Director: Mark Polonia
Cast: Danielle Donahue, Jeff Kirkendall, Bob Dennis
Production Company: Polonia Brothers Entertainment
Runtime: 87 minutes
Looking for a modern throwback to cheesy monsters movies of old? Jurassic Prey (2015) might just be the itch you need to scratch. Director Mark Polonia is no stranger to creature features. He also directed Feeders (1996), Bigfoot Vs. Zombies (2016), and Sharkenstein (2016).
In the movie, a group of inept thieves escape to an isolated cabin after robbing a bank. They bring a female hostage with them, who also happens to be a criminal. They are pitifully unaware that blasting at a nearby work site has unleashed a prehistoric dinosaur hungry for human flesh.
Jackie (Danielle Donahue) is a thief as well as a victim in the film. When things start to go bad for her, I couldn’t help but think of the plight of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). Two very different roles, but with the same starting point.
Polonia merges crime dramas and classic monster movies in his film, which has been done many times in the past. In fact, Polonia sites The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956), Beast from Haunted Cave (1959) and The Valley of Gwangi (1969) as sources of inspiration.
Some of Polonia’s other films seem loosely connected to this one. Razorteeth (2005) is mentioned by the characters, and Saurians (1994) has a similar explanation for the rise of dinosaurs in modern times. Many of the actors in this film are also in a lot of Polonia’s other movies.
The prehistoric monster in Jurrasic Prey is a mix of whimsical puppetry and a little stop motion animation. The creature reminds me a lot of the cornball monsters that freely roamed across drive-in screens throughout the 1950s. It was a better time…
Most of the deaths in the movie occur off-screen, and consist mainly of squirting blood that was added in post-production. There’s a headless corpse (or two) and a bunch of severed body parts that bring the gore quotient up to an appropriate level.
This film was originally entitled Meateaters, and that title can still be seen in the end credits. If nothing else, this movie has made me very curious to see more films by Mark Polonia and his crew. Careful, or you too may fall prey to Polonia’s spell…
– John Migliore
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