Pros: coulda been a cool critter
Cons: Sizemore ... wtf?
So, surprisingly, we have scientists, and the government, mucking about where they don’t belong in Bottom Feeder. Really, the true bad guy is this dude, disfigured by fire I believe, confined to a wheelchair and pretty much hopeless and helpless, not to mention heartless. He has taken advantage of some poor helpless slob that is holding down a mundane job, with a sick wife, and no money to pay for her treatment. So bad dude slides him a little deal in exchange for some major buckos to concoct some cell generator that will repair bad dudes body.
In a nutshell, it is some toxic stuff that has to be injected and then, as the cells regenerate, there is some bags of … uh … food, for the guy to eat. If he doesn’t eat this food, he will then become a voracious eating machine that devours everything it comes in contact with. On the further downside of that, to coin an old phrase, he becomes what he eats. Oh cool, that sounds sweet.
But, no, it isn’t sweet. Why? Because the butt wipe in the wheelchair, being an untrusting sort, takes the scientist captive and locks him in some underground place and shoots him up with the drug. Just to make sure it works before he forks over the dollars. Now he leaves the food bags for the guy, he isn’t a total jerk, but what he doesn’t know is that someone has to actually GIVE the food to the guy. If not, then, well, bottom feeder.
Scientist guy turns into an intriguing monster, more later, and things get rather nasty down below. But that’s not all, oh no. There is also a rogue crew of construction workers, that all that rogue, but troublesome, that is loose in the same place. The reason? That is their rogueness … it’s an abandoned hospital I think and has bunches and bunches of stuff lying around that this crew gathers up and I think they sell them on Ebay. See, they aren’t all that bad.
Unfortunately they have decided to enter this place at the same time as the bottom feeder is prowling. Not pretty, definitely not pretty. Despite that, as unattractive as this turns out, there is an even more depressing interlude with rescue people, the black suit type, coming down below to find the bottom feeder. This group is headed by a rather tired and lackluster Tom Sizemore. In fact, he is so boring and distracted you often get the idea he is standing around, scratching his nuts, and asking what the name of this movie is anyway.
This ditty was written and directed by Randy Daudlin. Coming in with an R rating for gore, it neither won nor was nominated for any awards.
The creature, that’s Mr. Bottom Feeder to you, well, decent but the filming was cheaply made and dark, so you strained for a good look. About his ‘adaptation’, it didn’t quite work for me. The idea, as stated by the scientist, would be it became what it ate. Naturally, in these dwellings, rats are the first meal of the day. He also gobbled up a dog that belonged to a homeless man, not to mention a few people. However, he never really changed much from his rat mode other than get more drippingly bloody and disgusting. I was really hoping for more shape changing. But it was good, nonetheless.
Acting as horrible by all participants. Camera work wasn’t the best and the lighting was awful. Say no to the bottom feeder.
Lookie here, another Lean-n-Mean VIII