Every few years a movie comes along that manages to quickly catches fire as a cult classic and Brendan Steere’s “The Velocipastor” has done just that since its introduction in 2017. The bizarre horror action flick is still being talked about online and on social media, and it promises to be buzzed about for years along with “Birdemic” and “The Room.” If you have an appetite for “The Velocipastor” here are five other weird Dinosaur movies you have to see.
5. Tammy and the T Rex (1994)
This is such a fun, stupid, weird movie that’s emerged recently and is now regarded as a cult oddity. Starring young Denise Richards and a young Paul Walker, “Tammy and the T-Rex” asks how two lovers can make their romance work, when one of them is a carnivorous dinosaur. Originally released on video, it was re-cut as a PG rated teen comedy to appeal to a wider audience. The original R rated cut with graphic violence and gore is now more readily available for fans that want to appreciate this nineties oddity in all of its silliness.
4. We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)
Dinosaurs were so popular in the nineties that Steven Spielberg directed the massive hit “Jurassic Park” in 1993 while also producing “We’re Back!” with Amblin. “We’re Back!” centers on a group of sentient dinosaurs, all of whom are tested on by a scientist that offers them a chance to gain intellect and awareness by the help of an advanced brain cereal. John Goodman plays main character Rex, a T-Rex that is taken along with his dinosaur pals to become exhibits in a museum in the future. Despite the weird premise, “We’re Back!” is a bizarre, dull, and forgettable animated feature. It didn’t exactly set the world on fire, even with a cast including John Goodman, Jay Leno, and Martin Short, respectively.
3. Prehysteria! (1993)
Charles Bands’ successful Straight to Video fantasy centers a small group of miniature dinosaurs, all of whom fall under the possession of a brother and his older sister. After bonding with the dinosaurs, son Jerry tries to protect them as an archaeologist and his henchmen tries to steal them back. This is a childhood favorite that still watches pretty well today, despite some flaws here and there. The puppetry is a bit rigid but the sentiment behind it is a lot of fun. I wish the sequels would have been as good, but “Prehysteria!” is a ton of fun with a unique concept.
2. Theodore Rex (1995)
Imagine this: “Lethal Weapon.” But PG rated. And with a rad talking dinosaur! Need I say more? This weird, utterly abysmal oddity from the nineties went through so much hell while being developed and strapped down star Whoopi Goldberg who was literally forced in to starring in this nigh impossible to watch fantasy crime thriller. With Dinosaurs! Goldberg is Katie Coltrane, a no nonsense cop forced to team with dinosaur cop partner Theodore Rex, as voiced by George Newbern. In a world where humans and dinosaurs co-exist, the pair has to investigate a series of murders, while also learning to compromise with one another. It’s dull and tedious and you can feel Goldberg dying inside every second she’s on screen.
1. Super Mario Bros. (1993)
You’d think a movie adapting one of the most iconic video games of all time would be more fun and simplistic than anything else. But for some odd reason, the writers behind this cinematic adaptation of the video game create a convoluted mythology revolving around dinosaurs, evolution, dimensions, and weird monsters. There is a strong presence of dinosaurs here but not exactly in the way fans hoped, all with the other Mario enemies oddly missing. There are no shy guys, or Toad, but there are Goombas! They are–small headed monsters in large anthropomorphic trench coats. Also Yoshi makes a brief appearance as a small raptor, and King Koopa appears! For about two seconds. And he’s blasted to smithereens. But at least we have that classic book end promising a sequel that never actually happened. And we’re also given the canonical (?) explanation that the brothers’ names are Mario Mario and Luigi Mario.