On the list of weird '90s movies, Tammy and the T-Rex stands out for both straight-up absurdity and downright awfulness. In terms of blockbuster hits, it's one of the worst movies ever made. Don't be confused by the title, this is no Jurassic Park. However, in terms of cult movies and terrible classics, this movie is almost impressive for its sheer reptilian weirdness. Honored as one of the most horrible '90s movies, the movie follows teenaged couple Tammy (Denise Richards) and Michael (Paul Walker) on a trippy, psychosexual animatronic dinosaur adventure. When Michael gets killed in freak lion accident (wait, it gets weirder) his brain is transferred to the body of a robotic dinosaur. He then uses said body to get revenge on his high school bullies (who also basically caused his lion-death) while trying to outrun both the police and the mad scientists who created the robo-dino.
During their shenanigans, Tammy and her titular T. rex commit tons of bloody murder, conduct multiple body-snatching attempts, and get mixed up in high-speed police chases. And while that sounds objectively interesting, wait until you pair it with eye-scorching CGI, wildly out of place sexual energy, and utterly painful acting. Mix it all together, and you get the whimsically horrible action/romance/sci-fi cocktail that is Tammy and the T-Rex.
Where Did That Lion Come From?
In the beginning of the film, after a rousing round of mutual testicular torture, Michael ultimately gets overpowered by Billy (Tammy's ex-boyfriend/a complete psychopath) and his gang, and they throw him into a wild animal sanctuary. The sanctuary is replete with loose lions and jaguars, so Billy clearly set out to murder Michael.
Now, why there isn't extensive security blocking hooligans from running amuck in a wild animal park, and how Michael escaped from the lion mauling before dying, will just have to remain a movie mystery. The next time we see him, he's in a coma, being watched over in the hospital by his drunken uncle.
The Main Characters Have No Problem With Grave Robbing
So, the plot of Tammy and the T. rex revolves around main character Michael having his brain transplanted from his dying human body into that of a robotic T. rex. As soon as Michael's friends learn his brain lives on inside of said T. rex, they hatch a scheme to get him back into a normal body.
From the start, a staple of this plan involves stealing a dead body to reanimate. When their initial plan to steal Michael's original body doesn't work out, they simply go to the morgue to get him a new one. Of course, there is zero discussion about the ghoulish implications around snatching a corpse because, hey, wacky '90s hijinks.
Michael's Body Becomes Infested With Bugs And Rats Immediately
After Michael's funeral, as soon as they lower his casket, his crowd of mourners disperse. Well, except for his friends trying to steal his body. When they open his casket, to their horror, they find that the body is crawling with maggots and deep in the process of decomposition.
Then, the rats come. Tons of rats. As soon as his corpse entered the ground, pests were apparently instantly and irrevocably attracted to his mostly-fresh body. It's as grotesque as it is empirically improbable, and it's easily the most bizarre tonal shift of the entire film.
A Living Brain Somehow Is Able To Go On Living In A Robotic Dinosaur
The T. rex in Tammy and the T-Rex is no "ordinary" T. rex, as it runs on human brains. Through a freak act of '90s tom-foolery, mad scientists extract Michael's brain from his comatose body and hook it up to their robot dinosaur. Of course, no scientific explanation is proffered as to how a human brain can stay functional in a non-organic host, and at this point, as a viewer, you just sort of have to go with the flow lest you get drowned in insanity.