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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.

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Tobe Hooper

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Alvin L. Fast, Mohammed Rustam (as Mardi Rustam) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Horror | Thriller

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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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Budget:

$520,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Make-up Artist Craig Reardon, Cinematographer Robert Caramico directed several scenes, due to creative differences between Tobe Hooper and the films' producers. See more »

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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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Buck: Name's Buck... and I'm rarin' to fuck.
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Hooper's mediocre 'Eaten Alive' suffers from poor script and inept pacing, but Robert Englund's offbeat performance is film's only asset
17 June 2004 | by Michael_PilkingtonSee all my reviews

A crazed proprietor (Neville Brand) runs a motel located in the swampy Louisiana bayou where he keeps a pet crocodile in front of the place. For some reason, he murders unsuspecting guests with a scythe and feeds them to the always-hungry animal.

Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his cult hit "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is surprisingly disappointing, lacking suspense and atmosphere that worked in the last film. In addition, the film suffers from poor script, inept pacing and unconvincing characters. Robert (Freddy Krueger) Englund's offbeat performance as a sex-crazed hillbilly with his opening memorable line ("My name is Buck and I'm ready to f---!") is the film's only asset, but it's not enough to overcome these faults. Marilyn Burns ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") also stars a hapless victim (again).

Also known as "Horror Hotel," "Horror Hotel Massacre," and "Death Trap."

My evaluation: *½ out of ****


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