The residents of a small Alaskan town find themselves under attack by a flying reptile known in medieval mythology as a Wyvern. It has thawed from its ancient slumber by melting icecaps caused by global warming.
They Find a Live Dragon in small town Alaska
As Sci-Fi Channel B-movies go, this is a good one. It is neatly paced and doesn't drag, and the characters, although clichéd, are well-played and likable. The basic premise is that a very small, remote town in Alaska is terrorized by the appearance of a wyvern (a non-fire-breathing dragon, for those who care).
Don S. Davis appears in one of his last roles as the Colonel, a machine-gun toting, beer-sipping retired military man whose warnings that there's something weird in the woods aren't believed until it's too late. Cowboy Hall of Fame character actor Barry Corbin also appears as Haas, a redneck who comes face to face with the title creature early on.
Nick Chinlund, as the truck-driving hero Jake, is adequately rugged and resourceful, but the real charmer here is Erin Karpluk as the gutsy waitress Claire. She is captivating, no-nonsense, and naturally pretty, and brings an otherwise mundane role to sparkling life.
"Wyvern" also makes many sly references to the TV show "Northern Exposure." Casting Elaine Miles ("Marilyn Whirlwind" in Northern Exposure) in the role of a sheriff's deputy is a sure tip-off. Ms. Miles remains laconically funny as ever. The presence of the character of a doctor who is from out of town is another tip of the hat.
"Wyvern" is definitely a B-movie, no doubt. However, it's much more tightly paced and entertaining than your usual Sci-Fi TV feature. The cast also brings a sense of realism and believability by their refusal to overact. The wyvern itself, although computer generated, is decently done, and its appearance is carefully timed for maximum impact. You could find worse ways to waste your time than this movie. And keep an eye on Erin Karpluk; given the right roles she could emerge as an actor to reckon with. Fair dragon-on-the-loose adventure, set in modern-day Alaska. A mythological Norwegian beast turns out to be very real as it attacks a small wilderness town. The beast itself is nothing special, a typical CGI creation that looks like a cross between a dragon and a winged canine. But the plot moves along briskly enough (with a wink and a nod to JAWS in the form of a town festival taking place while the monster is on the loose), and this low-budget TV movie is graced by the presence of not one but two veteran character actors, Barry Corbin and Don Davis. Corbin has been in many movies and co-starred in the wonderful TV series, NORTHERN EXPOSURE. Davis is perhaps best known for his role in the original STARGATE TV series. They give this slight monster movie some measure of gravitas. The residents of Beaver Mills, a small town in northern Alaska, find themselves under attack by a wyvern, thawed from the Arctic icecaps thanks to global warming. Wyvern is an original TV movie written for the SyFy channel by Jason Bourque as part of their Maneater film series. No. Wyvern is neither a tribute, a sequel, nor a parody of the TV series Northern Exposure (1990) (1990-1995), although the similarities and connections are unmistakable. Two of the main characters, backwoods redneck Haas and Deputy Susie, are played respectively by Northern Exposure veterans Barry Corbin, who played Maurice Minnifield, and Elaine Miles, who played Marilyn Whirlwind. Beyond that, the connections are fetching, e.g., there is New York Doctor David Yates (David Lewis) (reminiscent of Dr Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow)), ice trucker Jake Buttner (Nick Chinlund) who lives in a trailer (similar to Chris Stevens (John Corbett)), and one of the elderly residents has a deceased friend named Maggie. Beaver Mills has a radio station, KYOF (remember KBER?). The town has a totem pole reminiscent of the totem in Cicely. Even the moose makes an appearance, although in a slightly altered way. A wyvern is a mythical flying reptilian dragon, akin to a serpent with a barbed tail. Several origins for the wyvern, aka wivern, have been presented, but the film makes up its own mythology. According to Haas, the Wyvern is an ancient beast from Norwegian mythology, son of Hel, the goddess of death. The wyvern went on a rampage and bit Odin, so he imprisoned it in ice far to the north. When the survivors find out that the wyvern has three eggs in its nest, Jake, Claire (Erin Karpluk), Hampton (Tinsel Korey), and the Colonel (Don S. Davis) steal one of the eggs and load it into the back of a pickup. On the way back to town, they find an abandoned 10-wheeler cab, and Jake discovers that it's his replacement truck. They strap the egg to the cab, and Jake drives off alone. About two miles from his GPS destination, the wyvern catches up with him and begins to attack the rig, but Jake keeps on trucking until he reaches his destination—a high cliff. At the last minute, he jumps out of the cab. It drives itself over the cliff, wyvern and all, falls on the wyvern and explodes, killing it. In the final scene, Jake returns to the Beaver Pelt Cafe and is welcomed back. Wyvern has most frequently been compared to Tremors (1990) (1990), in which residents of a small desert town in Nevada are being picked off by huge wormlike creatures that live underground. Other movies in which residents are forced to band together to defeat monsters outside their doors include The Mist (2007) (2007), in which residents holed up in a grocery store must defeat monsters that have come through an interdimensional rift, and 30 Days of Night (2007) (2007), in which a group of vampires invade another small town in northern Alaska. 646f9e108c
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