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Eaten Alive
     

Eaten Alive

Director: Tobe Hooper

Cast: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Marilyn Burns

 

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Director Tobe Hooper's follow-up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre presents yet another Southern-fried psycho (this time in Louisiana) in the form of a scripture-mumbling, one-legged cracker named Judd (Neville Brand). The proprietor of a seedy bayou inn, Judd keeps a pet gator in the nearby swamp, to which he frequently tosses the remains of his unfortunate

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Director Tobe Hooper's follow-up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre presents yet another Southern-fried psycho (this time in Louisiana) in the form of a scripture-mumbling, one-legged cracker named Judd (Neville Brand). The proprietor of a seedy bayou inn, Judd keeps a pet gator in the nearby swamp, to which he frequently tosses the remains of his unfortunate victims -- including anyone who offends his delicate sensibilities. One such casualty is Harvey Wood (Mel Ferrer), arriving at Judd's hotel in search of his missing daughter... who, unbeknownst to her old man, has already met her own doom courtesy of the scythe-wielding madman. Other patrons include one of the most annoying families on record -- with Chainsaw veteran Marilyn Burns as the strangely-bewigged mom, William Finley as the browbeaten husband and future Halloween tyke Kyle Richards as the endlessly-shrieking daughter (whose adorable puppy becomes a light gator-snack). Nightmare on Elm Street fans can spot a young, pre-Freddy Robert Englund in a small role as a lecherous cracker. Originally titled Death Trap and known by many aliases, including Starlight Slaughter, Horror Hotel Massacre and Legend of the Bayou.

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Back in the heyday of drive-ins, the cinema offerings projected onto those outdoor screens were very often movies such as director Tobe Hooper's horror cheapie Eaten Alive. Watching the flick now, it's no wonder there are very few drive-ins left. That's not to say Eaten Alive is bad; it's terrible by today's horror standards, but it has a rough-hewn charm that makes the ineptness forgivable. Indeed, there are so many fans of this film it's considered "cult." The star of this no-apparent-budget endeavor is Neville Brand's pet crocodile, which is about as scary as the fake one in front of the average mall's Rainforest Café. But when bug-eyed Brand, brandishing sharp weapons and a toothy smile, chases unsuspecting hicks off his deck and into the water, the horror factor rises a notch or two -- and of course, so does the comedy factor. Some of the scenes -- especially those involving children and pets -- are disturbing and done for cheap thrills, but director Tobe Hooper manages to get away with murder, literally. Carolyn Jones, so smoldering as Morticia Addams on TV's The Addams Family but hideously unrecognizable here, and Stuart Whitman, a previous Oscar nominee, lend legitimacy to Hooper's further pushing of the off-Hollywood bloodletting envelope. Perfect for watching on a hot summer night from the front seat of a car, Eaten Alive is similarly ideal for a night of low-brow expectations and a bowl of popcorn in front of the TV.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
UPC:
0030306813899
Original Release:
1976
Source:
Dark Sky Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Producer Mardi Rustam, Actors Roberta Collins, William Finley and Kyle Richards, & Make-Up Artist Craig Reardon; Still Gallery; "The Gator Creator: Tobe Hooper"; "My Name is Buck: Robert Englund"; "The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball"; "5ive Minutes With Marilyn Burns"; Theatrical Trailers, TV and Radio Spots; Behind the Scenes Slideshow; Alternate Credits and Title Sequences; Comment Cards.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Neville Brand Judd
Mel Ferrer Harvey Wood
Marilyn Burns Faye
William Finley Roy
Kyle Richards Angie
Robert Englund Buck
Tracey Adams Actor
Barbie Dahl Actor
Melissa Melendez Actor
Taija Rae Actor
Carolyn Jones Miss Hattie
Stuart Whitman Sheriff Martin
Roberta Collins Clara
Janus Blythe Lynette
Betty Cole Ruby
David Hayward The Cowboy
David Carson Marlo

Technical Credits
Tobe Hooper Director,Score Composer
Wayne Bell Score Composer
Michael Brown Editor
Robert Caramico Cinematographer
Alvin L. Fast Producer,Screenwriter
Kim Henkel Screenwriter
Mardi Rustam Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Eaten Alive
1. Opening Credits [1:09]
2. My Name is Buck [4:57]
3. The Starlight Hotel [7:37]
4. Folks, Real Folks [5:23]
5. He'll Eat Anything... [6:39]
6. New Arrivals [7:11]
7. Slay the Dragon [5:19]
8. Shower Shock [5:50]
9. He Knows What He Knows [6:09]
10. A Visit to Miss Hattie [4:36]
11. Crawlspace Chase [6:25]
12. High Time Tonight [5:52]
13. Too Many Guests [8:29]
14. ...Even Buck [4:37]
15. Settling in For the Finale [8:23]
16. End Credits [2:05]

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