Pterodactyl (2005)

Nomination Year: 2006
SYNOPSIS:  A scientist, his female grad student, and four whiny undergrads are in Turkey in this turkey. An earthquake has potentially uncovered new caves on Mt. Ararat and they're going to study any paleontological finds. They get more than they bargained for when it's discovered that ancient pterodactyl eggs have hatched into a flock of man-eating flying terrors! Enter Coolio and his black-ops (no pun intended) team. They're transporting a terrorist warlord when they cross paths with the scientists...and the pterodactyls. From there, it's your basic shoot-em-up as the pterodactyls snatch victims one at a time. Cameron Daddo plays the part like the totally-bankrupt man's George Clooney. And the writing in this is so, uh, "creative" that they named every character after a famous sci-fi/fantasy author: Lovecraft, Heinlein, Bradbury, Lem, Donaldson, Yolen...the list goes on and on.

Deus Ex Machina

Tag, You're It
One of the terrorists is getting away. The man clearly has a gun in his hand. Coolio takes off after him. But instead of using his gun, the guy CLUBS Coolio with a STICK, steals HIS gun, and then MISSES at a range of, like, 18 inches. Coolio recovers, kicks his ass, and snaps his neck.

Best One-Liner

Flip Me the Bird!
Yolen (the warlord) says "Give me a gun!" and Coolio obliges.


What Would General Asimov Say?
A great, concise example of what I was telling you about the names: Coolio calls out the names in his squad: "Clarke! Zelazny! Burroughs! Serling!" Lame!

Worst Special Effect

These Birds Have Overbytes
Kate gets nabbed by the CGI effects. I particularly like the parts where she's dangling from the "claws."

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Cameron Daddo in 1992, released an album "A Long Goodbye" 
 Coolio Famous Rapper who got upset when "Weird Al" Yankovic did a parody of one of his songs. 
Amy Sloan  
Mircea Monroe  
Director Claim to Fame
Mark L. Lester  

Bryan Cassidy

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