Case Number 22064: Small Claims Court

LIZARD BOY

Cinema Epoch // 2011 // 102 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 19th, 2011

The Charge

Half-man/half-reptilian terror!

The Case

From Cinema Epoch, specialists in serving out low-budget B-movies to the masses, comes this, a low-budget B-movie. The good news: it's worlds better than most anything you'll find coming out of the Syfy sausage-making plant. The bad news: there's not much to snark about because Lizard Boy is a well-executed horror-comedy romp.

The story follows the scientific shenanigans of Dr. Gino Conti (Pete Punito), a brilliant geneticist recently tasked by the U.S. military to manufacture a lizard super-animal to be used to attack Chinese aircraft carriers or something. Gino's research gets diverted when he discovers he and his fiancée are unable to conceive and he turns his attentions to creating an unholy reptilian child in his laboratory. Needless to say this little experiment backfires and daddy dearest struggles to prevent Lizard Boy from murdering people with his dastardly lizard bite

That synopsis may sound a bit gruesome, but make no mistake: Lizard Boy is much more of a comedy than a creature feature. There are kills, sure, and the gore effects are actually nicely put together, with sheared-off limbs and spurting blood and exposed bones, but it's tongue-in-cheek the whole way through.

If you squint and really, really focus you can tease out some semi-serious commentary on the state of designer genetics, but that's a real stretch. The sweet spot in Lizard Boy is sitting back and enjoying the offbeat humor and the sight of a human man with a half-decent prosthetic lizard head practicing his kata in the living room.

The disc: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo, and a photo gallery.

The Verdict

Not Guilty.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 80

Perp Profile
Studio: Cinema Epoch
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 102 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Photo Gallery

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1474456/combined