Director Mark L. Lester was responsible for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best movie, Commando and Dolph Lundgren’s best non-Rocky IV film, Showdown in Little Tokyo, so it only figures that he should be the one to bring us the definitive Coolio vs. prehistoric monsters movie, Pterodactyl.
Basically it’s all about a smirking professor who takes a bunch of students to investigate an active volcano somewhere in
The typical plot and cardboard acting are about on par with what you’d usually see on Sci-Fi Channel at . At least the effects are slightly better than the norm and there’s more intentional humor that actually manages to be kinda funny. All of this doesn’t quite add up to make a successfully entertaining flick though. Sure, it’s a hair or two better than the usual Sci-Fi Channel fare, but that isn’t saying a whole lot. Coolio is pretty good (God, I thought those words would ever come out of my mouth) and his hard ass character is kinda like a cut-rate Keith David.
The pterodactyl effects aren’t half bad as far as these things go and the gore is better than average. The scenes of the baby dinos ripping out people’s guts are fun as is the scene where one guy got cut in half by the prehistoric bird’s wings. Lester slyly rips off
It ain’t much, but at least it’s better than The Lost World:
Coolio gets the best line of the movie when he gets the drop on the greasy terrorist: “You move and I’ll blow your nut sac off!”