It’s February, once again, and love is in the air. As such, I thought it would be appropriate for me to choose a story about love to review. And at its heart, that’s exactly what Tammy and the T-Rex (1994) is – a story about love. Pure, undying love between a teenage girl and her animatronic dinosaur. Well, if we’re going to get really specific about it: an animatronic dinosaur that also happens to house the brain of her recently murdered boyfriend. Not since the immortal bard graced us with the tale of Romeo and Juliet has a more passionate yarn been spun.
Tammy and the T-Rex first came roaring onto screens across the United States on the 21st of December, 1994. The film stars Denise Richards, Paul Walker and Theo Forsett in its major roles. It was written and directed by Stewart Raffill. Raffill, who has worked on numerous projects over his career, is probably best known for writing and directing the notoriously god-awful Mac and Me (1988), a film that has since gone on to be universally panned as one of the worst ever made. Luckily for us, Tammy and the T-Rex would not prove to be of the same horrendous caliber as its predecessor.
Love in a Prehistoric Age
The plot of Tammy and the T-Rex, albeit extremely strange, is fairly straight-forward. It focuses on two teenage lovers, Tammy and Michael. After a confrontation with Tammy’s jealous ex-boyfriend turns sour, Michael is left in a comatose state at the local hospital. His body is subsequently abducted by a mad doctor and then spirited away to a secret location. It is in this location that his brain is then transplanted into the body of a robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex – for, you know, reasons. Upon awakening, Michael escapes from the doctor’s clutches and embarks upon an epic quest. A quest to reunite with his lost love, find a more suitable host body, and to exact bloody revenge upon those who have wronged him.
While Tammy and the T-Rex is quite enjoyable to watch, it is far from being perfect. The effects often appear cheap or poorly done to a fault. If I were to speculate on this, it is likely due to the SFX budget being slashed to make room for the film’s casting choices. It also has a slight issue with pacing, feeling somewhat slow at times for a picture of such a zany nature. The plot is extremely outlandish – which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending upon who you ask. Fans of horror with a strictly serious, harrowing tone would probably do best on skipping this one. From an overall technical standpoint, the finished product is mediocre at best.
Despite the issues in terms of its production quality, the sheer absurdity of the film still manages to make it a worthwhile watch. Ultimately, I award Tammy and the T-Rex with 3 out of 5 Cthulhus. While not a life-altering experience, it certainly isn’t one that I think most genre fans would regret.(3 / 5)
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