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Crocodile Fangs (1978)
"Agowa gongpo" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  November 1981 (USA)
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A giant crocodile is terrorizing Thai villagers. A group of adventurers set out by boat to track it down and kill it.



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A giant crocodile is terrorizing Thai villagers. A group of adventurers set out by boat to track it down and kill it.

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29 January 2002 | by (Haddonfield, IL) – See all my reviews

It isn't often that I will say a film is worthless, or even near worthless, but it's tempting to say so here. This is like someone's film school project pieced together in the dark after a few cases of beer.

A grave announcement at the film's beginning states that man is determined to destroy nature, and that while this may indeed happen one day, nature may retaliate in some terrifying way. The ace up nature's sleeve in this film is a giant crocodile. I use that term loosely for a number of reasons. We never really get a clear glimpse of the creature, mostly just its eye opening up. Most of the peeks we do get are in close-up, which doesn't really do much to determine the size of the creature. The appropriate bits and pieces of the monster are all we really see, like it's tail and its teeth. At one point it scoops up a cow in its mock-up jaws, indicating that it's "pretty big". Then later the movie suggests that it has just jumped right over a large boat, indicating that it's "really big". Another scene has it barely managing to swallow a preteen boy, which indicates that it's "not so big". But I'm getting ahead of myself here.

After a vicious hurricane that takes place within a miniature oceanfront set, we meet Dr. Akom and his family: two sexy Thai women and a little girl. It takes about twenty minutes, but the women and the little girl are all gobbled up by some unseen predator. Well, we assume that's what happened anyway, this movie is not really good at communicating visually with the audience.

After the so-called deaths, Dr. Akom is tormented by his loss (the sound his daughter's voice on a tape recorder comes back to tug at the heart strings).

After poring over their dismembered remains in a morgue, the Doctor comes to the only logical conclusion: his family was killed by a giant crocodile.

Akom confers with a local reptile expert, although they don't get much accomplished...they can't even decide if a crocodile could live in salt water or not (the smaller ones that the villagers like to cut up & torment seem to be doing quite fine in the ocean, thank you). Later, the reptile expert confirms that not only is this a crocodile, but with the "available data" (a couple of mutilated body parts and a sailor's supposed sighting), he must conclude that this is a result of atomic experimentation--a mutation.

Before they know it, the killer croc surfaces and smashes an entire miniature seaside village with its tail. This crocodile has a pair of white light-up eyes that glow like headlights as it slinks through the water at night. Don't ask. It also has the uncanny ability to create a whirlpool, I guess by swirling the water around it, but again--the movie isn't real good at making it clear what's going on. We get very little valuable visual information in these scenes, just a bunch of screaming people and water splashing all over the place. There's blood too, most of it coughed up by people flailing in the water, although I'm not sure why. All of this is intercut with closeups of the croc's eyes and mouth...just so we know it's really there.

The filmmakers obviously are of the opinion that the most exciting way to get the audience on edge is to feature the sound of a wailing ambulance, so we also get this about five or six times in the film.

Surprisingly, the news of a giant crocodile who can level entire villages has not reached all of Thailand, and there are enough people frolicking in the water to give the croc some extraneous victims. Even more surprisingly, the only people who are interested in stopping this thing are Dr. Akom, the sailor who originally spots the thing, and a couple of adventurous fools. They set out in a boat to destroy their adversary, with lots of machine guns, harpoons, and dynamite...with fuses!

This has to be one of the only films that I have watched at length where I can honestly say that nothing interesting is ever on screen. The actors are filmed in shadow most of the time, and most of what is being filmed is a series of boats, villages, and splashing water. By the time the climax comes around, you realize that they are never going to really give the audience a good look at the crocodile, but by this time it's too late--you can never, ever get back the time you spent watching the movie. At one point all of the characters on the boat fall asleep, which is probably what anyone viewing this movie will be doing after the first ten minutes.

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