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The VelociPastor 11 May 2023

2018 horror/comedy, dir. Brendan Steere, Greg Cohan, Alyssa Kempinski: IMDb / allmovie. After his parents are killed, a priest travels to China, and finds he's gained the ability to transform into a dinosaur. With a prostitute as his moral guide, he sets out to fight for justice.

This film had its origins in a spoof trailer made by Steere in 2011. On one level, it's a bad film of the sort that was deliberately made to be bad. But it rises above that, because it's doing an excellent job of parodying the sort of low-budget action film that one might have found in a video shop in the 1980s, including the way that everywhere looks like the same forest near town (even if there's a caption reading "China" at the bottom of the screen), and the overlong, over-edited sex scene.

The overall plot isn't as strong as one might like, but this one holds together well for me. Not sure how much fun it would be if you don't have a history of going to the video shop and renting any old rubbish with ninjas [sic] in it. Though I think my favourite part may be the brief flashback to the Vietnam War.

I talk about this film further on Ribbon of Memes.

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