First of all: I fucking love this film. But it's obviously made by someone who clearly have no idea how to make a movie. Or have any knowledge in storytelling. Or technology. Or just plain directing. N.G. Mount is one of several alias for Norbert Moutier, French video shop owner who's famous for directing The Mad Mutilator in 1993. Dinosaur from the Deep could have been totally unwatchable if it had been made as a comedy, but thanks heavens it's not. This is serious cinema - shot on some kind of primitive video format - starring Jean Rollin (yes, the director) and legendary eurocult actress Tina Aumont. Both awesome characters - and also the only competent actors in the whole production, even if Rollin is far from good in his performance!
What the movie lacks is a complete knowledge about filmmaking. You won't believe the stuff you see in this production! I promise you, if you ever imagined the worst kind of incompetence - you'll find it here. My favorite is when you clearly can see one of the actors standing in the background holding up a fake wall, while his character at the same time is running around in the "jungle" somewhere else. It's so clear. It's almost a close-up of the man. That's one small, tiny, detail you can expect from Dinosaur from the Deep.
But wait, can you imagine THIS storyline?
A French middle-aged Ninja who looks like a French middle-aged office worker with a leather jacket is arrested. But the law is in deep trouble! Death penalty is forbidden and the only way to execute the Ninja in a legal way is to use a secret government project - a time machine - and go back in time until death penalty was legal! The only problem is that they need to follow the scientists a bit further down in time with their... yeah, spaceship (but it's a time machine)! So they go back to the time of the dinosaurs, which looks like a forest outside Paris or something, and of course - because everyone involved is a retarded, shit hits the fan and they get attacked and killed one by one by fuck-ugly dinos!
Do I even have to mention that the last 20 minutes of this epic suddenly transforms itself to the worlds cheapest Alien clone also? This fucker has it all and I promise you, it's not boring for one damn second - but it's also among the worst movies I ever seen.
But as you know, the only bad movies are boring movies and Dinosaur from the Deep is hardly boring. It's just stupid in every way possible. I mean, if you want special effects so bad your cousin's hamster could make 'em, this is the movie for you! The dinosaurs ranges from toys to probably the worst animated stop motion dinos ever in a movie... to Papier-mâché and rubber heads of the worst kind.
I love the enthusiasm behind it all. This is made by someone who clearly loves the cinema, adores dinosaurs and adventures and have enough taste to hire Rollin and Aumont in leading roles. This is made by someone who have more love for his work than many professionals out there. It's just that the guy have no idea what he's doing! He breaks every rule possible, he can't direct, edit, film or write - and still he delivers something.
That's more than most wannabe-filmmakers I know can do. Somehow I think this is the most importat film I've reviewed in a while, just for the passion involved in it. It's something rare. And it's something we should celebrate and embrace.