Sunday, August 16, 2009
Eaten Alive (1977) aka Death Trap
Tagline: He's out there and he's got murder on his mind!
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Written by: Kim Henkel, Alvin L. Fast
Actors include: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Marilyn Burns
Length: 91 minutes
I truly expected a heck of a lot more, I mean this is the Tobe Hooper film that follows The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. In fact this one even has Marilyn Burns in it, and an early appearance from Robert Englund. The idea is that a scummy jerk of a hotel owner has a crocodile in the backyard and he feeds it...human flesh! Mr. owner dude seems to enjoy stabbing at people with a pitchfork (in cutaway death style), in fact streams of ketchup are pretty much all you'll get to see aside from the odd flash of a rubber croc. It's extremely low budget though it works for TCM here it only makes this even more dull. See what is awesome about TCM is that it feels real, this feels anything but. The folks who come to stay at this hotel are a whore in a wig, a couple (Burns in a bad wig and weirdo husband) with a kid (who was Alicia in Little House on the Prairie), then later the sister and father of whore in wig. I'm not sure why all the cheap wigs but "why" is a big problem with the entire movie. See when the couple with the small girl show up, they are to use the restroom. While waiting their dog is eaten by a croc, instead of leaving (which is the only response that makes sense) they take a room? That is only one of my many problems with this one. Englund is rather funny as a redneck to likes anal sex, but he's far from enough to save this dull picture. If nothing more it's slightly better than Big Alligator River, but it's no Alligator.
Availability: On DVD