I saw The Dark Knight Rises this weekend, but I’m not going to talk about that. Odds are you saw it too, and have your own opinions, and if you didn’t then you’re probably one of the people threatening violent death upon anyone who spoils it for you, so I’ll just leave it well enough alone. Instead, I’ll talk about another movie I saw this weekend: Mammoth.
I rented Mammoth because, to be frank, I wanted to watch something terrible. Just a completely awful monster movie, and a Sci-Fi Channel original about a giant mammoth starring Summer Glau, Tom Skerritt, and the budget Patrick Wilson seemed like it would fit the bill. And it was certainly just as terrible as I’d expected. What I didn’t expect was for it to also be so adorable. First of all, it’s not just a giant mammoth that gets thawed out of some ice and attacks a small town. No no, it’s an alien-possessed zombie mammoth. Yes. That is exactly how silly this movie is, a fact that is made abundantly clear from literally the opening credits.
Mammoth (the movie, not the monster) is like some kind of gigantic puppy that is just so freaking excited about being a bad monster movie that it absolutely can’t hold still long enough to actually be very good at anything but that’s okay because look! a disembodied hand! Look! a guy in a monkey suit for no real reason! Look! low-rent Men in Black knock-offs!
Sadly, the mammoth (the monster this time) looks pretty lousy, because it’s Sci-Fi Channel CG. It would have been way better if there’d been a stop-motion mammoth or something. But still, for a completely godawful movie about a giant killer mammoth zombie, Mammoth is remarkably cute.