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Frankenfish (2004)

Tory Kittles , K.D. Aubert , Mark A.Z. Dippé  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tory Kittles, K.D. Aubert, China Chow, Matthew Rauch, Donna Biscoe
  • Directors: Mark A.Z. Dippé
  • Writers: Scott Clevenger, Simon Barrett
  • Producers: Ash R. Shah, D. Scott Lumpkin, David Hillary, Tae Jung Kim, Timothy Wayne Peternel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, Korean
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W4SBI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frankenfish" on IMDb

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There is always something bloodthirsty lurking in the Louisiana Bayou. But there has never, ever, been anything like this. A pack of massive, genetically engineered flesh eating fish is combing the quiet waters of the river, searching for prey. Leaving a trail of mangled bodies along the riverbank,the creatures have local authorities scrambling to uncover what is causing the carnage and it quickly becomes clear that they are dealing with no ordinary predatorand these man-eaters far outweighany killer they have ever come up against. Scientifically bred with a deadly snake and geneticallyconditioned to breathe both under water and on land, Frankenfish can hunt wherever humans tread. And they're fast. And they're hungry.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
No, despite the title, "Frankenfish" isn't a painful-to-watch monster spoof trying achingly hard to be both cool and funny but failing miserably at both. And despite what the title might also have you thinking, it's not a $10-budgeted filmed-in-the-basement-over-the-weekend student film. It's a surpsisingly well done, at times quite fierce, and thoroughly fun, blast of monster mayhem.

Set in the deep parts of the Florida everglades, the movie involves (as opposed to a re-animated fish swimming forth from a foreboding gothic castle) Chinese Snakeheads (real fish from China, piranha-like creatures who can live for a while on land and will even attack prey on land) who've been genetically engineered by a group of wealthy big-game hunters to grow to monsterous proportions, all the better for them to track down with their machine guns and grenade launchers during the pursuit of their 'sport'. A ship carrying the cargo gets caught in a massive storm and washed up the river into the Everglades where the beasties get free just in time for lunch. And, of course, the 'Frankenfish' have turned out even more lethal than their designers intended. This movie is far from a spoof but it is a little on the campy side, a little on the tongue-in-cheek side, and it's a reminder that, occasionally, a bit of the campy elements in a horror movie don't necessarily have to be a bad thing, as long as they don't go overboard.

The main protagonists in the film aren't the rich hunters. A Florida cop and an Everglades wildlife expert are dispatched into the rivers to do some investigation into the discovery of a washed-up and eaten-up corpse, and end up at a cluster of houseboats where people live year-round in the Everglades making a living off fishing in the rich swamps and streams.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars That's a big fish! August 21, 2005
Format:DVD
I don't know what form of madness I suffer from that requires me to rent virtually every film from the "animals run amok" genre. Whatever it is, and such an illness ought to have a name, I'm currently passing through the advanced stages. I don't even bother reading a plot summary anymore when I see a DVD case with killer sharks, giant insects, or mutated monsters on the cover; I just rent the sucker immediately. It's likely--extremely, painfully likely--that the movie in question will stink. It goes without saying that the filmmakers lifted most of the plot from Spielberg's "Jaws." Doesn't matter. I'll still rent the movie in question and give it a watch. Such was the case with director Mark A.Z. Dippé's "Frankenfish." Just look at that cover! How could I resist such an alluring vision as that? If, for some reason, the cover is no longer visible, the case for "Frankenfish" shows two hapless looking people in water up to their waist in the foreground while a gigantic, ugly fish sporting lots of nasty looking teeth zooms toward them in the background. Yay! We're about to have some fun! Well, not really, but the movie isn't as bad as some in this genre.

"Frankenfish," set in the mythical land called Louisiana, begins by introducing us to a crack medical examiner named Sam Rivers (Tory Kittles) as he goes about investigating a crime scene. He quickly finds more than he bargained for when a call sends him further into the bayou to investigate a suspicious animal attack in the swamp. Teaming up with a busty scientist named Mary (China Chow), Rivers discovers with some alarm that the victim in question sports bite marks of an unknown origin. Uh oh. Obviously, an investigation needs to take place right away in order to ascertain the cause of death.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frankenfish is actually not bad February 13, 2006
Format:DVD
Well lets see I walked through the video store and was hard pressed for time.Someone was talking an isle over about this movie to his girlfriend so I listened in.At first my eyes rolled then I thought it can't be that bad.....Or could it.After I began watching the first guy getting killed I stayed to see what happens next.If you liked Pirahna then you'd like this its total Roger Cormanish.It has alot of comic book feel to it and when the fish jumps and crawls on land its actually cool.The SNAKE HEAD fish can live on land.Its not a great movie but its good enough to watch again and again.Just a little recap on the story line. The police are baffled by a dead body and call on an expert for help.What they find lurking in the water is far more what they expected to see.These fish are a result in chemical altercation to make the hunting more enjoyable.The hunters become the hunted.I loved the ending too!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy stew gone fishin' April 15, 2006
Format:DVD
This was reminiscent of the Anaconda movies, but in a way I had a better laugh and enjoyed this one more than the movie it was trying to copy. Yes this is a cheesy movie, but there's nothing wrong with a little horror flick on a rainy Saturday night as you watch it with someone who's also in a mood for a laugh.

Basically this is a fish turned ingenious monster gone bad. They look like giant carps and they fly, walk and break pretty much all the characters into gazillion pieces. The fish were mostly CG graphics but they were so big, gross and monstrous looking that I didn't mind at all. I enjoyed this as a rental but I don't see myself making this a purchase, in that manner this movie was a fun hour and a half with some blood, gore and humor thrown in.

The characters were pretty solid in their roles as they really tried to outsmart the colossus. A young Denzel Washington look alike playing the wise medical examiner along with China Chow who played a biologist get stranded at Louisiana swamps at a tiny house on the water type of a community consisting of about 6 people. They get surrounded and hunted down by the fish, and their battle was pretty entertaining to watch. They were almost as mice in a cage waiting to be eaten and we couldn't wait to see who was going to make it and who was gonna be chunky delight for Frankenfish.

Cheesy, breezy, monster animal flick. Not bad, enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good creature feature
Published 3 days ago by janet l hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hey, what smells delicious?"
I've lost track of the number of times I've watched this movie since I bought it. When I'm in the mood to watch a monster movie it's one of my first considerations. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect item.
Published 1 month ago by leonard diaz
4.0 out of 5 stars something in the bayou water does not compute...
frankenfish...oh, frankenfish where have gone...some nutty professor always messin' around with genetics and creates one hell of a killing machine for the swamp land, ya' dig!!!
Published 2 months ago by FREDERIC JILES
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie
The title of the movie did't for me ,co-inside with the film, however that did not make the movie bad. I really did enjoy the film of a fish gone bad, LOL.
Published 2 months ago by C. Velle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Gem
A 1950s theme but with the 2000 special effects. China Cow was excellent as were all the actors and actresses.
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Fish Movie!
Frankenfish is a sea monster movie that is a lot like Piranha. It's gory, fun, and has some good laughs sprinkled throughout. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Wasden
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry frankenfish
Frankenfish it is a little like Lake placid you have one montserous gatorfish who's out on the hunt for his meals
Published 5 months ago by fasteddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
We didn't think we would like this movie. Thought it would be really bad.
Well, it's great. It turned out to be one of our favorite movies.
Published 8 months ago by Richard A. Schreck
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie was tops
this was really great, nothing to dislike about the movie, everyone should see this movie if you like this type of movie.
Published 10 months ago by Terrie Davis
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