Professor Michael Lovecraft is leading a group of students on a scientific expedition into the forests of Eastern Anatolia where a prehistoric problem is waiting for them that not even the members of a Special Forces Ops team can save them from.
"Pterodactyl" is the second feature film that the folks at American World Pictures sent to us and while I was anticipating "Blood Snow", I was dreading "Pterodactyl". As much as I hate to say that but it's the truth and quite honestly, a bit hypocritical on my part since I love those awful "Carnosaur" movies. The only difference between "Pterodactyl" and "Carnosaur" is one features terrible puppets the other features terrible CGI. Since American World Pictures were kind enough to send us some screeners I gritted my teeth and sat through the movie and it wasn't quite as painful as I was expecting it to be.
The story is pretty much what you'd expect from a movie like "Pterodactyl"; Professor Michael Lovecraft (Really guys, Lovecraft?) takes a group of his white-bred yuppie students to Eastern Anatolia in Turkey for a scientific expedition and extra credit. What waits for them in forests? Oh I don't know, how about a bunch of goddamn giant pterodactyls with 40ft. wingspans that want to eat 'em! Of course you can't just pit science nerds against flying man-eating dinosaurs, that wouldn't be fair at all. Coincidentally Coolio...err, I mean Captain Bergen is leading a special ops team on a secret mission in the forest as well. That means instead of having to watch these "kids" and their teachers try to come up with some scientific method of stopping the pterodactyls, you get automatic weapons, explosions, high-tech technology that doesn't exist (and makes you wonder why they would need such weapons for their original mission), and of course a bigger body count.
That's one thing I found oddly enjoyable about "Pterodactyl" is that it offered all the basics and what you would want out of a b-monster movie. Clichéd characters that include the hot-but-bitchy blonde student, the nerdy student (A couple other students that don't matter and are there just to die.), a science teacher hell-bent on proving the discovery of a lifetime, and a former musician turned actor that nobody has cared about in a decade. You've also got the ever so wonderfully bad one-liners, characters doing incredibly stupid things and making bad decisions, unintentional funny moments, spotty acting, and...
Boobs? T 'n A? What about the T 'n A?!
Sorry, no bare breasts in here. Or sex for that matter.
No boobs?! Well what's the point then?!
I know, I know. While it would be expected, at best you little horndogs get is the bitchy-blonde (that you can't wait for to be killed) going for a swim in her skibbies. While there is some blood and gore in the movie, it is kept to a conservative amount. Personally, I thought that this movie would be a perfect candidate for the SyFy Channel's lineup as it felt like and looked like what is usually played on there.
Wait a minute, I'm being interrupted again...What was that...Oh, it did play on TV...And it premiered on the SyFy Channel...Why didn’t you tell me this sooner. You know what, never mind, I don't want your excuses.
Apparently "Pterodactyl" did in fact play on TV and is also a "SyFy Channel Original Movie" as well, which would have been nice to know ahead of time, goddammit.
All stupid jokes and sad attempts at being funny aside, "Pterodactyl" is the kind of movie where you get what you expect out of it. It would be easy for me to sit back and just rip on it for all the bad moments and it's short comings, but there isn't any reason to. It'd be like picking on the stupid kid in class - just because you can doesn't mean you should. Truthfully, I didn't like the movie and it was pretty bad but it did make me laugh through unintentionally comedy, and I could think of worse ways to kill an hour and half. It isn't an unwatchable movie, in fact I'm sure all the things that I don't like about it will make others love it. I can't recommend this modern b-monster-dino flick but "Pterodactyl", like most SyFy Channel movies, have an establish audience. So those who watch and enjoy those movies will also like "Pterodactyl" while the rest of us sit on the sidelines wondering what the hell is wrong with them.