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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.
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 ›
felt that it was over done and distracted from the story. A Wendigo story with several people being mysteriously killed by the shape shifter until it is eventually killed. Standard fare, but it would have been better without the overkill behavior they had Dean Cain exhibiting about his daughter. It felt more like sexual obsession than a father worrying about his daughter.
Dean Cain plays the sheriff, a former criminal profiler, carrying the burden of a disappeared wife and a sexually awakening 17 year old daughter...and he's having violent dreams involving an apparent serial killer.
The script tries to make Cain a potential suspect as well as an overly protective father.
The creature effects are pretty cheesy as evidenced in the chaotic jerky camerawork which doesn't give us a clear image of the monster, just his glowing eyes. The Wendigo's identity is somewhat a surprise. There's plenty of boob shots and poorly filmed gore. Cain's performance doesn't help---he's in some kind of stuporous vacuum during the movie, appearing to be earning his salary, but nothing more. The rest of the lesser-known cast is merely adequate.
MANEATER was filmed in 2008 and sat on the shelf until this DVD release. It's moderately entertaining for real horror maniacs but not a highly recommended entry.
This is a basic 80's style horror film, a little humor, a little teen sex, a bad looking monster, and three minimum nude scenes. 3 1/2 stars
Guide: F-word, sex, nudity (Nikki Moore, Allison Kyler, Mercy Malick)
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Dean Cain is an underrated Actor with much talent ; this movie is good...effective suspensePublished 5 months ago by Jack V. Carlisle
Good suspenseful plot, the identification of the creature went on until the end. The creature looked a little hokey, though.Published 20 months ago by David Bonecutter
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
I mostly like Maneater because the actual killings are *exceptionally* violent. Of course, there's a fair share of pointless drama involving the father and daughter pertaining to... Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by Bryan
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