When an American oil company sets up an experimental drilling plant out in the vast deserts of Mongolia, they awaken a nest. The deadly creatures begin to breed and spread, devouring everyone in their path. The only person who can stop them is treasure hunter and adventure seeker who spent his life searching for a legendary tomb, fabled to be protected by the Death Worms. He knows he must do what he can to kill the creatures, but stopping these monsters may mean destroying his life's work forever!
Directed by: Steven R. Monroe
. Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery
, Victoria Pratt
, George Cheung
, Drew Waters
, Matthew Tompkins
, Nate Rubin
, Jon Mack
, Tiger Sheu
, Ryan Manalansan
, Cheryl Chin
, Billy Blair
, Jay Serra
, Fouatchao Moua
. Music by: Emir Isilay
, Pinar Toprak
Mongolian Death Worm is set in Mongolia where Daniel (Sean Patrick Flanery) has spent the last six years searching for the legendary lost tomb of Ghengis Khan & the treasures it supposedly holds, while following up a lead in the middle of the Mongolian desert Daniel is persuaded to give a lift to two young volunteer doctor's Alicia (Victoria Pratt) & Phil (Nate Rubin) who were on their way to an isolated village to treat the sick when their car broke down. Meanwhile the workers at a nearby oil refinery plant have started to mysteriously disappear, local Mongolian legends point to the Death Worm & fear spreads through the workforce. Daniel discovers that the unearthing of the tomb has awoken a nest of Death Worms that are now eating everyone they come across & breeding at a fast rate, Daniel & Alicia know that they have to destroy the Death Worm nest even if it means Daniel sees his search & treasure go up in flames...
Co-written & directed by Steven R. Monroe who recently helmed the rather brutal & better than expected I Spit on Your Grave (2010) remake as well as other Sy-Fy Channel 'classics' such as Storm Cell (2008) & Ice Twisters (2009) this made for television creature feature has all the associated negatives but none of the positives. The script is as lazy (an entire oil drilling planet can be shut down & blown up by simply turning three valves?) & boring (hardly anything happens) as they come & just feels like a straight rip-off of the infinitely better giant Worm under the ground flick Tremors (1990), all the usual clichés are here with dull character's & a plot that relegates the Mongolian Death Worm to little more than a subplot. The majority of the script concentrates on the effort to get help to the sick village, Daniel's treasure hunting with a volt meter & the problems facing the boss of the oil plant as his workers leave & the Death Worms cause havoc for the machinery underground. It's all really dull stuff, at just over 80 minutes long Mongolian Death Worm feels twice that, there's no sense of urgency or excitement & the various plots about lost tombs, giant Worms & sick villages never really come together with any purpose. Mongolian Death Worm is just a very unsatisfying, boring, predictable & clichéd low budget creature feature that doesn't even have any decent monster action. Pair this up with Sand Serpents (2009) for a really horrible double bill, if you dare!
The Tremors comparisons don't end with just the plot, the Mongolian Death Worms themselves look a lot like the monsters from Tremors with the expanding mouths & grabbing tongues that draw it's prey into it waiting mouth. A few people are eaten but there's no gore & there's no build-up to the attacks or anything special about them. It's all rather bland as a Mongolian Death Worm will just appear, roar a bit, grab someone & them just slither off again. The CGI effects vary from average to very poor, I have seen worse computer effects work but I wouldn't exactly call the effects good. In fact Tremors made some twenty odd years previously has more impressive effects work than this. I've never been to Mongolia but I am sure it's nothing like this, I mean wouldn't some Mongolians actually live there? Would the local cop drive around in a brand new four by four with 'Sheriff' written on the side in English & wear a stupid cowboy hat?
Apparently shot in Texas you can tell the makers never went anywhere near Mongolia, the whole thing has that cheap Sy-Fy Channel look to it & is instantly forgettable. The acting is pretty bad, Sean Patrick Flanery is the name in the cast but is probably only here for the money.
Mongolian Death Worm is a bad film, it's a bad Tremors rip-off that feels dated even though it was only made last year. Throughly predictable with bad CGI & a boring plot Mongolian Death Worm is one to avoid.
Review by poolandrews from the Internet Movie Database.