Cleveland is terrorized by a half-man, half-zebra mussel monster in this low-budget horror spoof. While it's likable for not taking itself too seriously, it avoids the common trap of becoming nothing but an in-joke for gorehounds.
When Detective Brighton (Shane Minor) comes across a hideously mangled body, he sees this as the case that will restore him to good standing on the force after having bungled his last assignment. The body is identified as the assistant of Professor Melvin (Dennis Keefe). Melvin is currently in
trouble with crooked Mayor Greenspan (Anthony Chrysostom) for having accepted $100,000 to develop a hair growth tonic. Some of the experimental tonic (which has failed to grow hair) spilled into a vat of mussels in the professor's lab causing them to mutate. Some of the mussels were sold by
Melvin's assistant to the owner of a bait shop, who was bitten by them and mutated into an inhuman monster (Scott Heim). The monster kills a pair of students trying to rob Melvin's laboratory and later Brighton's partner Carla (Kathy Imrie). Brighton gets some information from a mysterious beauty,
Jacky (Tracy Godard). After another murder, Melvin explains to Brighton where the monster came from and that it can only be killed with a massive dose of electricity. When Melvin is kidnapped by Greenspan's thugs, Brighton and Jacky (who turns out to be Melvin's daughter) track them to a warehouse
used by the Mayor. So does the monster, which needs more of the tonic. The monster kills Greenspan and Melvin before Brighton dispatches it with a massive dose of electricity.
Despite its setting, SHADOW CREATURE was filmed in Buffalo, New York, by local filmmakers. Neither terrifying nor hugely funny, it is nevertheless unpretentious and more enjoyable than most such low-budget horror movies. As an actor, Canadian model Shane Minor looks good with his shirt off and
little more. But Dennis Keefe is fun as the mad scientist distracted by having to grade papers, while Anthony Chrysostom overacts hugely as the apparently Jamaican mayor. A good score by David Kane's Them Jazzbeards is unfortunately underused or buried in the sound mix. Made in 1995, the film was
released to home video in 1997. (Graphic violence, sexual situations, adult situations, substance abuse, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: Cleveland is terrorized by a half-man, half-zebra mussel monster in this low-budget horror spoof. While it's likable for not taking itself too seriously, it avoids the common trap of becoming nothing but an in-joke for gorehounds. When Detective Brighton… (more)