Crocodile Island DVD Review


  • Director ‏ : ‎ Xu ShiXing, Simon Zhao
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Gallen Lo, Liao YinYue, Wang BingXiang, He QiWei, Dang Wei
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ Well Go Usa
  • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ NR (Not Rated)
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 1 hour and 27 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ November 21, 2023

         There are two kinds of bad films: the ones that know they are bad and lean into it with a campy approach, and the ones that are sincere and serious in their efforts despite the glaring shortcomings in filmmaking. Crocodile Island does not appear aware of just how bad it actually is, which removes some of the enjoyment found in other B-film creature-feature releases like Sharknado or The Meg. There is some unintentional enjoyment to be found in the laughably bad execution of visual effects in this Chinese B-film, but this may not be enough to make watching Crocodile Island a worthwhile experience for sober audience members.


        Set in the area around the Devil's Sea which is known as the Bermuda Triangle of Asia, an untouched island is found to contain massive crocodiles by a downed airliner flight. Onboard the flight is Lin Hao (Gallen Lo) and his estranged daughter Yi (Liao Yinyue), whose relationship is predicably repaired through their efforts to survive on the island. While the isolation of the island is used as reason for the massive growth of the crocodiles, it does little to explain massive spiders or pterodactyls flying around the airspace and taking down passing planes.


        Unless extremely bad CGI brings you joy and amusement, there is little reason to watch Crocodile Island. For English-speaking audiences willing to watch foreign language films, there are plenty of better options. There are also better options for creature-features. And B films. Basically, there are a lot of better options, unless you take pleasure in the pain of bad films.


        The DVD release comes with a trailer and no other special features.


Entertainment Value: 3.5/10

Quality of Filmmaking: 3/10

Historical Significance:  0/10

Special Features: 0/10

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