Pinata: Survival Island
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A group of college fraternity and sorority kids show up for an island adventure, the annual Cinco de Mayo treasure hunt. The testosterone runs high and the scheming is down and dirty to collect the most underwear before crossing the finish line. The fun and games soon turn into a contest of survival when two of the co-eds smash an ancient piñata, reviving the demon spirits within. Suddenly the drunken and sexy exploits become hide-from-the-creep. Only something this evil could tear such good friends apart!
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Director : Hillenbrand, Scott
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 25 minutes
- Release date : February 4, 2003
- Actors : Brendon, Nicholas, Byrd, Eugene, DiFiglia, Tressa, Duplaix, Daphne, Egan, Aeryk
- Studio : Alchemy / Millennium
- ASIN : B00007ELD9
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #82,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Somewhere along the way the filmmakers realized that a guy in a rubber suit wasn't quite scary enough so they turned the movie over to some CGI experts to doctor. The results are mixed because the CGI effects are only used part of the time, the rest of the time it looks like a guy in a rubber suit.
While watching this hodgepodge of lunacy I did form a begrudging fondness for it, enough so that I feel the need to keep it to watch again someday. (It's barely adequate as a horror flick, but I like it anyway.)
The quality is really good. There's a good extra that shows how they made the creature. The monster was played by a midget in a monster suit at first, but then the creature was changed and enhanced with CGI.
After a jump cut to May 5, 2001 (Cinco de Mayo) we find a group of semi-attractive non-actors on an island. This is a college outing, but surprisingly features little skin, perhaps proving that ancient Aztec gods and bikinis don't mix. At any rate the group is broken into couples who are handcuffed together and are sent on what amounts to a scavenger hunt on the island for pre-positioned underwear. As if this could get any stupider, one couple immediately locates the demonic pinata, and, logically, breaks it open with a rock.
The demon turns out to look like a half pig-half terrifying devil monkey creature if it was rendered by a sock puppet. It is the worst single piece of CGI animation I have ever seen in my life, and if this doesn't make you involuntarily roll your eyes, you are not paying attention. The CGI devil pig thing sees with some kind of infrared vision that not only rips off "Predator" directly, but also reminded me of "Land of the Lost" when Enik was in the pyramid. Throughout the film there are bad and pointless flashbacks to earlier scenes, some of which are mere seconds old (in case you forgot), and the whole thing comes to a mystifying conclusion that is a cross between the end of "Ghostbusters" and a weaker episode of "Mod Squad."
In all truth, I can't think of a single good thing to say about this film, so I think I will conclude by strongly advising anyone against watching this movie for any reason. It is not scary, it is not funny, it is not campy, and it is not worth your time. It would, however, make an excellent Christmas gift for a bad movie aficionado who truly believes that they can watch and find some type of perverse joy in any film, no matter how poorly crafted. I bet they can't.
How many movies can they make about college kids on an island, being chased and mutilated by monsters and goblins?! PLEASE be sure that you get separated from the group, so that the monster can single you out and kill you!
Haven't we all seen enough of these that we might actually believe the girl who has the initial encounter when she comes back totally terrified and tells us what happened? At least check it out!! THEN GET THE HECK OFF THE ISLAND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE!!!