Eaten Alive (1976)
Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 10
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1976 Wide
Average Rating: 2.8/5
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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
Jan 1, 1976 Wide
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Just something that those with a morbid curiosity for the unusual in sleaze might not be able to pass on.
A bizarre and largely flawed little beast, but I was pleased with the injected anarchy and direction from Hooper. However, it's clear from this that Hooper really wasn't destined for big things after "Massacre"...
[Its] off-the-wall hybridization of Tennessee Williams, Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, specifically), and Lucio Fulci is more often than not sloppy.
Despite the incongruously sexy presence of Buck, Eaten Alive doesn't f**k with your head like Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre films.
With an enviable, well-stocked cast of character thespians and a carefully dilapidated motel set, Eaten Alive is all ingredients, no recipe.
This bayou-set, thinly imagined Psycho knock-off is little more than a derisible piece of slasher mayhem, notable for Tobe Hooper's association and costar Roberta Collins' assertion that star Neville Brand later tried to sexually assault her.
The movie is called Eaten Alive, but we get very little in terms of dinner and dessert in the horror department.
One is tempted to wonder aloud if drugs and booze didn't actually direct this relatively woeful flick.
Above average horror from Hooper with a satiric bent
will always be more of a curiosity piece than a truly satisfying movie in and of itself
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- Le crocodile de la mort (FR)