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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
Victor Alexander .... second assistant camera
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:
"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, but it was never proven that the flesh found in the pit was human. However, Joe did commit suicide upon possibility of capture.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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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Tobe Hooper's 70's films still stand as his best ones! Golden horror!!, 14 June 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

`The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (of course) and `Death Trap' (less obvious already) are the only two films Tobe Hooper should be really remembered for as a horror director. They both are raw and chilling explorations of the angry rural America. The location of this film looks like a giant swampy area, homed by underdeveloped perverted rednecks and other freaks of society. Neville Brand terrifically portrays Judd, the isolated owner of the Starlight Hotel. Judd suffers a bit from the incapability to communicate with people and the guests at his hotel are doomed to die as soon as they enter his facility. He also has a pet crocodile swimming underneath the porch of his hotel, which is a pretty convenient method to get rid of human leftovers… A poor, rejected prostitute is the first to undergo Judd's murderous rituals. Her relatives soon come to search for her and are doomed as well. In the meantime, the croc feeds on some more unfortunate by passers. Although I regard this as Hooper's second best film, it doesn't come close to the power of TCM…Which kind of gives you an idea of how great I think TCM was! The settings and photography of Horror Hotel (one of the film's a.k.a's) look nasty and utterly cheap. Just as it did in TCM, this actually increases the macabre atmosphere and you constantly feel something wicked is about to happen. The characters – although pretty imaginative – aren't as convincing as the Sawyer family but they too seem to come running straight out of a freakshow as well! There's Judd of course, but also a very memorable Robert Englund who plays a retarded yokel with an obsession for anal sex. The scream-queen prototype Marilyn Burns returns as well before disappearing into actress-oblivion forever. The crocodile as well as most other horror scenery looks really cheap, but to me, this only increases the trash-fun value of this film. Highly recommended viewing as far as I'm concerned.

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