“”Animal” doesn’t break any new ground, but it is attractive to look at, and has some great pratical creature effects.”
Anyone who’s read this blog knows that I don’t particularly enjoy features from The Asylum. For those unfamiliar with the company they produced movies like Sharknado, all those Mega Shark movies, as well as ZNation.
My problem isn’t that they are blatantly low-budget, it’s that they don’t seem to accept it–relying on cheap-looking digital elects way more often than they should–and also don’t seem to understand that using fewer special effects would work out better than lots of cheesy digital ones.
Most of their output turns up on the Syfy Channel, which isn’t a bad thing because I am not sure anyone else would want it.
Though Syfy isn’t the only channel that caters to genre-based entertainment. There’s also Chiller, which is more focused on horror. From what I have seen of their original productions–while they’re not Asylum bad–they’re generally pretty mediocre.
Then I saw Animal and have to admit that it was pretty good.