Raptor Ranch is sci-fi, horror flick with all the trappings of a juicy, action-adventure movie with comic relief thrown in. They’re not just raising cattle in Texas. They’re raising 70 million years of prehistoric terror. Move over Jurassic Park; here’s come Raptor Ranch! Yee-Haw!
Plot Keywords: creature-feature / mad-scientist / spoof / raptor / dinosaur
Taglines: They Are Very Very Hungry
Certificate: Germany:18 | Norway:15 (VOD) | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:15 (video)
Cast: Jana Mashonee , Lorenzo Lamas , Cole Brown , Donny Boaz , Cody Vaughan , Alexandra Hulme , Kim Matula , Rowdy Arroyo , Marcus M. Mauldin , Declan Joyce , Carrie Newell , Jack Gould , Ines Brigman , Al Burke , Kyle Little , Tooraj Ban , Glen Barry , Dan Bishop , David Bowman , Aaron Butler , Charlene Gleeson , Jared Saunders , Billy Sawilchik
Company: Nu Imagination
Country: Russia , United States
Released Date: Mar 2013 (Israel)
Film Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Runtime: 90 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1) | Dolby Digital
Color: Color (35 mm version)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
unbrokenmetal » 'Raptor Ranch' (audaciously retitled 'Jurassic Dark' with a D in my country) tells us about the waitress Abbi (Jana Mashonee). She has a really bad day: she is stuck in a boring countryside town, her car breaks down, her boss is really mean to her, and everybody she meets is an idiot. However the worst is yet to come when a bunch of dinosaurs escapes from a farm nearby – how they were bred there, we never really find out. Anyway, there is a lot of screaming, running, killing, more running. Two FBI agents (Declan Joyce and the only star Lorenzo Lamas in a rather small part) look for clues, but don't find much, although the hungry reptiles are running around all over the place.
I can't really say much to praise this movie. The animation is mediocre, acting skills non existing, and the narration and editing clumsy. For example, in one scene 2 characters find a safe place of a roof where the creatures can't catch them. They climb down again – why? Because they enjoy being chased?
In my view, there is only 1 thing that 'Raptor Ranch' does better than other low budget flicks of the genre, and that is the choice of characters. From the entertainer in a purple suit to the college kid who dresses as a Roman Centurio, there is a lot of weird characters, the comedy bits sometimes work well, which is why I don't regret too much that I wasted an evening watching this. One kid proudly announces men will finally defeat reptiles because they have a higher intelligence – this movie may not be the best example for that. I voted 3 of 10.
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