PEGASUS VS. CHIMERA
Pegasus vs. Chimera is no different. Its title seems to be a quick attempt to incorporate the fad for versus films that we had following Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009) and a variety of other B-budget monster movies premised around throwing together either hybrid creatures or ridiculous fights. Pegasus vs. Chimera is routine in all regards. The plot features epic destinies a king conjuring creatures of darkness to kill while seeking the secrets of immortality; the good guys encountering a magician who works for the forces of light and draws a pegasus down from the stars to aid them in their conflict; the end of the world dependent on whether the pegasus is killed or not. Despite its epic reach, the film has a underwhelming mundanity of delivery the chimera killing an entire kingdom amounts to no more than a couple of peasants in the woods; the resistance consists of half-a-dozen people gathered in a cave; the pegasus scenes consist of the actors pretending (badly) to sway about on horseback.
Pegasus vs. Chimera is not bad, just uninspired. The creature effects are competent, no more, no less. John Bradshaw, a regular in the arena of the cable-made tv movie, directs with the disinterested lack of effort. He is only churning out filler material and knows it. None of the scenes generate the slightest tension or excitement. French-born actor Sebastian Roche is far too polite and quiet spoken to do the role of the quintessential Man of the People blacksmith turned hero, while Nazneen Contractor is another starlet with so little presence she could just be an extra in the background. On the other side of the coin, Carlo Rota launches into his bad guy role with the hamminess of week-old pork.
John Bradshaw has been a regular director of B-budget Canadian thrillers and action films for video and cable. His other genre outings include Specimen (1996), Breakout (1998), Killing Moon (1999), Reaper (2000) and They Come Back (2007), as well as a host of Christmas fantasies.
Chesler-Perlmutter, headed by Lewis Chesler and David B. Perlmutter, have produced a number of genre productions, almost all for tv with the likes of the anthology tv series The Hitchhiker (1983-6) and films such as Model By Day (1994), Hostile Intent (1997), Bone Daddy (1998), Aliens in the Wild, Wild West (1999), The Excalibur Kid (1999), Teenage Space Vampires (1999), Zebra Lounge (2001), Cybermutt (2002), Still Small Voices (2006), They Come Back (2007), Red: Werewolf Hunter (2010), Aladdin and the Death Lamp (2012) and Witchslayer Gretl (2012), among others.