Short Review: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid

June 29, 2011

One has to wonder if anybody can tackle the “Creature Feature” subgenre with as much finesse as the Syfy Channel folks. Release after release, giant CGI animal after giant CGI animal, the various people behind Syfy Original Movies fill a niche that no one else dare attempt. With Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Syfy takes TV-cinema to a new high (or low depending on perspective) by having Tiffany and Debbie Gibson represent maneating alligators and pythons, respectively.

As the story goes, officer Terry O’Hara (Tiffany) of the Florida Everglades presides over a dwindling alligator population, as the alligators are eaten by giant pythons. To combat the problem, Terry feeds the remaining alligators steroids to put them on top of the food chain again. Dr. Nikki Riley (Debbie Gibson), an “environmentalist” rises to defend the pythons, and per the usual, chaos ensues. Contrary to the usual, however, is Tiffany and Debbie Gibson at war with each other alongside giant reptiles, with environmental scientist Dr. Diego Ortiz (A Martinez) caught somewhere in the middle.

One doesn’t need to be a film expert to comprehend how terrible Mega Python vs. Gatoroid really is, however, that isn’t the point. No reasonable producer would pick up a script like the one for this film, but the Syfy channel is home to producers, directors, writers, and actors prepared to keep Creature Features alive no matter how crazy. To live and die by giant CGI maneating animals, I say –

Viva Syfy.

So my advice? See this flick if you’re a Creature Fan, absolutely. Alternatively, no matter who you are, if you want to have a good time some Saturday night, I imagine this is a fun one to watch drunk. And nevertheless, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid is available for streaming on Netflix, so this lacks financial regret if you have a Netflix account. :-)

Hat tip to Naomi Selfman for writing Mega Python vs, Gatoroid and Mary Lambert for signing on as its director.

(Also, the pairing of Tiffany to alligators and Debbie Gibson to pythons is genius.)

Update: Here are YouTube links to two singles, Serpentine by Tiffany, and Snake Charmer by Debbie Gibson, each written and recorded for use in this film. Check ’em out.

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