Classic Movie Review #1 Eaten Alive 1976

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

When a films opening line, said with a southern drawl, is "My name is Buck and I'm rarin' to fuck", you know you're in for a treat. The actor responsible for its delivery is a pre, Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund whose main aim is to screw women in a very uncomfortable place, and I don't mean in the back of a VW. This opening line obviously made an impression on Quentin Tarantino as he later stole it for the equally unpleasant coma rapist, Buck in Kill Bill Vol 1. Either that or he had overheard Harvey Weinstein whisper it to a pot plant.

Director Tobe Hooper once again sticks it to the southern redneck after having painted them as cannibal, inbred, power tool enthusiasts in his previous film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The basic premise of this movie is a guy who runs a B&B and isn't too fond of the local brothel and consequently likes to feed it's clients to his pet Crocodile. Yep, you heard me. Crocodile, not alligator... Crocodile. And that really is it in a nutshell. 

Unlike Texas Chain Saw which, while not especially gory but very gritty and full of moments of tension, (see the drawn-out dinner table, hammer scene), this is more straight-up gore flick and lacks almost everything that made Hoopers earlier film top of most people's 10 best horror movie list. I'm not saying that this film isn't worth your time. It does have a silly charm all of its own and while pretty whacky I do tend to enjoy it. Robert Englund appears to be having fun, building on that nasty streak that he will later put to such good use in A Nightmare on Elm Street. The film also stars Texas Chain Saw final girl Marilyn Burns.

Don't watch this expecting great things because this isn't Texas Chain Saw. It isn't even Texas Chain Saw 2, (that film had Leatherface and Dennis Hopper square off in a Chainsaw sword fight so I won't hear a bad word against it).

Not brilliant but certainly not bad so give it a watch.