Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: Eaten Alive (1977)



"Starring": Marilyn Burns, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones

Homicidal Maniac: Neville Brand (as Judd)

Run Time: 1:30:51
Quick Synopsis: Soon after their dog is eaten by a crocodile outside of the Starlight Motel, Roy and Faye realize that the crocodile may not be their only problem.  The motel owner Judd is a scythe-wielding homicidal maniac.

Review:  How can you not love a movie where the maniac's main weapon of choice is a scythe?  While this is no horror classic, Eaten Alive does justice to the horror genre.  Let's be honest, this was done by some real pros.   The film is directed by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and stars Marilyn Burns coming off her role in Hooper's classic.  With those two and other 70's Horror stars like Janus Blythe you cannot help but get excited about its potential.  Include in the fact that music
and the kill scenes are done with such skill that at some points it actually feels like it is a good horror film and you might think we have a gem on our hands. However, there are still many flaws to this film.  While Neville Brand gives off the right type of persona for a homicidal maniac there just seems to be something missing from his character.  Additionally, the ending feels rushed and aside from the lead roles, the acting in this film is average at best, but not bad enough to be entertaining.  When piecing everything together, Eaten Alive rates out as a decent awful horror movie.

Fun Fact:  Tobe Hooper actually walked off the set before the film was finished leading to Marilyn Burns helping to finish his role as the director.

Hidden Gem: A decade before his role as Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund plays the character of Buck in Eaten Alive

Total Kill Count: 5
Clara-Roberta Collins (12:25) Stabbed with a Pitchfork Gore Rating: 5
Roy-William Finley (35:28) Scythe/Eaten by Crocodile Gore Rating: 5
Harvey Wood-Mel Ferrer (1:00:37) Throat Cut by Scythe Gore Rating: 6
Buck-Robert Englund (1:18:26) Eaten by Crocodile Gore Rating: 2
Judd-Neville Brand (1:27:28) Eaten by Crocodile Gore Rating 3


Ratings:
              Horror Film: 6
              Entertainment: 6
              Gore: 4.2
              Overall: 5.6


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