Theatrical Release: January 12, 2007


In one of the most remote places on earth, a bloodthirsty serial killer has claimed over 300 victims, and is still at large to this day. Now, inspired by the true story of the world’s most prolific killer, comes PRIMEVAL, a nail-biting horror-thriller that follows an American news crew determined to capture this terrifying murderer alive. The danger begins as producer Tim Freeman (DOMINIC PURCELL, “Prison Break”), cameraman Steven Johnson (ORLANDO JONES) and their rag-tag team set out on a journey up-river in search of their subject. But the deeper they probe into the mystery of this elusive assassin, the deadlier their trip becomes.

Dove Review

Although this is a fairly gory film, at least there is somewhat of a moral to the story; “Primeval” is a cheesy, predictable attempt at combining “Jaws” and “Hotel Rwanda.” In one scene, a journalist describes how years of murders in the name of a civil war have given a killer crocodile a taste for human blood. In that way, he says, we create our own monsters. Despite the film’s attempts to show human courage by having a group of journalists hunted down by a militia group and a giant man-eating crocodile, somehow “Primeval” falls short of being inspiring. The computerized crocodile is laughable as it chases people through the bush, and the attempts to politicize a killer-crocodile movie seem very out of place. Many people are killed in this film, either by being shot or eaten by the crocodile, and in both cases horrified bystanders are splattered with blood and gore. “Primeval” is not approved by Dove.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Sexual reference; woman sexually assaulted.
Language: F-16; B-2; S-1; A-7; H-4; D-5; J-1; OG/OMG-3.
Violence: Several people graphically chewed by crocodile; child attacked by crocodile; half-rotted corpses shown; several partially-eaten bodies and body parts shown; numerous people shot throughout film (graphic); man decapitated with machete; woman and child shot; man hit by car; man stabbed; man beaten; man thrown against tree; woman burned with cigar; man tries to drown a couple of people.
Drugs: Several people drink beer throughout film; man smokes cigar; man smokes substance out of large pipe (as part of a religious ritual).
Nudity: Cleavage
Other: None


Company: Touchstone Pictures
Writer: John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris
Producer: Gavin Polone
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 94 min.
Reviewer: Samantha Kubik