Tammy and the T-Rex is available on special edition Blu-ray now.
I have a challenge for you; name five movies that are so bad that they are good. Are you done? Great, I have no doubt your list contains Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, Plan 9 From Outer Space and maybe even Jupiter Ascending. But does your list include Tammy and the T-Rex? If it doesn’t, it really should. After all, how many movies contain a teenage brain transplant into a mechanical T-Rex, a host of squashed bullies and Paul Walker in a crop top? But that’s just for starters, as British director Stewart Raffill unashamedly cashes in on the post-Jurassic Park fever of 1993 by creating a horror comedy that is as ridiculous as it is brilliant.
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Whether or not Raffill’s movie is called Tammy and the T-Rex or Tanny and the Teenage T-Rex continues to cause debate. But, title aside, his 1994 B-Movie is nothing short of bizarre, deliciously dark and downright silly while also providing Paul Walker and Denise Richards with their breakout roles. However, Tammy and the T-Rex had a rough ride to the screen, where its hurried studio re-edit would transform an R-rated comedy-horror into a PG-13 love story. However, the original version remained intact, and in 2019 the world finally got to see the film Raffill intended, with all the delightful comic book gore restored.
Bonkers and brilliant; if you haven’t yet discovered Tammy and the T-Rex, you don’t know what you’re missing. Jurassic Park, it’s not, as a hormonal teenage T-Rex stomps all over the horror-comedy genre. But, take it from me; this slice of B-Movie heaven will earn a place in your heart, if not your head. And despite its kooky screenplay and dodgy effects, it’s laced with great dark humour and performances that understand the tongue-in-cheek nature of the action on screen. So grab the popcorn and settle in for a roaring good time.