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Eaten Alive (1976)

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.

Director:

Tobe Hooper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Betty Cole ... Ruby
Sig Sakowicz Sig Sakowicz ... Deputy Girth
Ronald W. Davis Ronald W. Davis ... Country Boy
Christine Schneider Christine Schneider ... Waitress
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Storyline

Judd runs the Starlight Hotel out in some sort of swampy place and is unfortunately a few slices short of a loaf. He has a crocodile conveniently placed on the other side of the hotel's front porch railing. The croc will eat just about anything, as the hapless guests of the hotel find out soon enough. A reformed hooker, an unlucky family, and the father and sister of the hooker all suffer various rates of attrition as Judd tries to implement damage control. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He's out there and he's got murder on his mind! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brutes and Savages See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$520,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film director Quentin Tarantino must be a fan of the film. Robert Englund near the beginning of Eaten Alive says the line "My name is Buck, and I'm here to *****". In Kill Bill vol. 1 Actor Michael Bowen's character Buck repeats the exact line before forcing himself on a comatose Bride (Uma Thurman). See more »

Goofs

Manipulation of light is obvious through the whole movie. See more »

Quotes

Buck: Name's Buck... and I'm rarin' to fuck.
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Alternate Versions

The film received notoriety in the UK after being withdrawn as a member of the infamous DPP List of video nasties. For its original UK cinema release in 1978 cuts were made to the scythe murders, the beating of Faye by Judd (as her daughter watches) and flashback images to the earlier sex scene between Buck and Clara. For the 1992 video release the film was cut by 25 secs and retained the cuts to the scythe murders and the beating of Faye, plus additional cuts to the rake murder of Clara by Judd. In 2000 the film was passed completely uncut by the BBFC. See more »

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User Reviews

 
messed up
14 June 2006 | by megavengancemanSee all my reviews

Delirious, surreal, and savage, Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his landmark debut ("Chainsaw" for those not in the know), is one of a kind while bearing the same signature stamp he left with his predecessor. A sheer unrelenting onslaught of pure madness, macabre and dark humor. Although not as entirely successful as Chainsaw, "Eaten Alive" is one messed up little drive in flick with good performances particularly by Brand as the psycho Inn keeper of "Starlight Hotel". Mumbling incoherently through most of his screen time and sputtering gibberish when audible, Neville Brand is eerily convincing. The beginning of this picture owes to Psycho in that you meet a character that you are led to believe is the (no pun intended) titular heroine but is quickly dispatched and we are left with the equally sleazy and\or oddball residents of the locale like ole' country boy Buck (Englund, who's a hoot) or that oddball couple who's dog gets chomped by the gator that lives in the swamp behind the hotel. It's that kind of movie folks so be aware what you're getting into. Creepy, oddball fun.


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