Devin Townsend calls Mega Python vs. Gatoroid "monumentally punishing"

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      Vancouver metal genius Devin Townsend isn't normally known for his forays into film criticism, but just last night he got his two-bits in Siskel-style on a recently released monster-disaster flick.

      Sometime around 12:30 last night (or early this morning, for all you picky types) I was channel surfing and came across a listing for a 2011 movie called Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. "Monstrous reptiles clash in the Florida Everglades when giant pythons threaten the alligator population," read the description. Then came the kicker: "Starring 1980s pop stars Debbie Gibson and Tiffany."

      Never one to let something that sounds so extremely godawful go by unnoticed, I quickly tweeted a photo of the TV listing on @earofnewt with the message: "Now this I gotta see."

      Sure enough, scant minutes later Townsend (@dvntownsend) weighed in with his own tweet from a tour stop in Pittsburgh or somewhere: "I saw that... It was monumentally punishing."

      Boy, was he right. I didn't watch the whole thing--I'm not that much into self-punishment--but what I did catch gave new meaning to the word "crap". It was worse than I expected from director Mary Lambert, even though she had helmed the putrid Stephen King-based Pet Sematary back in '89.

      And let's just say that the years have not been kind to Debbie Gibson.

      In summary, Devin Townsend is now officially one of my most revered movie critics. I should have known he was somewhat of an expert on low-budget genre work when he released this clip last year:




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      Feb 10, 2013 at 5:14pm

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