Review: Eaten Alive (1976)

Just like taking a dive in some fucked-up hillbilly psychopath’s crazed mind…

blu“EATEN ALIVE”
1976
Horror
USA

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones
Distributor: Arrow
Runtime: 91 mins
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“Things happen. All according to instincts.”

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A psychotic redneck, Judd, is running a worn down hotel in the swamps. He’s got a hungry crocodile in the foggy backyard, and a dying monkey in a cage. People who turns up in his hotel easily upset the mad hotel owner, and most of them gets fed to the crocodile in this one and a half hour nightmarish horror flick.

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Tobe Hooper’s first movie after the success of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”(1974). This movie is violent, unpleasant, disturbing and chaotic, much as the last one. With a radio playing non-stop country music, frogs croaking and rats squeeking it sets the atmosphere from the get-go. And there’s one hungry crocodile included. Unfortunately the authentic feel that made “Texas Chainsaw” so good is gone. Too much theatrical surroundings and lightning, bad props, and some badly instructed acting. Even so, it got a really nasty feel to it, well worth a watch.

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Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund has a noteworthy role as a sleazy redneck. Also Marilyn Burns, the scream-queen from “Texas Chainsaw” gets an equally bad experience as a hooker in this film.

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