CLAW (2020) Reviews of dinosaur comedy horror [updated]

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Claw is a 2020 American horror film about two friends who are forced to spend the night in a ghost town. Unfortunately, they find themselves hunted by a vicious velociraptor dinosaur.

Directed, co-produced and edited by Gerald Rascionato (Open Water 3: Cage Dive) from a screenplay co-written with co-producer Joel Hogan, the Just One More Productions-The Adventurers Club production stars Chynna Walker, Richard Rennie, Mel Mede and Ken Mertz.


“Eliciting the same thrills as the best moments from Jurassic Park and capturing the endearing buddy-comedy chemistry of cult fave Tremors, Claw proves a surefire crowd-pleaser. Clearly made with an un-ironic appreciation for the creature features of yesteryear (ie, the 90s) and a degree of skill that elevates the small scale production into something very big…” Screen-Space

“If Rascionato and Hogan had at least come up with a better ending, Claw might have been more than a barely passable diversion. Instead, between it and the film’s actual length, it almost feels like they ran short of money and slapped a couple of scenes on the end to wrap it up. I get that the ending is supposed to be funny, but it isn’t.” Voices from the Balcony


Claw premiered at the Byron Bay Underground Film Festival on May 22, 2021.

The film is currently available On-Demand via ITN and will be released on DVD on July 6, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Chynna Walker … Julia
Richard Rennie … Kyle
Mel Mede … Ray
Ken Mertz … Scientist
Juan Carlos Sanchez … Announcer
Jonah Blechman … Hugh
Christine Hughes … Audience member
Maggie Gagliardi … Audience member
Alejandra Camacho … Audience member
Kellen Pocock … Audience member
Traci Lu … Audience member

Technical details:

81 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1

Teaser trailer:

MOVIES and MANIA says:

Clearly working within a very limited budget, Claw offers endearing characters, nicely set up moments of comedy, decent cinematography, tight editing and a stirring orchestral score by Corey Wallace that sounds like it has was composed for a major Hollywood production.

Most importantly, the briefly seen CGI dino effects are fine too for this type of cheapie. It’s cheekily brief at just over an hour plus a very s-l-o-w end credits crawl that would make Charles Band proud. But at least that means no filler just to pad out the running time. And compared to the dismal drama of Hatched and Dinosaur Hotel, Claw is a jurassic joy.

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