DVD Review: THE JURASSIC DEAD

THE JURASSIC DEAD was directed by Milko Davis from a screenplay by Michele Pacitto and stars Matt Block, Wes Clark, Julie Crisante, Nicole Goeke, Mia Klosterman, Ben Johnson, Cooper Elliott and Andy Haman.

A unit of mercenaries must team up with a group of tech-geek students after American is struck with an EMP attack. Deep in the desert, they find the source of the terror, a mad scientist who has also just created a living dead T-Rex dinosaur, one who turns everyone it attacks into a zombie. Now they must scramble to stay alive and save the planet from the ultimate undead predator.

The Jurassic Dead follows an elite group of commandos and a group of high school students who end up in the middle of nowheresville inside this bunker that happens to be occupied by a mad scientist. Now, the opening scene sets everything up with this mad scientist and his sinister intentions that include bringing the dead back to life. It’s kind of like Re-Animator and Frankenstein but with dinosaurs and a giant asteroid thrown in for a little extra apocalyptic chaos.

Anyway, these two groups of bad attitudes and miserable personalities meet and end up fighting for their lives against the mad scientist and his monstrous creation – the Z-Rex. The undead dino slowly makes its rounds and takes out its victims one chomp at a time until there’s just a few survivors left. You also have to remember that the Z-Rex is actually a zombie so if it doesn’t completely devour its victims, they’re infected and come back from the dead, too. The ending also teases that there’s more to this story and some unfinished business so it looks like we’ll see the Z-Rex and survivors return.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Jurassic Dead is nothing more than a low budget cheesefest but it also ended up being kind of a fun watch. Kind of! Having been in and around indie film for years now, I completely understand that there’s not a lot of money when it comes to movies like this so you have to look for the good things they have to offer. The concept here was original and interesting but the cast did drag it down some because some of the acting was really bad. The good parts were the Z-Rex and the effects that were used to bring this creature to life. Now, it’s not on par with Jurassic World but the combination of practical and visual effects looked pretty good. I give the filmmakers kudos for coming up with the whole Z-Rex concept! There’s also a fun fight between the Duke Nukem looking character and the undead dino that is something to be witnessed. Anyway, it is what it is and I think it’s good enough for a one time watch. The Jurassic Dead is now available on DVD.

Distributor: Wild Eye Releasing

Run Time: 85 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features:

  • Trailers
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