Directed by Tobe Hooper
A crazy veteran's backwoods hotel comes complete with a hungry, hungry crocodile in Tobe Hooper's fearsome follow up to THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. But the killer croc's not the only horror icon in this twisted tale - Hooper also cast the original Morticia Addams, Carolyn Jones, scream queen Marilyn Burns, and future Freddy Krueger Robert Englund in supporting roles. Using a wild beast instead of a man with a chainsaw, Hooper serves up another chilling cautionary tale about pissing off the wrong folks when traveling through the wild backcountry of America.
A crazy veteran's backwoods hotel comes complete with a hungry, hungry crocodile.
Cast: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Robert Englund
I think Tobe Hooper got lucky with Texas Chainsaw massacre (which I genuinely enjoy). Eaten Alive is essentially the same formula but its a chore to watch. Is it a surreal, grimy nightmare by design or is it just a ropey, poorly scripted/acted 90 minutes with a crappy rubber alligator? Even the notable actresses/actors can't excuse this flop. 3/10
Good chomping action
Croc eats people. Thumbs up.
While I like Texas Chainsaw Massacre better, I find Eaten Alive to be completely satisfying. It's a wonderfully theatrical experience, as if we are watching the whole thing as a stage play with weird lighting and over-the-top (but convincing) performances. Hooper always evokes a strong sense of the location where his narratives are occurring. If only Shudder could somehow secure rights to the weird-but-charming "Apartment Complex" ...which was originally on Showtime and briefly available on VHS tape...
Noy a great follow up to TCM