This weekend’s Jabberwock gives the Syfy creature feature treatment to the insect-headed dragon of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Syfy has posted two clips from the medieval monster movie from I Spit on Your Grave remake director Steven R. Monroe.
Jabberwock stars Michael Worth (“Acapulco H.E.A.T.”, Sasquatch Mountain), Tahmoh Penikett (“Battlestar Galactica”, Trick ‘r Treat), and Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Lake Placid 3). Rafael Jordan (Frost Giant, Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon) and Raul Inglis (Sand Serpents, Goblin) handled the scripting duties.
Here’s a rather spoiler-y synopsis for Jabberwock courtesy of the film’s distributors at American World Pictures that was clearly written by someone who confused the concept of synopsis with treatment. Whoever wrote it also doesn’t have much need for silly things like paragraphs. Believe me, when I start giving grammar lessons, you’ve got problems.
Alec (Michael Worth), a courageous but impetuous knight, returns to his home village having been summoned by his older, more temperate brother Francis (Tahmoh Penikett). Finding Francis working in the family blacksmith shop, Alec learns that their elderly father Reginald is not long for this world. As they walk through the small town exchanging news, they spy two beautiful sisters, Anabel (Kacey Barnfield) and Isabel, whom the brothers have admired for some time. The brothers’ reunion is short-lived as Cid wanders into the village, terrified and half-crazed. As the villagers gather round, Cid recounts a story of his attack by a winged creature. The onlookers scoff in disbelief, one remembering the myth of the fearsome Jabberwocky. As if on cue, the red-eyed monster’s blood-curdling shriek is heard in the distance; the traveler Cid has led it to their peaceful home. The Jabberwocky descends upon them with the body of a dragon, the head of a gruesome insect and deadly claws. Brash Alec draws his sword and charges the beast, but to little effect. Francis joins the fray, convincing his brother of a more tactical approach as they battle together. But even together they are no match. The Jabberwocky snatches Isabel and moves off. At dawn the next day, the men of the village arm themselves and go off in search of the terrible scourge. Alec rides off with them while Francis remains to guard the village and tend to their ailing father. As the hunting party track their quarry, Francis takes to his workshop to fashion a new type of weapon: long and elegant, the prophesied Vorpal Sword. But before he finishes, he regrets his decision to remain behind and hurries to join his brother. Francis arrives just in time to rescue the cornered hunters, but as the group retreats Francis sees Alec is not with them. Fearing the worst, Francis breaks the news to his father. As the Jabberwocky launches a new attack on the village, Reginald seeks retribution for his son Alec, only to fall himself. But all is not lost as the cunning Alec returns having rescued Isabel from the Jabberwocky’s cave. Alec has also stolen one of the Jabberwocky’s eggs, evidence that this monster won’t be the only one of its kind for long. Now the brothers must stand together, wield the Vorpal sword to save their home and the women they love, and avenge their father’s death.
For those that didn’t bother to read that whole thesis and would prefer it summed up in simple terms: Man with magic sword must slay monster that flew off with his girlfriend. How simple was that?
The first clip from Jabberwock depicts how not-so-simple sword-fighting the monster really is. The second clip demonstrates how much more efficient crossbows are when fighting the monster. Maybe they should have looked into getting hold of an enchanted crossbow instead.
Jabberwock premieres this Saturday night on Syfy at 9/8 Central with the usual late night replay a few hours later.
Look at it this way. The Jabberwock is taken from one of the most famous nonsense poems ever written so if the movie turns out to be nonsense, it can at least be said it was staying true to its source material.
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