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Hydra (Unrated) (2008)

Texas Battle , George Stults , Andrew Prendergast  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Texas Battle, George Stults, Polly Shannon
  • Directors: Andrew Prendergast
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: First Look Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U4183I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hydra (Unrated)" on IMDb

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Former marine Tim Nolan has been kidnapped -- along with three ex-convicts -- and forced to participate in a deadly game. Wealthy men have paid a fortune for the opportunity to hunt down men like him in the perfect place: a deserted island. However, this is no ordinary island -- it is home to Hydra the Beast. As the hunters track down their prey, the Hydra quickly turns hunter into hunted. With the island crumbling beneath him, Nolan finds himself in a race against time to stop the beast and get off the island alive.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than expected August 26, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I originally heard of this movie in June 2008 and waited what seemed like forever to finally see it. It was not forever, but more like eleven months. Still, it had a lot of expectations to live up to and I also knew the majority of Sci-Fi Channel movies can be pretty disappointing.

So when it appeared on the UK listings, i watched it to decide if I should cancel my pre-order or not. Then i watched it again. Did i cancel my pre-order? No.

So why not? For one thing, the movie has slower, more deliberate pacing than a lot of its predecessors. The CGI is a bit better than the average Sci-Fi Channel movies too. It's not the peak of special effects quality in such movies, but, for example, in the opening scene the hydra bites a man's leg, and that shot looks more realistic than some of the biting shots in "Basilisk: the Serpent King" which actually had impressive CGI (for a low-budget movie).

In place of the usual Saturday morning cartoon human villain, we have... well, there's two human villains, neither of whom trust each other, and neither of whom have any leverage over the other leading to their scenes actually being interesting to watch. There's a couple of other minor villains (including the wife of one main villain), along with four hunters who do at least have more personality than the usual henchmen and are a bit more dangerous too.

They didn't completely do away with the redshirt henchmen found in your average Sci-Fi Channel movie, but if they had, the monster aspect of the movie wouldn't play a part until quite a while into the film.

The guy who plays Nolan does quite well; he's quite convincing as an ex-military type advising people on survival.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dumb multi-headed fun . . . August 30, 2010
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In Greek mythology, the Hydra is a multi-headed snakelike beast, with poisonous breath. Somehow this creature winds up on an island in the middle of nowhere, in Hydra (2009), an extremely silly train wreck of a monster flick, that is mostly entertaining for the wrong reasons.

Entrepreneur Vincent Camden (Alex McArthur) and his wife (Jana Williams), are the sponsors of a unique venture that involves four wealthy men, who have experienced personal tragedies. Seeking a twisted outlet for their frustrations, each man has committed to pay ten million dollars, to participate in a death hunt, involving four criminals kidnapped to serve as prey. Camden, his clients, and the imprisoned victims are aboard a large ship, when the captain (Michael Shamus Wiles) locates a suitable island to stage the event.

Tim Nolan (George Stults) and Gwen Russell (Dawn Olivieri) are among the prisoners deposited on the island. Four hunters arrive later, and the hunt begins. There is however an unexpected participant. The Hydra has already feasted on an archeological expedition, leaving Dr. Valerie Cammon (Polly Shannon) running for her life. With fresh meat on the island it isn't long before the Hydra begins to feast.

The creature is entirely a CGI creation, and though obviously fake, looks decent enough. It specializes in surrounding its victims, chomping down on heads, and ripping bodies apart. While such gore is a always a fun thing, it does become a little repetitive. Guns don't work too well, as true to myth, destroying a head causes two more to grow back. The only weapon that is effective, is an ancient sword discovered hidden in a cave. Believing the threat has been defeated, the survivors return to the ship, but there is time for one last feeding frenzy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better. June 21, 2010
Format:DVD
Warning: Spoilers in this review.

The premise of this movie was pretty good: four rich hunters paying through the nose to hunt human prey on a remote island in the middle of nowhere. Things go ary when one of the hunted turns out to be a former special forces soldier, and even more so when it turns out that there is a muti-headed monster on teh island eating everyone it encounters. It is the type of movie I'd like to see made by a big budgeted and competent crew.

Unfortunately, it was not. Even so, I was able to look beyond the poor special effects and the nearly as poor acting, as the story itself was interesting. Even the improbable, like the fact that the captain was not even a little bit curious why none of his crew would return to the ship after going ashore, was at least mildly dealt with, if unconvincingly.

What lost it for me, however, was the magic sword ending. Come on. They couldn't come up with anything better then the "Sword of Hercules" saving the day? Even Hercules himself did not use a magic sword with his mythological fight with the hydra. After he chopped off a head, he seared the wound with molten lead. They could have at least made the sword look as if it came from an ancient Greek civilization, instead of out of the middle ages.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! October 11, 2009
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Good, prompt service from Amazon yet again. And Hydra was great! I first saw this on the sci-fi channel after planning to watch it for months because of Jimmy Wlcek (who played Trent Malloy on a couple of seasons of WTR) and was pleasantly surprised to see George Stults (Kevin from 7th Heaven) in the movie as well. Yeah, the plot was rather standard and the special effects weren't any big deal, but that's part of the movie's charm. It's understated and simple, a real classic. Great movie. Go rent/buy, watch, and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hydra
If you are a big fan of monster and adventure, this is the movie for you. It had been a while since I last saw it on the Sci-Fi Channel.
Published 2 months ago by Patrick Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Monster Movie
Once again, a typical poorly acted, poorly directed monster flick, but my wife loves them. That is all I can say.
Published 16 months ago by Peter M. Hass
5.0 out of 5 stars We Love This
Yes, I would recommend this item. It arrived as advertised, on time, safely packaged, and I had no issues at all.
I would def do business with this company again. Read more
Published 19 months ago by NetByte
4.0 out of 5 stars Crappy Fun
This is a low budget film, and it shows. Terrible CGI, atrocious acting, and flimsy plot line. This is, however, a very fun movie to watch with a bunch of friend, simply to laugh... Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Stoney Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars hydra
this movie is a good movie and
it has gore,creature violence,
action,terror.and most of all
a happy ending.so do more good
reviews.
Published on April 17, 2012 by Tammy N. Zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars Hydra!!!
Let me start off by saying... Lady you put ur hand down in the lava and pull the sword out, lol! That had to be the funniest part of the movie, when she is standing right there and... Read more
Published on October 19, 2011 by A. Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting clients killed is bad for business.
And yet another movie based on the often filmed short story by Richard Connell: The Most Dangerous Game. The "twist" this time is that the people being hunted somehow deserved it. Read more
Published on September 18, 2011 by Einsatz
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange Movie
It's a movie where the producer didn't know what type of film to make so he incorporated all of them. I liked it but I am one of the few people that enjoy strange movies. Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by SolarJoy
1.0 out of 5 stars What An Awful Movie....
What can I say? There's no excuse for movies THIS bad. It's like watching an episode of Hercules with Kevin Sorbo, only this REALLY SUUUUCKS. Read more
Published on March 10, 2011 by Nathan T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Now that is one hungry monster!
I just watched Hydra and I have to say that for a B production movie this is very good, it certainly is much better than I expected. Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by Anja Rebekka Schultze
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