Eaten Alive (1977) Movie Review

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Robert Englund plays an extremely annoying fellow named Buck, who has a very funny line at the start of the film. When he's talking about an unfortunate prostitute Clara Wood played by Roberta Collins. He tells her, "I'm daddy and I'm ready to f ** k," to Clara the prostitute she aspires to.

Buck tries to have anal sex with Clara, but she refuses and fights him. She is then prompted by Brothel from Lady, Miss Hattie, played by Carolyn Jones (Morticia in the old television series-The Addams Family).

Clara makes her way to the run hotel and meets the local weirdo, Judd (Neville Brand) who for some reason is not explained in the movie Eaten Alive dislikes Prostitutes. Realizing that she is one, he goes into a violent altercation. Judd kills Clara by stabbing him several times with his stake and feeds him with his Nile Crocodile animals.

Soon after this a couple have been arguing with each other, Faye (Marilyn Burns) and the distraught Roy arrive at Judd's creepy hotel surrounded by a marsh along with their new daughter Angie (Kyle Richards).

I really hate this part of the movie Eaten Alive, because after their daughter's dog is eaten by Judd's crocodile, the young girl Angie almost destroys the film with her very annoying cries. Ifti takes Angie to the room they searched in the hotel and tries to calm her down. Ifti resumes quarreling with one another.

Eaten Alive cuts to the stage with Harvey Wood played by Mel Ferrer and his daughter Libby seeking information on the whereabouts of his now-deceased daughter, Clara. Judd does not provide them with any information on Clara's locations so they can leave his hotel.

Harvey and Libby make their way to the brothel to see if Clara is there. Meanwhile, back at the Roy's Hotel decides to shoot the crocodile and then is immediately stabbed several times by Judd with his Scythe and fed into his Crocodile.

Faye puts Angeline to sleep and then goes to take a shower. She is beaten and tied to bed by Judd. Little Angie escapes from Judd and hides under the hotel. Harvey Wood and his daughter Libby along with Sheriff Martin (Stuart Whitman) return to Miss Hattie's Brotel and ask her about Clara. Mrs. Hattie denies ever having seen Clara.

Libby leaves her father Harvey and goes to the local hot spot, bar with Sheriff Martin. Harvey is then killed by Judd when he returns to the hotel after hearing Angi cry. He is then eaten by Judd's crocodile, while Sheriff Martin and Libby are located at the local bar.

Buck "The Alpha Male" is also there with his girlfriend and is teasing some other guys. Buck is confronted and kicked by Sheriff Martin. Buck and his troubled girlfriend head to Judd's hotel. Buck had already been warned not to return there earlier in the film by Judd. Judd does not like Buck for unexplained reasons.

While Buck is in his room with his girlfriend he hears some crying from nearby. Buck goes to investigate and is attacked by Judd. It is pushed into the swamp and eaten by the Crocodile. Libby arrives at the hotel again and discovers Faye tied up. She picks Faye out of bed. Judd opens the gate to the marsh to allow his free access from the crocodile to eat the young girl Angie. Faye and Libby try to leave.

Judged the chases after them and injured Faye with his Cop. Libby rescues and helps Angie free and get out of the marsh. He tries to get at Libby and Angie who are at the top of the fence that make up the crocodile marsh cage closure. Judd falls over the side of the cage cage and is eaten by his Crocodile. The sheriff arrives and the film ends with some more of Angi's annoyingly annoying cry. Judd's artificial leg appears above the bloody water.

Review

Overall I thought this movie was a lot of fun. I think he should have gained the same respect that Tobe Hooper's previous film, Chainsaw Texas Massacre, received. Neville Brand was a riot like Judd. I love the weird and funny facial expressions he makes during Eaten Alive.

Neville Brand is an excellent actor and with the film Eaten Alive he is very reliable as a local city neighborhood. The scene where he is sitting on the couch and crying while singing a tune with these verses, "I'm not going to get any tickets, there is going to be a purse." Simple scenes like these and when he is talking / giving up on himself are his highlights in the movie Eaten Alive.

I also like his surprised reactions when people ask him something, "Oh! Oh!" He replies with. He makes Eaten Alive movie camp fun and entertaining with his great ability to get into character.

Neville Brand looks so lost in his world and crazy in those scenes and throughout the movie Eaten Alive. Robert Englund is very memorable in this movie and you can see the raw talent he had then, as he would soon become an icon of Horror and B-Movie.

I don't know the actress Roberta Collins who played Clara, but she certainly did a great job of looking really scared and looking very uncomfortable before her character was killed by Judd.

I own the Special 2-Disk Edition of Eaten Alive, it has been somewhat restored and repaired. The movie Eaten Alive is so grainy and the process of filming so primitive that it comes out on screen being very dark and without any detail.

Due to these difficult conditions Eaten Alive was filmed under, I suspect it would look much better on Blu-ray whenever they release it in that format. The second disc has some features, including interviews with Robert Englund, director Tobe Hooper, and Mariyln Burns discussing their experience filming Eaten Alive.