A genetically-engineered sabretooth tiger, created to prove the viability of cloning human organs for medical research, gets freed when the truck carrying it crashes into a Californian park. The woman who created it & her boss decide to hire Thatcher, a hunter who has experience with big cats, to capture it, but tell him that he's hunting an African lion. Together they head off to track down & hopefully capture the tiger. But while they are tracking it, the sabretooth has some tracking of its own prey a group of campers on a training course in the wilderness.
James D. R. Hickox (who does a cameo in the film as a silent hillbilly playing cards) is a director who is the youngest son of Douglas Hickox, the director of the Vincent Price classic THEATRE OF BLOOD & the younger brother of Anthony Hickox of HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH fame. James has followed his father & brother into the directing business & seems to specialise in B-grade monster flicks.
Sabretooth is a most unusual JAWS knockoff. For one, it has a unique monster a sabretooth tiger cloned for medical research. Sabretooth tigers (think Diego from the Ice Age films) lived & died out something like 10,000 years ago. They were known as exceptional killers & had teeth that were at least a foot long. I went into Sabretooth expecting a silly monster flick like the director's previous film, the monster crocodile film BLOOD SURF, which I have previewed recently. Well, it was silly at times but was a considerably better film than Blood Surf. James is improving his skill at this sort of thing.
Sabretooth is not anything close to being a classic film but is an enjoyably silly & passable monster flick. The sabretooth is realised by close-up animatronic head & laughably mediocre CGI. The exercise is conducted in poker-face seriousness, which makes the antics on screen even more hilarious. Not just that, but the acting is good, with input from David Keith as the chisel-jawed hero of the piece & the legendary John Rhys-Davies, who has starred in classics like the Indiana Jones films & the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as numerous B-grade action & genre films like CYBORG COP to give an example. Speaking of Cyborg Cop, another of that film's actors makes an appearance in this one Todd Jensen, who played one of the cyborgs in Cyborg Cop, does a cameo as a horny guy who gets ripped apart by the sabretooth through his front door. And it's quite hard to hate a film where a guy takes on the sabretooth in melee combat armed with a pair of knives.
Review by DigitalRevenantX7 from the Internet Movie Database.