Film / Frankenfish

Frankenfish is a 2004 horror film by Mark A.Z. Dippé, the director of Spawn.

In the film, when the body of a man is found decayed in the swamps in Louisiana, medical investigator Sam Rivers is assigned to investigate the murder. He travels with the biologist Mary Callahan to the location where the victim lived in a floating house, and he meets the victim's family and friends. Sam and Mary find that Chinese snakeheads, genetically engineered and belonging to a wealthy hunter, are attacking and killing the locals. While the group fights to survive, the hunter Jeff arrives with his team to hunt the predators.

The film includes the following tropes:

  • Black Dude Dies First: The black dude and his girlfriend actually survive to the end of the film.
  • Franken X
  • Necro Non Sequitur: The main action takes place on houseboats, through a complicated series of events there ends up being an unoccupied houseboat, on fire, with various weapons laying on it. Just as one character on another houseboat starts explaining how they have a plan to escape, the heat from the fire causes one of the guns lying on the deck to go off, shooting that character in the face.
  • Recycled In Space: It really feels like a straight-faced take on Tremors in the swamps.
  • Sequel Hook: The fish have babies!