POSEIDON REX (2013) Reviews and overview


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Poseidon Rex is a 2013 American sci-fi horror film directed by Mark L. Lester (PterodactylClass of 1984Firestarter) from a screenplay by Rafael Jordan (Cowboys vs Dinosaurs; Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon; Dragon Wasps; et al). It stars Brian Krause, Anne McDaniels and Steven Helmkamp.


A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet’s distant past when deep sea divers accidentally awaken an ancient evil…

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“The often inane screenplay, by frequent Lester collaborator Rafael Jordan (Dragons of CamelotPterodactyl), vaguely recognizable cast struggling to make the script seem intelligible and strictly functional cinematography betray the movie’s most earnest intentions, however. Lacking sufficient self-parody to entertain as a campy monster-movie spoof or the budget to thrill as action-adventure or sci-fi, much like the creature it depicts, Poseidon Rex represents a throwback that even its own distributor can’t really get behind.” Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter


“If nothing else, it is better than the average B monster movie simply because it doesn’t look so cheap. The better budget has allowed the production crew to travel to Belize, which offers a sunny tourist locale and beautiful azure oceans. Moreover, it allows the crew to film underwater – even if the locations do nothing to approximate what is described as the dangerous and turbulent unexplored rift of The Blowhole.” Richard Scheib, Moria


“It’s not a hidden gem by any means, but it has a slickness and a professionalism that is certainly lacking from the relatively snarky Sharknado or the even-cheaper mockbusters produced by The Asylum. One can always tell if the makers of a B-movie are sincere about making an entertaining film, or if they’re just being cynical. The makers of Poseidon Rex clearly meant it.” Witney Seibold, Nerdist

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“Screenwriter Rafael Jordan and director Mark Lester unnecessarily embrangle the film with irrelevant subplots involving local thugs, treasure hunters and lost Mayan gold. The gangsters barge in on what is relatively the film’s best scene, in which Anne McDaniels’ buxom marine biologist cracks open a P-rex egg with her impeccably painted nails.” Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times

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“The action sequences are nonsensical and cheesy, as expected, but Poseidon Rex fails to get even remotely creative with its kills, which greatly damages the final product and the primary reason most people will watch the movie. Most would be willing to endure unbearable dialogue and a groan inducing love story for a few spectacularly silly dinosaur kills, but we are deprived of such.” Cliff Wheatley, IGN


“There is a lot of Star Trek style shaking whenever a boat is attacked and plenty of over-animated pantomime by actors working with empty space later populated by a computer-generated dinosaur. Sometimes it is humorous. Sometimes it is laughable for different reasons. Either way, Poseidon Rex could have benefitted from a better balance for unifying everyone involved.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt


Main cast:

  • Brian Krause – Be Afraid; Plan 9; Camel Spiders; et al
  • Anne McDaniels – Snake Outta Compton; The Dead Tales; Rock Paper Dead
  • Steven Helmkamp – Street Eyes; Dominion
  • Candice Nunes – Terrordactyl
  • Berne Velasquez
  • Gildon Roland
  • Pulu Lightburn
  • Remo
  • Phillip Coc
  • Serapio Chun
  • Paul Hyde
  • Joe Requena
  • Aaron Lauriano
  • Chase Kilburn
  • Trey Schesser