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Eaten Alive -- The Starlight, a decrepit hotel run by Judd (Neville Brand), receives few customers. Perhaps it's the remote location in the Texas bayous or the man-eating crocodile in the backyard. But one steamy night finds the Starlight visited by a runaway prostitute (Roberta Collins, Death Race 2000), a young couple (Marilyn Burns and William Finley) and their child (Kyle Richards, Halloween), a dying father and his daughter (Mel Ferrer and Crystin Sinclaire), and sex-obsessed Buck (Robert Englund, A Nightmare on Elm Street), all of whom will experience an unforgettable night of terror.


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Alvin L. Fast (written by) and
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Release Date:
13 May 1977 (USA) See more »
He's out there and he's got murder on his mind! See more »
A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Neville Brand ... Judd

Mel Ferrer ... Harvey Wood

Carolyn Jones ... Miss Hattie

Marilyn Burns ... Faye

William Finley ... Roy

Stuart Whitman ... Sheriff Martin
Roberta Collins ... Clara

Kyle Richards ... Angie

Robert Englund ... Buck
Crystin Sinclaire ... Libby Wood

Janus Blythe ... Lynette (as Janus Blyth)
Betty Cole ... Ruby
Sig Sakowicz ... Deputy Girth
Ronald W. Davis ... Country Boy
Christine Schneider ... Waitress

David Hayward ... The Cowboy
David Carson ... Marlo (as David 'Goat' Carson)
Lincoln Kibbee ... First Guy in Bar
James Galanis ... Second Guy in Bar
Tarja Leena Halinen ... Miss Hattie's Girl
Caren White ... Miss Hattie's Girl
Valerie Lukecart ... Miss Hattie's Girl
Jeanne Reichert ... Miss Hattie's Girl
Scuffy ... Snoopy

Directed by
Tobe Hooper 
Writing credits
Alvin L. Fast (written by) and
Mohammed Rustam (written by) (as Mardi Rustam)

Kim Henkel (screen adaptation)

Produced by
Alvin L. Fast .... co-producer
Larry Huly .... associate producer
Robert A. Kanto .... associate producer (as Robert Kantor)
Mohammed Rustam .... executive producer
Mohammed Rustam .... producer (as Mardi Rustam)
Samir Rustam .... associate producer
Original Music by
Wayne Bell 
Tobe Hooper 
Cinematography by
Robert Caramico (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Brown 
Casting by
Edward R. Morse  (as Eddie Morse)
Art Direction by
Marshall Reed 
Set Decoration by
Michael Wiegand  (as Mike Wiegand)
Makeup Department
Craig Reardon .... hair stylist
Craig Reardon .... makeup artist
Beth Rogers .... hair stylist
Beth Rogers .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sheldon Lee .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jefferson Kibbee .... second assistant director (as Jeff Kibbee)
Louie Lawless .... second assistant director
Ron Smith .... first assistant director
Art Department
Richard Gillis .... assistant property master
Marshall Reed .... set designer
Sound Department
Lowell Brown .... boom operator
Jean Clark .... boom operator
Bob Dietz .... production sound mixer
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jay Harding)
William L. Manger .... sound effects (as Bill Manger)
Special Effects by
Robert A. Mattey .... special effects: crocodiles (as Rob Mattey)
Ken Speed .... special effects (uncredited)
Paula Crist .... stunt double
Von Deming .... stunt coordinator
Andy Epper .... stunt double
Gary Epper .... stunt double
Jeannie Epper .... stunt double (as Jeanie Epper)
Donna Garrett .... stunt double
Minor Mustain .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Vic Alexander .... second assistant camera (as Victor Alexander)
Jack Beckett .... camera operator: second unit
Jim Bowie .... best boy
Hedy Dietz .... still photographer (as Heddy Dietz)
Rich Foster .... gaffer
Rick Foster .... gaffer
Dennis Glas .... grip (as Dennis Glass)
Gary Graver .... grip (as Robbie McClure)
Lee Heckler .... gaffer
Ken Kerr .... grip
Ann McDonald .... assistant photographer
Michael Donovan O'Donnell .... key grip (as Michael Donavan O'Donnell)
Anthony R. Palmieri .... first assistant camera (as Tony Palmieri)
Raman Rao .... grip (as Romy Rao)
Jonathan West .... second assistant camera (as Jon West)
Bobby Westwater .... grip
Gary Zietlow .... best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
J. Mancbach-Fletcher .... wardrobe (as Jane Mancbach)
Greg Tittinger .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Andy Ruben .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Wayne Bell .... conductor
Wayne Bell .... music arranger
Tobe Hooper .... conductor
Tobe Hooper .... music arranger
Lee Osborne .... music editor
Other crew
John D'Amato .... script supervisor
Lou Schumacher .... dog owner
Lou Schumacher .... dog trainer
Gloria Gunn .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mac Adams .... special thanks
Hal Freeman .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Death Trap" - UK, USA (working title)
"Brutes and Savages" - USA (alternative title)
"Slaughter Hotel" - USA (reissue title)
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91 min | UK:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Loosely based on the story of Joe Ball (also known as the Bluebeard from South Texas or the Alligator Man) from Elmendorf, Texas, sometime after Prohibition ended. He owned a bar with an alligator pit serving as an entertainment attraction. Several murders of women ensued that Joe Ball was suspected of, but it was never proven that the flesh found in the pit was human. However, Joe Ball committed suicide at his bar on September 24, 1938 when he was about to be arrested by the police in connection with the murders.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Right at the end of the film when the crocodile pulls Judd under the water head first, look to the left of the screen to see a scuba diver under the water who turns is clearly moving. He is obviously a safety stuntman of some sort. You can clearly see his hand and is dressed in black.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Bizarre and surreal, 12 June 2006
Author: Tikkin from United Kingdom

Eaten Alive is a truly bizarre film with an almost nightmarish quality to it. I can't say I particularly loved it, because the lack of lighting often makes it hard to see what is happening. Yet at the same time, the lack of lighting also adds to the murky atmosphere. The motel owners performance is slightly over the top and annoyed me a bit, although he does play his part very well. There are some tense and disturbing moments such as when he's chasing the two women, which are excellently done. However the claustrophobic feel of the film got a little boring in parts and made it slightly hard to follow.

Overall, if you like your horror films creepy and bizarre, then this is for you. It has a similar grainy feel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so if you loved that then this will be right up your street.

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