Tammy and the T-Rex

Tammy and the T-Rex

He's the coolest pet in town!

19941 h 22 min

An evil scientist implants the brain of Michael, a murdered high school student, in an animatronic Tyrannosaurus. He escapes, wreaks vengeance on his high school tormentors and is reunited with his sweetheart Tammy. Together, the couple try to elude the mad scientist and the police and find a more appropriate vessel for Michael's brain.

Director Stewart Raffill
Runtime 1 h 22 min
Release Date 28 December 1994
Movie Media Other
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Not bad

Full spoilers ahead for this review. This is so wacky that it cannot be properly reviewed without spoilers and if you are truly that upset about spoilers from a near-25-year-old B-movie, seek help.

Tammy and the T-Rex came to my attention when I stumbled across a synopsis for it online. It was something along the lines of: A young Paul Walker plays a high school student who gets dumped onto a wildlife preserve by bullies and is then mauled by a lion. So a mad scientist takes his brain and puts it into a robot T-rex that goes on a rampage of revenge against the bullies while also trying to reunite with his girlfriend, Denise Richards.

I have given that description to a dozen friends since watching the movie and at least half of them tried to call BS on it. But even that description does not fully do the film justice because it leaves out the highly effeminate gay black friend who helps Denise Richards and is also the son of the police chief who is trying to take down Robot Rex/Paul Walker.

By no means does this movie try to take itself seriously (thank God). Like the part where Paul the Dinosaur helps the gay friend off the ground and brushes the dirt off his shoulders with his little T-Rex arms. Or before that, when the tiny T-Rex arms are used to successfully make a call on a pay phone (here is a picture for you kids who do not know what a pay phone is). Or when DinoWalker attends his own funeral and no one notices the giant robot lizard hiding behind a tree 15 yards away. Or when they break into the morgue and hold corpses up to the window for Paul Walker Rex to look at and pick out a new body for his brain. The list obviously goes on and on for a film like that.

For a B-movie, this film has everything you could possibly want. It manages to parody sci-fi, horror, and romance all at the same time. Everyone involved with making Tammy and the T-Rex must have known exactly what they were doing, and they excelled in that regard. Without question, it is my new favorite B-movie. Fingers crossed that MST3K gets to it on their next season.

January 28, 2018

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