02nd Mar2017

Monster-Movie Mayhem: ‘Jabberwock’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michael Worth, Tahmoh Penikett, Kacy Barnfield, Raffaello Degruttola, Steven Waddington | Written by Raul Inglis, Rafael Jordan | Directed by Steven R. Monroe


Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe. Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun, the frumious Bandersnatch!

Taking the classic nonsense Lewis Carrol poem Jabberwocky as its inspiration (the poem is referred to in the film as a song recited to children to frighten them) Jabberwock (orJabberwock: Dragon Siege to give the film its full title) is yet another in the line of low-budget dragon movies to be released straight to DVD in the UK (other dragon-based titles include Age of the Dragons, Dawn of the Dragon Slayer, Dragon Dynasty, Dragon Crusaders, and so on and so forth) and like the rest of its shelf-filling brethren, this film features the titular dragon only fleetingly lets just say there is a lot of waving swords at the camera in this flick throughout its brief running time.

Officially the plot goes something like this: A fearsome dragon is unleashed on a mythical world following a lightening storm as a courageous young knight (Worth) is summoned back to his home village by his elder brother (Penikett) to be with his sick father. Sadly the family reunion is short-lived as a terrified and half-crazed traveller arrives in the village with ramblings of a winged monster

Ok, ok. Ill admit that this film is not going to win any awards, has a budget to rival Syfys lowest, and looks like it was shot on the same sets used to film Doctor Who (with Bulgarian quarries standing in for those in Cardiff) but none of that matters to me. And what actually peaked my interest in Jabberwock was not the titular dragon or the connection to Lewis Carroll. It was none of those things it was actually the films two leading men: Michael Worth and Tahmoh Penikett, whose careers Ive been following since Acapulco H.E.A.T. and Dollhouse respectively. The duo, along with actor Steven Waddington are literally what kept me watching the film way past the terrible CGI and over-dramatic acting.

Helmed by prolific Syfy movie of the week director Steven R. Monroe (who, FYI, also helmed the remake of I Spit on Your Grave), Jabberwock isnt going to set the world alight, however it will pass 90 minutes quite swiftly.


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