Surprise! A Horror Movie Called Creature Is in Wide Release Today
Betcha you thought this weekend's only new game was the (excellent) MMA drama, the porn comedy, and that one coughing movie! Think again: An independent horror movie called Creature has snuck into the opening weekend line-up to compete for your ticket dollars in 1,500 theaters across the country. Pray tell, what is this Creature all about?
The synopsis, which sounds vaguely like The Creature from the Black Lagoon, except not really:
An ex-Navy seal, Niles (Mehcad Brooks, True Blood), his girlfriend Emily (Serinda Swan, Tron) and their friends head out on a road trip to New Orleans. When the group decides to stop at a roadside convenience store owned by Chopper (Sid Haig, Devils Rejects) they are introduced to the legend of Lockjaw, a Creature who is part man, part alligator...The Legend has it that an inbred local man by the name of Grimley (Daniel Bernhardt, The Matrix: Reloaded), lost his family to a monstrous white alligator, and because of the devastating loss of his family was driven to madness and was transformed into the Creature. Their curiosity peaked, the group decides to head deeper into the swamps to check out the birthplace of this Creature legend. As they journey further into the backwoods the group arrives at an old dilapidated cabin and decide to camp there for the night and inadvertently unleash the Creature who terrorizes the group.
Creature is produced by famed film exec Sid Sheinberg, who, during his tenure at Universal Pictures, oversaw such classics as Jaws, E.T., and Jurassic Park with discovery Steven Spielberg. (He also famously butted heads with Terry Gilliam over Brazil.) Following that fruitful period he started The Bubble Factory/Bubble Distribution with sons Bill and Jonathan Sheinberg, releasing films like Flipper, The Pest, and McHale's Navy. Creature is their first release in four years, following 2007's Made in Brooklyn.
Watch the trailer for Creature:
Yep, looks like an indie horror movie. Which is why it's all the more curious (and impressive, really) that Creature is debuting in wide release this weekend. A call into Bubble Distribution was not returned, but stay tuned as Creature battles it out with the big boys and girls this weekend...