|Directed by||Steven R. Monroe|
|Produced by||Lisa Hansen
|Written by||Jason Bourque|
|Music by||Pinar Toprak|
|Cinematography||C. Kim Miles|
|Editing by||Christopher A. Smith|
|Production company||Cinetel Films|
|Running time||89 minutes|
Wyvern is a 2009 Canadian-American made-for-television horror film produced by RHI Entertainment that premiered in the United States on the Syfy Channel on January 1, 2009. Written by Jason Bourque and directed by Steven R. Monroe, the film is the 15th of the Maneater Series produced under an agreement with Sci Fi Pictures. The film stars Nick Chinlund as Jake Suttner, a trucker who must stop a wyvern from eating the residents in the small town of Beaver Mills, Alaska. It was released in Region 1 on DVD on August 18, 2009. It was also released under the alternative title Dragon. In Japan, it is titled: Jurassic Predator.
The small Alaskan town of Beaver Mills is located just north of the Arctic Circle, meaning that the sun does not set during the summer solstice. As the town prepares for its annual celebration of this event, a wyvern is awakened from its prison by the melting of the ice caps, and first attacks a fisherman. Jake (Nick Chinlund), who is new in town, is a handyman fixing the cafe where Claire (Erin Karpluk) works. He hurts his hand and David (David Lewis), the town's doctor, comes to his house to look at it. While driving back to town, David stops in the woods to pee and is attacked by the wyvern. Sheriff Dawson (John Shaw) and Jake are having coffee at the cafe the next morning when they hear gunshots in the woods and go to investigate. It is Haas (Barry Corbin), a redneck who was attacked by the wyvern but managed to survive. They asked him what attacked him but he is unsure of what it was, and just tells them it could fly. On the way back to town, Dawson finds David's arm and then believes Haas. Colonel (Don S. Davis), who has seen the Wyvern from his house, goes in to town to warn everyone, because they are all outside for a festival. No one believes him and he goes to kill it. As Dawson goes to a friend's farm to get help, he radios to his Deputy Susie (Elaine Miles) to watch the town, but she can't understand what he says. Dawson arrives to find his friend dead, and heads back to town. Back at the town, the wyvern comes killing Susie and several other people. Jake, Claire, Haas, and an old crazy lady named Edin (Karen Austin) take shelter in the cafe. Later, Hampton (Tinsel Korey), who runs the towns radio, and Farley (Simon Longmore), just another citizen, make it to the cafe. Sheriff Dawson comes back to town but is killed by the wyvern. Jake and Claire decide to track the wyvern into the woods, where they find the Colonel, and discover the wyvern is killing anyone who tries to leave on the interstate. Jake and Hampton fix the radio tower and try to get help, but no one responds. Farley is injured trying to get supplies. The wyvern then uses David, who is still alive, as bait to get people to come out of the cafe. Jake goes to rescue him, and Farley realizes he wont make it back with David, so he distracts the wyvern to save them, but is eaten. David tells the group the Wyvern has eggs, and then dies from his injuries. The survivors decide to electrify the nest, but the wyvern comes and kills Haas. Jake takes a truck left on the side of the road and, using the eggs as bait, kills the wyvern by driving it off the cliff and bailing out at the last second. Jake, Claire, Colonel, Hampton and Edin head back to the cafe to try to radio for help again.
The film presents its own mythology surrounding the creature. According to Haas, the Wyvern is an ancient beast from Norwegian mythology. Haas further states that the Wyvern was the son of Hel, the goddess of death, who went on a rampage and bit Odin, causing the king of the Norwegian gods to imprison it in ice far to the north.
- Nick Chinlund as Jake Suttner
- Erin Karpluk as Claire
- Barry Corbin as Hass
- Tinsel Korey as Vinyl Hampton
- Elaine Miles as Deputy Susie Barnes
- Simon Longmore as Farley
- John Shaw as Chief Dawson
- Karen Austin as Edna Grunyun
- David Lewis as Dr. David Yates
- Don S. Davis as Colonel Travis Sherman