Sometimes I miss having the Syfy channel. I used to love binge watching all of the movies that they would air over the weekends. Of course, since I don’t have cable, I have to wait until the movies come out on DVD so I can get them. Luckily, they tend to be cheap so I can usually get a bunch of them for a couple of bucks. Today’s movie, Eye Of The Beast, is another from the Maneater Series of films, so one killer animal coming up.
The plot: Dan Leland is a scientist that has been sent to a small Canadian town to do research into why the fishing has declined in the area. At the same time, a number of strange deaths have occurred around the lake, and some people are blaming them on the “lake monster”. As racial tensions rise between the townsfolk and the local Indian tribe, one of the local fishermen is attacked by a giant squid, but manages to cut off one of it’s tentacles and get away. Now the townsfolk and tribe members must work together and help Dan capture or kill the beast before it decimates the town.
Awww. Look at James Van Der Beek trying to be someone other than Dawson. I think they were trying to get some sort of name recognition to help boast the audience for this film. I don’t think it helped much but you never know. Anyways, this was a decent movie to watch although a bit unoriginal. To be honest, I thought it seemed like a cheap knock off of Peter Benchley’s The Beast. Now for low budget movie, the effects were pretty decent as far as the squid was concerned. But the dialogue and the plot itself were very weak. I feel bad for James Van Der Beek because this was an attempt to play a different role than he normally played, but it still seemed like it was Dawson trying to be a scientist and get the girl.
So it is a decent movie but don’t expect an award winning performance out of this film.
Rating: 2 out of 5