Every generation needs a giant snakehead fish movie. Luckily, we'll go down as the first. In fact, we now have the good fortune to receive two snakehead fish movies in as many months. Fresh off of the "Snakehead Terror," Sci-Fi Pictures proudly presents the next evolution of horror in "Frankenfish." Then again, maybe not. In fact, scratch all of that.
Sam Rivers (Tory Kittles), a medical investigator, is sent into the Louisiana Bayou to investigate a strange murder. Along for the ride is biologist Mary Callahan (China Chow). The local residents of a houseboat community feel the danger as one person after another begins disappearing into the mouth of an unknown creature. Stuck on the shoreline without any means of communication or escape, the small band of residents, along with the two outsiders, must find a way to finish off the creature before it can enter larger waters.
Mark A.Z. DippÈ directs this sub-standard creature fare. He's the man responsible for the live action "Spawn" movie back in 1997. But, he's also an accomplished special effects crewman, taking part in two of the 90's biggest blockbusters "Terminator 2" and "Jurassic Park." As such, the effects here are above average for a direct-to-cable creature feature. The CGI is passable while there are multiple uses of traditional animatronic and puppet wizardry. The oversized snakehead itself is also a nice little design, but in a movie like this, it never really matters.
Since the movie is titled "Frankenfish," everyone already knows this is a giant fish-eats-people movie. Why the mystery? This one is frustratingly slow to build, wasting nearly 45-minutes before things pick up, and even then it loses momentum again almost immediately. Had the finale provided a pay-off this wouldn't have been such a problem, but it doesn't. Instead, viewers are left watching less than capable actors (though the two leads do a decent job) fending off their meager belongings against a monster that never gets any screen time.