The Jurassic Games – USA, 2018: updated with HORRORPEDIA review, plus other reviews

‘Win the games. Win your freedom.’

The Jurassic Games is a 2018 American science fiction action horror film written and directed by Ryan Bellgardt (GremlinArmy of Frankensteins). The High Octane Pictures production stars Ryan Merriman, Perrey Reeves and Erika Daly.

In the near future, ten death row convicts are chosen to compete in The Jurassic Games, the ultimate virtual reality game show that pits its players against dinosaurs and each other.

However, there is a catch… If you die in the virtual game, you also die in reality; and for Anthony Tucker (Adam Hampton), survival is his one chance to be reunited with his children after having been wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife.

As the devious The Host continues adding improbable challenges, the characters will find the odds stacked against them as only one victor can emerge as winner and reclaim their freedom…


Ah, The Jurassic Games! Ten selected death row inmates are chosen to battle it out in a virtual dinosaur infested jungle for his/her freedom. There can only be one winner, and when you die in the game… you are dead in real life. Sounds deliciously evil, huh?

Without wasting a moment, the audience is thrusted into a very real-life experience alongside some of the most notoriously sinister criminals who have agreed to fight for their life. As the ten of them are hooked up into this virtual reality world, each is equipped with a neck monitor, and the clothes on their backs. There are no rules – winner takes all.

Expect the immediate demise of one another as freedom seems more obtainable if each felon takes out one another rather than race to the finish through hungry raptors and pterodactyl territory. Those things are vicious!

Clearly, the watchers around the globe have a soft spot for handsome Tucker, the inmate found guilty of murdering his wife and leaving two teenagers at home to pray for their father’s safety. Tucker is the most relatable, sympathetic and possibly innocent player in The Jurassic Games. He is the “one to watch” and feels the heat amongst all fellow competitors from the get go.

Take note, this sounds like a battle of brawn but alas…there ARE two women who are just as conniving as The Wasp and Albert, the Cannibal. The front runner is Joy who is anything but. Joy is young, pretty and brutal. She smiles sweetly yet venomously while attempting to obliterate each and every rival who gets in her way.

And while this cruel annihilation is taking place in this cybernetic realm, the puppet masters (aka show producers) are frantically finagling ways to increase the tension for the prisoners to meet their demise. The deaths are harsh and ruthless as they endlessly encounter hungry T-Rex after T-Rex with no prejudice. And if you think alliances will be made à la Survivor-style, think again.

The Jurassic Games is pure, endless fun! There is no build-up, no flashbacks, and no back stories. Just nonstop, heartless entertainment. Writer and director Ryan Bellgardt nailed the uncertainty of every opponent playing the games… no one is safe!

Meredith Brown, HORRORPEDIA

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Other reviews:

“It’s more Sharknado than Jaws, but that’s not a bad thing. If you love silly films that you don’t need to think about too much, you could definitely do much worse than catching The Jurassic Games. Any film where a camera operator is directed to ‘stay on the cannibal’ is ok in my book. Sam Kurd, Cultured Vultures

” …on the downside, the movie makes little out of the satirical potential the premise holds in droves – but then again, on the upside, it’s also a really good action thriller, one that not only lives from dino attacks but also features plenty of suspense sequences, good character constellations that create tension pretty much by themselves, and loads of fights, shoot-outs and the like, almost never stopping to let one catch one’s breath.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

“Deep it is not, and off the shelf it is in many places, yet contrarily these very elements work for the film rather than against it. With a presentation that moves swiftly and Ryan Merriman’s performance leading the way, The Jurassic Games is simply a fun movie that succeeds in making a point, maybe even despite itself.” Toxic Fletch

“The CGI used for the creatures is of variable quality but is on the better end of the low budget scale most of the time. That’s a good thing because there is a lot of it, with all manner of creatures turning up. A T-Rex and raptors, as well as a sabre-tooth tiger, some very nasty bugs, and even winged critters all, make appearances. While not a threat to the success of it’s big budget inspiration, The Jurassic Games is a lot more entertaining than several of that franchise.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

“I have to admit, as a critic who’s very critical of any movie I might someday find on the SyFy channel, The Jurassic Games is better. The love lust name of two franchise films combining together cheapens what is actually a fun movie. Effort was actually put into some quality CGI. Sure it’s too clean cut to be perfect but under the guise of being virtual reality, most of it is forgivable.” Jason Minton, Without Your Head

Cast and characters:

  • Perrey Reeves … Savannah – Child’s Play 3
  • Ryan Merriman … The Host – Final Destination 3
  • Katie Burgess … Joy
  • Erika Daly … Laura
  • Adam Hampton … Andrew Tucker
  • Cate Jones … Stephanie
  • Rett Terrell … Big Brother
  • Luke Wyckoff … Albert
  • Dylan Cox … The Wasp
  • Lucas Ross … Brian
  • Bruce Davis … Joy’s Guard
  • Kaye Brownlee-France … Doctor’s Assistant
  • Shannon Moree Smith … Protester
  • Sidney Flack … Doctor Franklin
  • Rita Scranton … Witness #2

Filming locations:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA



Categories: 2018, creature feature, Horrorpedia review, monster movie, prehistoric

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