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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

Writers:

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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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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Taglines:

Welcome to Starlight Hotel. Your room is reserved...Check in...But never check out! ("Starlight Slaughter" release) See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Trivia

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, of which Joe Ball was suspected, but it was never proven that the flesh found in the pit was human. However, Joe Ball committed suicide at his bar on September 24, 1938, when he was about to be arrested by the police in connection with the murders. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

The film is usually known as 'Death Trap' in the UK (probably to avoid confusion with Umberto Lenzi's 'Eaten Alive' (Mangiati Vivi (1980). The uncut pre-VRA video, the 1990s video which is cut by 25s and the 2000 uncut DVD (all by Vipco) retain this title. The 2008 DVD by Video International is uncut, under the title 'Eaten Alive'. See more »

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Not up to Texas CHAINSAW standards, but still decent.
19 May 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

In Tobe Hooper's follow-up to THE Texas CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, Neville Brand is totally out of control! I could not believe my eyes seeing his twitching, nervous, maniacal, laughing psycho performance! He seems to be on some kind of high-powered drug from outer space! Thankfully, his acting is perfectly welcome in this film, where almost every bizarre character seems to be up to something devious.

Neville runs a secluded Louisiana hotel on the Bayou where various people show up. He kills them off (with a scythe, pitchfork, etc.) and feeds their dead bodies to his pet crocodile. Marilyn Burns, William Finley and their daughter eventually show up in disguise and are tormented by Brand. Family members and cops show up to search for missing prostitute Roberta Collins and become victims, too.

Brand hacks them up while hopping around uncontrollably and laughing with glee. Totally creepy. So is Wayne Bell's music score, which is similar to the one he did for TCM. Good make-up, lots of surprises, Hooper's direction and Brand give this film an edge over it's competition.


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