‘Ever feel like something is watching you…’
Crocodile is a 2000 American horror feature film, directed by Tobe Hooper from a screenplay by Jace Anderson, Adam Gierasch (Mother of Tears; Mortuary; Toolbox Murders; et al) and Michael D. Weiss, based on a story by Boaz Davidson (X-Ray).
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Eight teenagers are going on a weekend boat trip on a remote lake in Southern California for spring break.
After a day of partying, Kit tells them a local story about how in the early 1900s, 96 years ago, a hotel owner named Harlan featured a crocodile named Flat Dog. Harlan eventually sets up a shrine to Flat Dog, believing her to be an avatar to the ancient Egyptian crocodile god (Sobek), creating a cult that worshiped the crocodile.
Meanwhile, close by, having destroyed a crocodile nest, two local fishermen are attacked by Flat Dog and devoured…
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” …Crocodile kicks temporary-escapist ass for one simple reason: It does not skimp on the bloody croc attacks. So many animal-attack films seem to miss this point entirely, resulting in utter disappointment, but Hooper gives nearly 10 violent on-screen deaths! Yes!” Rod Lott, Flick Attack
“The croc looks pretty good in some scenes when the real-life animatronic model is used. You get a nice estimate of its actual size as it eerily drifts along the lake just under the surface. It’s when the croc is required to do sudden movements and turn from side-to-side quickly where the CGI takes over and the effects lose their way.” Andrew Smith, Popcorn Pictures
“What we wind up getting, then, is lots of scenes of 90210-esque squabbling and fights between couples. Who cares? And by the time the croc does decide to get down to business, I’d lost all interest (but even then, they still didn’t show anything – it was mostly someone screaming in the distance and a loud chomping noise).” David Nusair, Reel Film
“It is as though Hooper no longer cared what he was making and is only going through the motions. He has simply gone with the standard formula plot of teens in peril that countless horror films have done before. The teens here are much more unlikeable than most…” Richard Scheib, Moria
“Aside from the unpleasant characters, the screenplay seems to have its share of suspense and some good shocks, but is compromised by some absolutely terrible special effects by the normally reliable KNB Group. Both the prosthetic effects and the creature are so shoddy as to remove any elements of believability and horror… Robert Firsching, All Movie
” … Hooper relishes every last absurdity on display. The lethargic, ponderous approach he brought to Night Terrors and even The Mangler is gone and even with this weak cardboard story one can feel the glee seeping right off the screen. Crocodile is no classic, but it is damn entertaining: funny and silly to the max, gory and in glorious bad taste.” John Kenneth Muir, Eaten Alive at a Chainsaw Massacre: The Films of Tobe Hooper
“The CG effects are really bad, the script is dull and like in slasher films the croc fodder are completely unsympathetic. Hooper was off form for this one and the poor writing, acting and effects combine to produce a really forgettable movie.” Eat Horror
” …it’s a shame that there aren’t any stars in the movie because the amateur cast just can’t cut the mustard. I mean you know you’re in trouble when a dog trainer gets prominent billing in the opening credits. The real stars are KNB Effects who created some pretty good crocodile effects.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum
Cast and characters:
- Mark McLachlan .. Brady Turner
- Caitlin Martin … Claire
- Chris Solari … Duncan McKay
- Doug Reiser … Kit
- Julie Mintz … Annabelle
- Sommer Knight … Sunny
- Rhett Jordan … Foster
- Greg Wayne … Hubs
- Harrison Young … Sheriff Bowman
- Terrence Evans … Shurkin
- Adam Gierasch … Lester
The film was released direct-to-video on 26 December 2000. A sequel, Crocodile 2: Death Swamp, was released in 2002.