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There's not much more to relay about the plot. Cain, a wreck over the disappearance of his wife, holds tight reign over his teenage daughter. Their relationship seems sweet enough until the plot demands her to be rebellious--kicking it with the new boy and hanging out with loose girls who like to expose their chests. The first thirty minutes of the film plays almost like a teen slasher film what with all that nubile frolicking. The picture reaches the height of ridiculous hilarity when one of the young girls is taken by the beast (from her second story bedroom window). The seven remaining teens head out into the isolated woods to camp out overnight. A brilliant plan, to be sure, made even more delightful by what actually happens!Read more ›
Dean Cain plays a former FBI profiler with issues: he has a missing wife. He's now a sheriff in a backwoods town where people suddenly go missing. In a town that small, you'd think they'd notice when anyone goes missing but several slip their notice anyway. The main suspect is a monster with suspicious DNA. Late in the game, the sheriff worries that he might be the monster on the loose....or just a guy with a really bad temper?
The so-called monster isn't filmed to great effect. They poorly utilize some camera gimmicks to cover the design of the monster. Yes, there's nudity and several instances of interrupted sex. There's a kid posse at one point, out to bag the monster (they get a grizzly instead). The editing was sloppy, giving this movie an amateur feel. It was filmed in 2008 but they just now got around to releasing it on DVD (I don't believe there was a theatrical release). It's not terrible but it's not all that good either. It's okay to watch once. I'm definitely not keeping it to watch again.
Would I watch again? - Nope.
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Be warned though- there's a lot of nudity and the sexual scenes are more revealing than in other films of the same genre. You will see sexual positions that are more realistic and, in my opinion at least, more unacceptable than in other horror movies.
The actual monster doing the killings is... well, exactly *who* is turning into a monster, roaming the woods late at night and eating fresh flesh is a mystery that I won't reveal. It's one of the characters though, but I'm not saying which one. The way the monster murders his victims is more violent than in several other horror films I could name- in some instance he graphically rips at a womans body and tears her beautiful flesh completely off, showing blood dripping down her face as she screams and struggles to survive. The film makers did a wonderful job in the graphics department.
I admit the storyline is pretty mediocre. There's just way too much pointlessness involving the father, his daughter, the teenagers having constant conversations involving typical stuff pertaining to their age group, and even the cops rattle their jaws one too many times. However, because of the fair amount of suspense and of course the presence of the monsters themselves, I will rate Maneater fairly high.
Just be warned- there's a LOT of movies with the same exact title that are *nothing* like this. Don't accidentally pick up a romantic comedy now, you hear!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good suspenseful plot, the identification of the creature went on until the end. The creature looked a little hokey, though.Published 15 months ago by David Bonecutter
If it had not been for the irritating behavior of Dean Cain's sheriff in regards to his daughter I might have given this an additional star, but I
felt that it was over done... Read more
Terrific Movie! Great acting & actors.
Special effects were very impressive.
Very surprising ending. Kept you on the edge of your seat.
DVD is of very poor quality. Many scenes are too dark to view in spite of my new flatscreen and DVD playerPublished on January 21, 2013 by Michael White
The story line was hard to take serisouly and the monster looked silly. I can rent a monster costume that looked better than what the guy was wearing in this movie. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by leep
I gotta say I'm not a big fan of Dean Cain, I don't know why, I've just always thought he was mediocre at best. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Kindle Customer
Why do distributors constantly get the aspect ratio wrong when they release DVDs? I recorded this movie off cable TV, where it was broadcast in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by DVD Expert
MANEATER is a movie that could've been better---but it's basically just another low budget horror flick. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by Michael Butts
Great to watch with some nice surprises. Makes you wonder why Dean Cain hasn't done more as he's very capable of carrying a film as a leading man. Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by AB