‘The hunt is on. And you’re the prey.’
Dinosaur Hotel is a 2021 British action horror film about a survival game that pits prehistoric monsters against its contestants.
Directed and photographed by Jack Peter Mundy (War of the Monsters; Amityville Cornfield aka Amityville Scarecrow) from a screenplay written by Shannon Holiday. Produced by prolific Scott Jeffrey (director of Rats Reborn; Bad Nun: Deadly Vows; Don’t Speak; Cupid; ClownDoll) and visual effects designer Rhys Waterfield (Dragon Fury).
The Jagged Edge production stars Chrissie Wunna (Exorcist Vengeance; Dragon Fury; War of the Monsters), Nicole Nabi (Cannibal Troll; Hatched; Medusa: Queen of the Serpents), Sofia Lacey, Chelsea Greenwood (Amityville Cornfield; Return of the Tooth Fairy; Bad Nun: Deadly Vows), Kate Sandison (Devil Djinn; Rise of the Mummy; Medusa: Queen of the Serpents) and Aimee Marie Higham (I Scream Man; War of the Monsters),
Sienna is desperate to win a large cash prize in a secret underground game show. However, dinosaurs begin to hunt her down for the entertainment of the rich and wealthy. Can she be the last to survive the horrific night to win the prize?
“If you’ve seen Jurassic Games then you’ve seen the same plot done better. Here we get no real explanation for the dinosaurs and just how they bloody-well exist(!), for why the women are invited to play (and die) and what pleasure the Games Master takes from all this beyond making money (a poor excuse IMHO) […] But hey, at least this take on “reality TV’ horror is a lot better than some, bigger-budgeted efforts!” Nerdly
“Unlike in Dragon Fury, we do see quite a bit of the creatures in Dinosaur Hotel. However, while that film the effects ranged from passable to bad, here they’re uniformly awful […] Plotwise, Dinosaur Hotel isn’t anything special either. Characters play hide and seek with the dinosaurs before mostly meeting a bad end. The film finds various ways to split them off and get them alone, one of which involves one of the kids and a cave. That actually had potential but unfortunately, it’s mostly wasted.” Voices from the Balcony
Dinosaur Hotel is available on Amazon Prime
Cast and characters (in credits order):
Nicole Nabi … Jenny Dilloway
Chelsea Greenwood … Zara Smith
Sofia Lacey … Laura Frake
Chrissie Wunna … Sienna Woods
Junior Thompson-Wunna … Peter
Ruby Wattis-Wunna … Maddie
Kate Sandison … Sam Jones
Aimee Marie Higham … Ruby Warren
Antonia Johnstone … Nikki
Alexander John … Dean
Stephen Staley … Therapist
MOVIES and MANIA says:
Prolific British producer, Scott Jeffrey’s cut-price world of monsters has now expanded to include CGI dinosaurs that have seemingly escaped from Poundland (joking aside, there is no explanation as to how they are at the titular hotel – although they aren’t too bad for the obviously low budget). The beasties are involved in a mysterious streamed survival game that’s presented by a floating “robot”. If this sounds “fun”, well it’s certainly preferable to most of Jeffrey’s previous efforts due to the dino novelty value and an agreeably short running time.
Unfortunately, there’s still a distinct lack of suspense and urgency to the entire proceedings while the addition of two kids to the mix (bless ’em, they’re obviously trying) only highlights the weakness of thespian skills overall. Of course, there’s no effort to explain how dinosaurs came to be roaming around the hotel and no one nearby has noticed.