Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Primeval (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Primeval” is a horror-adventure film released in 2007, directed by Michael Katleman. The movie stars Dominic Purcell as Tim Manfrey, Brooke Langton as Aviva Masters, and Orlando Jones as Steven Johnson.

The story is loosely based on the true-life story of Gustave, a giant and notorious man-eating crocodile in Burundi, Africa. In the film, an American news crew led by Tim Manfrey travels to Burundi to capture and document the legendary crocodile.

Upon arriving in Africa, the crew teams up with a local wildlife expert, Aviva Masters, and a cynical cameraman, Steven Johnson. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey into the dangerous marshlands to find and capture the massive crocodile.

As they get closer to their prey, the team faces perilous challenges, including tribal conflicts, political unrest, and the ferocity of the monstrous reptile they seek to capture. The expedition becomes a life-and-death struggle as they confront the deadly creature and confront their own personal demons.

“Primeval” blends elements of horror, adventure, and suspense, creating a tense and thrilling experience as the characters fight for survival against the deadly crocodile and the dangers of the African wilderness.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for its tense atmosphere and intense sequences but criticism for its formulaic plot and character development.

“Primeval” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a suspenseful and creature-driven horror-adventure film that delivers thrills and excitement. It remains a thrilling and engaging movie that taps into the primal fear of encountering a deadly predator in the wild and showcases the harrowing risks of wildlife documentary filmmaking.

Additional Details


  • Dominic Purcell: Tim Manfrey
  • Brooke Langton: Aviva Masters
  • Orlando Jones: Steven Johnson
  • Jürgen Prochnow: Jacob Krieg
  • Gideon Emery: Matt Collins
  • Gabriel Malema: Jojo
  • Dumisani Mbebe: Harry / Little Gustave
  • Patrick Lyster: Roger Sharpe
  • Linda Mpondo: Gold Tooth
  • Ernest Ndhlovu: Shaman
  • Thandi Nugbani: Shaman’s wife
  • Kgmotoso Motlosi: Shaman’s son
  • Walter Emanuel Jones: Voice


  • Director: Michael Katleman
  • Producer: Gavin Polone
  • Writers: John Brancato and Michael Ferris

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