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Roadkill: Maneater Series (2011)

Kacey Barnfield , Diarmuid Noyes , Johannes Roberts  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kacey Barnfield, Diarmuid Noyes, Eliza Bennett, Stephen Rea
  • Directors: Johannes Roberts
  • Writers: Rick Suvalle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RHI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kate and her brother Joel have gathered their five best friends for a scenic RV road trip to their high-school reunion. But their cross-country adventure is about to take an unexpected turn for the worse when an ancient curse takes wing by way of a massive creature. It's called the Simuroc, and this gigantic bird of prey has found the perfect, helpless quarry in Kate and company. Stranded in the backwoods of the predator s territory, there s little chance for escape.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Sometimes, for good or bad, a movie is pretty much exactly what it aspires to be. Well, with this production showcased first on the SyFy network, what you expect is what the film delivers. So, if you're of a mind to see a large prehistoric looking bird devour a whole lot of people, "Roadkill" should satisfy your craving. Neither as original as you might hope or as inept as many SyFy collaborations, this can serve as relatively well done, but mindless, entertainment. A word of warning, however, for those intrigued to see the great Stephen Rea in the credits--the Oscar nominated actor plays a small role so unremarkable, anyone could have done it. Flying creatures are by no means unique to the lexicon of horror movies. Here, the creature effects are surprisingly nice and the attacks are pleasantly suspenseful. The cast is game and the action sequences are done with expertise. So, if you like this sort of thing, this is a solid entry into the flying bird monster mythology.

Where the film suffers is in plotting and its overly familiar elements. A typical pack of youthful character types is taking an RV sojourn across Ireland. Of course, they happen upon a band of Gypsies hiding a dangerous secret about an ancient curse. The gypsies are the equivalent of any backwoods psychos that you might see in any (and every) horror film. Cackling maniacally while being aggressively suggestive, the kids become defiant which leads to irreparable tragedy. Hey, but what about that curse and a mysterious amulet taken from the gypsies? Think it can have anything to do with an enormous carnivorous bird? Let's just say that our unsuspecting kids will see both the gypsies and the winged monster many more times before the film concludes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Wuchak
Released to tv in April, 2011, and on dvd August 30th, "Roadkill" is yet another creature-on-the-loose flick from Syfy. This time it's a giant bird-of-prey, the mythical Roc, preying upon a bunch of youths touring rural Ireland in an RV, picking 'em off one by one.

With Syfy you never know what you're going to get. For every "Sasquatch Mountain" and "From Within" there's a "Mega Cleavage Vs. Gatorade." With a title like "Roadkill" the prognosis wasn't very good, but "Roadkill" surprised me.

The movie combines elements of several films: "Jeepers Creepers 2 (Special Edition)" (flying creature attacking a bus full of youths) and countless other flying creature flicks like "Carny: Maneater Series" and "Wyvern: Maneater Series," as well as films like "Wrong Turn" and "Dying Breed" (malevolent hicks in remote areas). It also has a subplot about an old gypsy curse, which is reminiscent of "Drag Me to Hell (Unrated Director's Cut)." If you like these types of films "Roadkill" is as good or better.

What makes it "as good or better"?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dread Central Review June 11, 2011
By Jango
Even the most casual genre viewer knows anytime a group of young people hit the byways for a road trip, it's going to end badly. And if the trip happens to be on the rural roads of a foreign land, you might as well pack body bags along with the beer, condoms and pot.

While the premise of the road trip gone horribly wrong is indeed an overused genre trope, fans shouldn't let that stop them from checking out the Syfy Original Movie Roadkill, which airs this Saturday, April 23, 2011.

Directed by Johannes Roberts and written by Rick Suvalle, this incarnation of the road trip to hell introduces us to five young Americans who decide to hit the back roads of Ireland for a scenic weekend. They haven't seen one another in a while, one of their clan has relocated to Dublin for career purposes, and the group sees it as a chance to reconnect before the grind of adult life begins in earnest. It may also provide an opportunity for estranged lovers to reunite.

They hit the road in a rented RV and take in the picturesque Irish countryside as planned, but it's not long before things take a dark turn when they cross paths with a community of backwoods gypsies. Cultures clash as they always do in these paradigms, and during a hasty getaway the group runs over an old woman with their RV. When they try to help, she uses her last dying breath to place a curse on the shell-shocked clan, telling them the "Simuroc" will avenge her and kill them one by one.

Rather than suffer the wrath of the locals who will descend upon them long before authorities can arrive, the group opts to flee the scene, having no clue as to the cycle of events which has now been set in motion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Look up and Look out!
"Roadkill" blends two exploitation genre types: the evil backwater (inbred?) family who'd just as soon eat you as take your money and the flying mythological god-monster... Read more
Published 1 month ago by THowerton
3.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just Roadkill
Wow! Another SY-FY channel movie has found it's way to my film library. Part of the MANEATER COLLECTION SY-FY has created for broadcasting and transferred to DVD for our continous... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Larry G. Boyle
3.0 out of 5 stars "Dude!"
The oddest thing about this movie is how a mythical Middle Eastern creature ended up in Ireland. Off on vacation, liked the place, and decided to stay? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Einsatz
3.0 out of 5 stars Monster good, people awful.
I liked the monster and the effects were fairly good, but I didn't really care about anybody in the movie. If they all got eaten, it didn't matter to me.
Published 16 months ago by Big Al
5.0 out of 5 stars road kill: maneater series
I just love all of the maneater series films they are truly classics in my book they are very well made to me
Published 18 months ago by stoneyloc
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazed Celts Kill
Delived as promised - A movie about stupid teens and crazed psychos with a giant buzzard. What's not to like?
Published 23 months ago by chris
2.0 out of 5 stars ok.but acting a little stale
boring movie, acting is stale and slow, cgi special effects is blind and basic. only watch once. then never watch again
Published 23 months ago by Fleet Admiral
1.0 out of 5 stars Same Cover Art
This movie has the same DVD cover and art as this one. WTF. Abesentia. Read more
Published on September 8, 2012 by Brandon
4.0 out of 5 stars Roadkill
After so many decades of movies about the dangers of Americans traveling in foreign countries, it's a wonder we still go anywhere outside our own borders. Read more
Published on August 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Speechless...Not in a good way.
Ok this movie is weird. The gore was intense but it looked cheesy. A giant bird picking up people because they weren't protected by a necklace. It was just strange.
Published on December 16, 2011 by MsChocobo
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