When it comes to creature-features, I can’t seem to get enough of them. Doesn’t matter if it’s monsters, animals, or anything in between, I can watch them all day long. So I was obviously chomping at the bit to check out THE HATCHING, especially after seeing the DVD cover art.
Surprisingly, the film is British and set in the village of Somerset. This isn’t a negative, but it did throw me for a loop. After all, England is not renowned for crocodiles. But despite my surprise, the film does a pretty decent job of entertaining overall. And while not excellent, it is still worth a look if you’re a fan of movies like LAKE PLACID or ROGUE.
If you are not familiar with THE HATCHING, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:
The sudden disappearance of several female victims drudges up a tragedy from the past that has everyone searching for a culprit, but as the disappearances increase, could this small town have a serial killer in their midst?
I do frown at the marketing folks, however, for misleading viewers with the cover art. This image is VERY deceiving, as the crocs are nowhere near that size…nor are we granted any underwater scenes of a similar scope.
THE HATCHING is shot well for the most part, and the cinematography does a stellar job of capturing the bleak landscape and atmosphere of the English countryside. The production value appears decent, although I think more money should have been spent on the crocodile effects; some of them are downright laughable.
The acting is good, although I have to confess I am not familiar with the majority of the cast. I saw a couple of familiar faces, but I could not pinpoint any individuals I could for certain say I’ve seen before.
As I mentioned above, the special effects are decent, but more time and investment should have been put into the croc. Some scenes (like when its in the water) make it look real; other scenes make it painfully fake. The gore is good, though, and we get some nice squeamish visuals, such as a guy feeding body parts into a meat grinder.
THE HATCHING won’t win any awards, but it’s a fun, entertaining flick nonetheless. If you’re a fan of creature-features (like me!), then you should find this one amusing. It is available now in a variety of formats.