‘Tammy and the T-Rex’ Might Just Be Your New Midnight Movie Obsession [Fantastic Fest 2019]

/Film | 9/21/2019 | Matt Donato
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Tammy And The T-Rex is a tale as old as prehistoric time. Boy meets girl. Girl falls in love with boy. Girl’s punk ex-boyfriend kidnaps her new crush and leaves him to be mauled by lions in a wildlife park. Wounded boy is stolen by a crazed genius, has his brain removed, then implanted into an animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. Boy, now a Jurassic Park prop, goes on a deadly rampage in order to win back his lover and reclaim a new body. Shakespear meets Mary Shelley meets 90s slapstick comedy.

Stewart Raffill, what have you done.

Background - Tammy - T-Rex - Rom-com - Vinegar

To provide a little background, Tammy And The T-Rex has only existed as a PG-13 rom-com until now. Vinegar Syndrome restored Raffill’s gonzo date-night amalgamation for a 4K home release, but also discovered that Raffill cut an R-rated version filled with gore by effects guru John Carl Buechler. All those off-screen deaths are now delicious sights to behold, from decapitations to guttings complete with inards spilled everywhere. In the movie about a girl who’s sexually attracted to a rubberized dinosaur.

We’ve got another Demon Wind scenario on our hands, readers. This is not a drill. I repeat. Tammy And The T-Rex might just be your new midnight movie obsession.

Bat - Raffill - Sense - Humor - Age

Off the bat, let me confirm that Raffill’s sense of humor did not age incredibly well when it comes to homophobic satire or racial commentaries. You can make the case it was 1994, but as my audience mumbled “Oooof” more than once, expect to do the same. Subtlety is not Raffill’s forte, which mostly translates into oversexualized zaniness and hamfisted romantic beats that are only ever of the most audacious variety (because, well, they’re between a woman and fake T-Rex). That said, the few moments that bomb (“F” word usage included) are a byproduct of the times that I...
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