Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Vanessa Angel, Justin Carroll, Jenna Gering, Phillip Glasser, Josh Holloway
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror
No Description Available. Genre: Horror Rating: R Release Date: 13-MAY-2003 Media Type: DVD
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What Did You Expect?
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 01/24/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've been watching SciFi original pics religiously for a couple of years now. I've seen "Sabertooth" three times. Many of the reviewers of this movie would probably choke to death if they watched this flick more than once. The fact is, SciFi makes some pretty shoddy flicks. Most of them aren't very tolerable, but every once in awhile, a film like "Sabertooth" comes along with some reasonably solid actors and a stiff plot that manages to hold my attention long enough to see the end credits roll.
When watching a SciFi original movie like "Sabertooth," you have to understand three things: a) The budget for this flick is somewhere near the monthly take-home earnings of a fry cook at a fast-food joint b) The "stars" of the film are usually good actors who've never been in the spotlight but are recognizable and, finally, c)The plot, acting, special effects, music, etc., will be bad, really bad.
With those things understood, you'll see that "Sabertooth" is just a tad sharper than most SciFi productions. The primary cast is excellent(David Keith, John Rhys-Davies, and Vanessa Angel). Keith has been in a number of really good films, but he's never been a major star in Hollywood. Rhys-Davies seems to relish cheesy sci-fi, because he's been in a number of SciFi productions, including the upcoming "Chupacabra" flick due on the SciFi channel very soon. He's also played key roles in the "Indiana Jones" flicks and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Angel is probably the least known of the bunch, unless you happened to watch the TV series "Weird Science." The rest of the cast is tolerable, though the kid playing Leon seemed a little bit too gung-ho about playing GI Joe in the woods. "I told him to take my knife!" is one of his better lines.
The music doesn't play much of a role in this flick. It does attempt to scare up a little suspense at moments, but the cheese-factor outweighs the music in this production. The cheese comes into effect when the sabertooth pops up on the screen. He looks fake in CGI and in animatronic form. As a matter of fact, Diego from "Ice Age" would have probably looked more realistic in this film than the big cat that they used. He isn't scary at all.
But, when comparing "Sabertooth" to other current SciFi heaping helpings like "Frankenfish," "Larva," and "Marabunta," you quickly see that it is one of the better movies on the channel. The story is pretty neat, though not original, and it is a pretty good way to pass a lazy afternoon. It isn't the best "B" movie around, but it suffices.
Recommended to fans of really cheesy "B" flicks with some decent action. If you liked "Frankenfish," you'll probably like this one. Fans of movies like "Anaconda" will probably enjoy this one, too. If you expect your sci-fi to be some sort of sweeping epic with great effects and breathtaking battles on strange worlds, pass this one up and settle on something reliable like "The Lord of the Rings-Return of the King.""
Tom Servo | Satelite of Love | 01/16/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"To predictable and to utterly stupid to get any higher, but still it wouldn't make the top 100 worst movies ever made. It is very bad, and you already know the plot. A beast of some sort terrorizes and kills a few people, and team set's out to investigate what did the killings, they meet the beast, they run around and scream for 45 minutes and magically defeat the beast at the end, and everyone lives happily ever after. Typical monster movie schlock. I suggest seeing something else, cuz I can't really find any redeeming qualities about this reched movie!"
Cheesy Horror Fun...
SereneNight | California, USA | 06/23/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"When a greedy scientist and his sexy henchwoman decide to create a genetically enhanced Sabretooth, it (of course), gets loose and wreaks havoc on a group of unsuspecting campers. The inevitable happens- campy carnage, and a struggle for survival between the good guys and the bad guys, with the usual high body count.
The Sabretooth tiger was super cheesy. Mostly computer generated. I do think the CGI artists took some liberties with the sabre. It wouldn't be well adapted for hunting man. It was an ambush predator which couldn't run long distances (just look at its hindlegs), and was meant to crouch in tall bushes and gut the prey from underneath or deliver a piercing blow and wait for death. It would be quite awkward to sabre a standing person because of the angle the cat would have to hold its head. Besides the teeth are actually quite brittle and not intended to suffer extensive side-to-side movement. Most of the attack in Sabretooth were like that of a bear or lion(hands/paws ripping throgh the door), dragging prey off into the bushes etc. Riddle me how it can do that with big brittle teeth? Its too bad the screenwriter took no opportunity to educate viewers about the animal rather than to just do the obvious and make it similar to just any other large fantasy beast.
1 star. Fun, friday night entertainment, but not rocket science or anywhere close. Much improved by Josh Holloway. Yum."
LITTLE BIT LONG IN THE TOOTH
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 02/26/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"SABERTOOTH joins the countless direct to video shockers that would have been better with a bigger budget and a more talented cast.
David Keith, fresh from his non-acting role in DEEP SHOCK, plays an Indiana Jones ripoff great tracker, who delivers his lines as if he were on Ex-lax, and afraid the motion may motivate? Vanessa Angel should probably take Acting 101 to remember the basics; John Rhys Davies should just be ashamed at himself, and Josh Halloway looks good in tee-shirts, and tries to maintain a sense of character.
The effects on this go from bad to horrendous, but even then, credit is given that the film does have some suspenseful shocking sequences.
Not a real howler, nor a real horror, this movie is one you could rent, but don't buy."