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Maneater


Superman can't save this shocker.

Rod Lott July 5th, 2011

Uh-oh, here he comes. Watch out, Dean Cain, he'll chew you up! He's a "Maneater"!

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In the former TV Superman's latest straight-to-video nail in his career coffin, Cain is Sheriff Bailey, a small-town single dad still grieving over the unexplained disappearance of his wife. His daughter, Pearl Bailey (seriously screenwriters?), is a high school good girl on the verge of cashing in her V card. Oh, and there's a big bear or something in the woods ripping apart sexually active kids.

The bulk of "Maneater" follows Pearl (appealing newcomer Lacy Phillips) and her clique hanging out and partying and eventually breaking up into couples to neck and copulate. Those among the latter group are ripe for slaughter, because as Sheriff Bailey discovers, the beast — whatever it is — becomes unleashed around arousal.

That naughty aspect is about the only shred of originality "Maneater" has going for it. Although Cain really isn't a bad actor, the movie affords him nothing to do beyond being likable and sensitive. It doesn't help that debuting director Michael Emanuel casts some of the most annoying youngsters he could find to play Pearl's pals, with the smug Maximillian Roeg (son of director Nicolas Roeg and actress Theresa Russell) being the worst offender, as the character Wahoo. Had we cared about the kids, we might be more invested in the cardboard scare show. —Rod Lott


 
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