Minotaur (2005) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Scoop's notes

The Minotaur is TV film made for the Sci-Fi network. It is a dark and gloomy-looking reworking of the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, and it stayed reasonably faithful to the shell of the familiar mythological story, but added its own embellishments. For example, the people from Crete seemed to spend all their time inhaling some mind-altering gas from their scary bull masks.

The film received a fairly good reception from the genre reviewers. Many of them praised the F/X used to create a realistic monster. I can see their point. The Minotaur did look like a really big and scary bull, and it moved realistically. Given a minimal budget, the look of the film isn't bad either. And let us also acknowledge some good DVD features for a TV movie: a full-length commentary from the director and editor, an excellent widescreen anamorphic transfer, and a few extended and/or deleted scenes.

Unfortunately the script included neither interesting dialogue nor a compelling storyline, so it was not my personal cup of tea. It seemed to be targeting the kiddie crowd because the team wasn't going for subtlety here. Tony Todd, ol' Candyman himself, playing the King of Crete, turned a performance so hammy and so lacking in nuance that it would have embarrassed Michael Rooker. Candyman chewed so much scenery that he affected the global availability of scenery. Several Third World countries have since reported significant starvation among bad actors.

One IMDb commenter had Todd's performance pegged perfectly:

I did derive a bit of pleasure from trying to sort out all the different influences on Todd's portrayal of the "psycho" potentate. It's Frank Booth ("Blue Velvet") meets Thulsa Doom ("Conan the Barbarian"), with a bit of Jabba the Hutt thrown in for good measure. Until you've seen someone taking a "hit" off a cattle skull, you haven't seen good cinema.

To have any appeal beyond the Sci-Fi channel audience, the film really needed a few lightbulbs, some humor, multi-dimensional characters, and some human interest.



  • full-length commentary from the director and editor
  • some deleted and extended scenes



Shiva Gholamianzadeh showed her breasts and bum as she stood naked before the bull-god.

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I did make it through the film with the occasional aid of the blessed fast-forward button, and there was some enthusiasm from some of the genre reviewers, so I suppose a C- is the right grade on our scale.

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