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* DiabolusExNihilo: The titular beast. The film is a typical generic Western for the first three quarters, and then, out of nowhere, a dinosaur attacks.

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* DiabolusExNihilo: The titular beast. The film is a typical generic Western for the first three quarters, and then, out of nowhere, a dinosaur attacks. If one wasn't aware of the title or pitched premise one would be left iwth the impression that some crazy [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executive]] [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs shoehorned a T rex]] into an otherwise ordinary Mexican romance.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The theropod dinosaur is seen lifting a man... indeed, it appears to be ''strangling'' him... with its tiny little arms.


* DiabolusExMachina: The titular beast. The film is a typical generic Western for the first three quarters, and then, out of nowhere, a dinosaur attacks.

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* DiabolusExMachina: DiabolusExNihilo: The titular beast. The film is a typical generic Western for the first three quarters, and then, out of nowhere, a dinosaur attacks.

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* GratuitousSpanish: Almost every sentence, ''especially'' from Jimmy. Which wouldn't be too bad if he didn't have about 8 different ways of pronouncing his best friend Felipe's name, all of them wrong (usually settling in somewhere around "Fellupy", as in rhymes with Penelope).

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* TheLoad: Pancho is such a pathetic waste of a human being that Panchito, his young son, takes care of him rather than the reverse.

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* EnemyMine: When the dinosaur pops up during Jimmy and Enrique's climactic showdown, they immediately call an unspoken truce.


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* KarmaHoudini: Subverted, but only barely. For all of Enrique's {{Jerkass}} tendencies throughout the movie, and even at the end when he bluntly (and remorselessly) confesses to his outright villainy, the other characters never give him more than a mild rebuke. He even seems on the verge of making peace with Jimmy during their EnemyMine moment at the climax. [[spoiler:The dinosaur thinks differently. Exit Enrique.]]


[[caption-width-right:300:"I was expecting something hairier, like a yeti, or a chupacabra...."]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:"I [[caption-width-right:300:"[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 I was expecting something hairier, like a yeti, or a chupacabra....chupacabra]]...."]]

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* HairTriggerTemper: Enrique's main problem. While Jimmy is legitimately doing things like undercutting Enrique's business and hitting on his fiancee, Enrique massively overreacts to all of it. He screams at his fiancee just for talking to the guy, starts fist fights in the middle of town, and at the end plans to start a cattle stampede in the middle of town just to get the better of his rival. Sarita probably wouldn't even be tempted to spend so much time with Jimmy if Enrique wasn't such a complete ass.


* HesJustHiding: In-universe: Panchito adamantly refuses to believe that [[spoiler: his father is dead and goes into the Hollow Mountain in search of him]]. It nearly results in him being killed by the dinosaur.

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* HesJustHiding: In-universe: Panchito adamantly refuses to believe that [[spoiler: his father is dead and goes into the Hollow Mountain in search of him]]. It nearly results in him being killed by the dinosaur. It's not helped by Jimmy outright lying to him,[[spoiler: insisting that his father is still alive and wandering the swamp, but that Panchito can't go look for him.]]


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero:[[spoiler: Jimmy is afraid of hurting Panchito by telling him the truth about his father's death, and instead insists that Pancho is still alive and searching the swamp for his lost cattle, and tells everyone else to tell him this too. As a direct result, Panchito runs into the swamp to search for his father and almost becomes the Beast's lunch. By the time someone does finally tell him the truth, he's become so convinced in the lie that he can't possibly believe it. To be fair, Panchito might have refused to believe it even if he wasn't lied to, but Jimmy's lies certainly didn't help.]]


* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Much like fellow ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''-riffed movie ''Film/{{Avalanche}},'' the movie is mostly spent on introducing the characters and their relationships with each other before the eponymous beast actually appears in full in the last act. In fact you could cut the monster out ''entirely'' and the only plot hole would be how Enrique died.

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* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Much like fellow ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''-riffed movie ''Film/{{Avalanche}},'' the movie is mostly spent on introducing the characters and their relationships with each other before the eponymous beast actually appears in full in the last act. In fact you could cut the monster out ''entirely'' and the only plot hole would be how Pancho and Enrique died.

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* LivingDinosaurs: Turns out that a Tyrannosaurus Rex was living in Hollow Montain.


* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Much like fellow MST3K-riffed movie ''Film/{{Avalanche}},'' the movie is mostly spent on introducing the characters and their relationships with each other before the eponymous beast actually appears in full in the last act. In fact you could cut the monster out ''entirely'' and the only plot hole would be how Enrique died.

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* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Much like fellow MST3K-riffed ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''-riffed movie ''Film/{{Avalanche}},'' the movie is mostly spent on introducing the characters and their relationships with each other before the eponymous beast actually appears in full in the last act. In fact you could cut the monster out ''entirely'' and the only plot hole would be how Enrique died.

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* GenreShift: The first two thirds of the movie is a standard western drama. It doesn't become a monster movie until the final act.

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* DiabolusExMachina: The titular beast. The film is a typical generic Western for the first three quarters, and then, out of nowhere, a dinosaur attacks.


* LeftHanging: The movie abruptly ends after the defeat of the dinosaur, with no details about what happened to the surviving main characters [[spoiler: (such as Jimmy, Sarita, or Panchito)]] afterwards, or how the people back in town react to [[spoiler: Enrique's death]] or even if Panchito ever accepted [[spoiler: his father's death]].



* LeftHanging: The movie abruptly ends after the defeat of the dinosaur, with no details about what happened to the surviving main characters [[spoiler: (such as Jimmy, Sarita, or Panchito)]] afterwards, or how the people back in town react to [[spoiler: Enrique's death]] or even if Panchito ever accepted [[spoiler: his father's death]].

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