A group of friends including Brady Turner, Claire and Duncan McKay go out on a boat trip on a lake in Southern California, but their joyful weekend turns into horror, when a giant killer crocodile searching for its stolen eggs, picks off anyone who gets in its way. Can they all escape in one piece or will they slowly and painfully fall to the mammoth reptile.
That was an excellent one.
It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes
A clunky actioner with a handful of cool moments.
I came across this flick combined with part 2 on a sell out of DVD's. Naturally I picked it up because I saw the name Tobe Hooper and for special effects I saw KNB, what could go wrong. Everything goes wrong. I have seen all the classics directed by Hooper and they were all great, so many to mention but let me just say Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) but this one was rather good on the part of directing but I guess that's all that worked. The effects are for the most part CGI and one of the kind that looks like done by old computers. The croc never looked believable and made moves that a croc never could make. He even jumps into the air. But it's really the script that sucks. This has nothing to do with the croc, this has everything to do with love stories and affairs. The CGI is laughable but the story goes that it was meant to be a bad movie on all accounts. I just can't believe that KNB or even Tobe would go for such a flick. And what was the part that KNB did, the croc in the water? Nothing is gory or whatsoever and aren't they known for their gore? The acting is also something that good have been better. But most of the actors were doing their first flick here and it really shows. You just couldn't care about who is going to be eaten by the croc. I haven't got any problem with bad movies but this one really had nothing to offer. I rather would go for those old Drive-in flicks or exploitations but this, no thank you.Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 1/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5
Of the various horror notables to emerge in the 1970's Tobe Hooper scored by far the finest achievement with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Its a great shame then that he also fell the hardest, his work largely drying up and turning crappy. This Nu Image (they of such classics as Octopus, Spiders, Octopus 2 and Spiders 2) effort is pretty much his nadir, a really crummy affair that manages to be less entertaining even than the massed crappy ranks of Sci Fi Channel original creature features that have befouled screens in recent years. Its a tale of youngsters on Spring Break, partying it up on a houseboat in a lake until a couple of them come across a nest of variously shattered eggs and decide to mess around with the few that aren't broken some more. The expected happens. Now, I have absolutely zero sympathy for anyone who gets themself into a situation like this, quite apart from common decency its a matter of basic common sense not to mess with someones young, especially when you have no idea what or how big that someone is. Like, if you were trying to steal eggs from a golden eagle and the thing came down and pecked your eyes out and then pooped on you or something, nobody would be sympathetic because rank idiocy isn't a thing of sympathy. So I pretty much wanted several of the cast to die particularly horribly, and I can't say as I had nice thoughts for the rest as none of the characters are likable or interesting. Sadly, the horrible death never comes. All the kills are pretty tame, when actually on screen they generally come down to nothing more than mildly bloody and not especially convincing chomping action and occasionally some minor blood spray. It pretty much ruins things as gore was the main thing that could have propped this one up, and is especially unfortunate as the usually great KNB team handled the effects work. The crocodile itself is at least pretty cool, a good sized and decently fierce looking beast achieved through a mixture of animatronics and CGI, its more than convincing enough for a film of this stature and raises the game whenever its on screen. But since it isn't on screen all that much and rarely gets to do anything cool (mostly its just jumping and gobbling people) it doesn't raise the film too much. Still, attacks on a houseboat and local store are kinda fun and it does amuse in a couple of spots. The cast do their best with the material but its pretty much horrid so they don't put across a good impression. Mark McLachlan is a limp hero, Caitlin Martin a nice looking but dull love interest, Chris Solari making the biggest impression as the loud mouth ass of the group. There's some nice scenery and the film is never completely boring, but its really pretty terrible and I wouldn't recommend it other than to the least discerning viewers.
Alright... let's be honest here... when you come across a movie entitled Crocodile what can you expect at the most... I mean seriously. Your not gonna expect Jaws or any other big budget film... I guess what I'm getting at is that this movie is pretty decent for a low budget B monster movie. I mean the acting is a little below average considering it was most of the casts first movie. The effects are actually somewhat decent for the time, aside for a few shots of an ugly CG crocodile. The story has been done over and over but that's the fun of it, in my opinion, comparing them all together. The gore was decent and it was bloody enough to satisfy me. This movie, honestly, is what you'd expect from a B movie, and you can't really ask for anything more of it... you just can't. But i do believe this was the first to start the whole cheesy B crocodile movie phase but this one actually executed it pretty well. It's entertaining, fun, hilarious, cliché, and cheesy but that's what i look for when watching a film like this. So if you happen to look for the same things I look for one coming upon a film such as this than i recommend it, but if your looking for a Lake Placid then don't watch it.
A pound doesn't buy a lot these days, so when I saw a brand spanking new copy of Tobe Hooper's Crocodile on DVD for precisely that amount, I figured there must be worse ways to waste a quid and 'snapped' it up.And while I don't exactly regret buying the film (I am, after all, a total horror addict, and will watch virtually any rubbish in order to satisfy my cravings), on reflection, a pound does seem a little steep.With its monster-movie-by-numbers plot (killer croc on the loose), one dimensional characters (assorted jocks and bimbos, a tough cop and an experienced hunter), and clichéd delivery, I realise that this film was never intended to be anything other than a bit of low-budget B-movie monster fun, but even with my expectations set low, I found Crocodile to be rather disappointing.Usually, even when at his most uninspired, Hooper is capable of delivering an occasional moment of dark humour, the odd creepy scene or convincingly nasty bit of gore, but with this lacklustre effort, he merely goes through the motions. The result is an instantly forgettable giant-killer-animal-on-the-loose straight-to-DVD clunker of the type found clogging up the bottom shelves at your local Blockbuster (the kind that sport such inventive titles as Octopus, Python, Spiders, and.... well ...Crocodile, I suppose).I'm not sure what the budget was on this production, but judging by the effects on display, I'm guessing it was mega-low. The titular monster is portrayed via an unconvincing mix of full-size models and laughable bargain basement CGI, whilst the sparse gore, by the usually reliable KNB FX group, definitely looks like it was knocked up on the cheap. Hell, the budget doesn't even stretch far enough to convince the babes to get their norks outexactly what kind of B-movie is this, Mr. Hooper? If you can't give us decent gore, at least give us gratuitous nudity.To be fair, the film doesn't drag, and there is a certain amount of fun to be had from this flick's general cheesiness, but one can't help but wonder how the man who gave the world Leatherface could sink this low.The last time Hooper dabbled with killer reptiles, he gave us Eaten Alive, which I gave a reasonable 6/10. With this second attempt at a croc-shocker, he gets 3.5 (generously rounded up to 4 for IMDb). If I were Tobe, I wouldn't try again. I'll probably end up having to give a 1... and I really don't want to have to do that!!!