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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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Director:
Writers:
Alvin L. Fast (written by) and
Mohammed Rustam (written by) ...
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Release Date:
13 May 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's out there and he's got murder on his mind! See more »
Plot:
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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1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A disappointing follow up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from Tobe Hooper. See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
91 min | UK:87 min
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Trivia:
According to makeup artist Craig Reardon, cinematographer Robert Caramico directed several scenes due to creative differences between Tobe Hooper and the films' producers.See more »
Goofs:
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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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A disappointing follow up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from Tobe Hooper., 29 August 2006
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Crazy old Judd (Neville Brand) is the owner of a run down hotel on the edge of a swamp that is home to a massive crocodile. The old coot, a few sandwiches short of a picnic, thinks nothing of feeding his guests to the old croc, after hacking them to death with his huge scythe.

Eaten Alive, Tobe Hooper's follow up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was co written by Chainsaw collaborator Kim Henkel, and stars Marilyn Burns, the damsel-in-distress from the '74 horror classic. It even features a scene in which a young woman is chased through the woods by a maniac wielding a large cutting tool. However, this movie fails to capture the intense feeling of terror that Hooper delivered so well with his incredible debut; only in the closing moments of Eaten Alive does he manage anything close to the absolute horror of his first and finest film.

Before that, we get a rather dreary hour and a half of loopy old Judd muttering to himself and occasionally offing the odd guest—tipping them into the water for his scaly friend to devour. The realism of Chainsaw is gone, replaced by an almost cartoonish atmosphere; the characters are mostly freakish caricatures, there is a smattering of gore, everything is swathed in garish primary-coloured light, and the old croc is as bad as one might expect from a low budget horror.

Tobe also finds time to throw a few fit birds into the mix, and two of them obligingly flip their norks out (and very fine they are too).

Eaten Alive is enjoyable on a trashy level, and if this had been directed by anyone other than the director of possibly the finest horror movie of all time, I wouldn't have felt quite so disappointed; but as a follow up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Eaten Alive just didn't impress me enough.

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