craig T. Nelson, TV’s “Coach”) and Dr. Macy (Kim Cattrall, TV’s “Sex and The City”) to pursue, capture or kill the creature. Peter Benchley’s Creature, a terrifying and gripping tale of science gone wrong, features supporting performances by Colm Feore (Thor), Giancarlo Esposito (Do The Right Thing) and Michael Michele (How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and a cameo by author Peter Benchley (“Jaws,” “The Deep,” “The Island”).
Creature was given to the world in 1998 and was a two night TV mini-series. Looking at it now, you would have thought it was a SyFy movie, but in 1998 SyFy was Sci-Fi and instead of awful creature movies, they actually had science fiction stuff. No, this Creature movie was actually on one of the big three networks for two night back in the late 90s and if you couldn’t tell from the start that it was a two night event, the dragging of the plot would let you figure that out. I actually think they could have made a somewhat dull two night event into a rather watchable one night campy movie had they wanted to, but there are some things to be happy about when you watch Creature. For starters, being in the late 90s, the awful CGI hadn’t made its way into every made for TV creature feature yet. Maybe there isn’t gore and people being taken apart at every moment, but you at least don’t have to see a mutated shark that looks like a video game graphic always running across the screen either. So while some could call this as a whole “bad”, it at least does enough to avoid being terrible! That is a win in the book of Chuck Conry, reviewer for Zombies DONT Run!
I’m not sure you could say they bring their A-Game to the film, but Craig T. Nelson and Kim Cattrall, the “names” of this movie, do seem to at least be having fun at times. I get the idea that Nelson might be having more fun than most, but this could have very well been his last role to which he was THE star, so I’m sure he was enjoying it while he could. Since this and until the recent news of Coach coming back, what has he done? Along the way the movie does at times try to bring on a bit of a Frankenstein vibe. We are introduced to characters that we really want to see eat by this thing, and we are very pleased when it happens. If anything, I think it could have used more people being eaten more often. Also, it could have done without the dragging, which brings it down. Sometimes movies can make that work, but this wasn’t one of them overall. Creature might be the rightful Godfather to all those creature movies you see on channels like SyFy now, but it also shows that being first doesn’t always mean better.
Quality of Transfer: 96%
Screenshots from Blu-ray.com