Combustible Celluloid
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With: Mark McLachlan, Caitlin Martin, Chris Solari, Doug Reiser, Julie Mintz, Sommer Knight, Rhett Jordan, Greg Wayne, Harrison Young, Terrence Evans, Adam Gierasch
Written by: Jace Anderson, Adam Gierasch, Michael D. Weiss, based on a story by Boaz Davidson
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
MPAA Rating: R for monster violence and gore, language, some drug use and brief nudity
Running Time: 93
Date: 12/26/2000

Crocodile (2000)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Reptilian Casualties

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Many of horror master Tobe Hooper's post-Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies have been dismissed, unfairly, and I have been trying my best to give them their due attention. But the 2000 movie Crocodile is pretty dumb. (It was released straight to video.) Nowhere near the greatness of his other crocodile movie Eaten Alive, this one is mostly a relationship movie featuring a bunch of obnoxious teens on a party boat trip. Claire (Caitlin Martin) is the cute, innocent, sensible one ("final girl" material), who discovers her boyfriend Brady (Mark McLachlan) has been cheating on her. Another girl has a yapping dog called "Princess" and the rest are just drunk and annoying. Hooper attempts some suspense by not killing characters when you'd expect, but it feels more disappointing than clever. (It is somewhat satisfying when they do finally become croc food.) There's an attempt to add some mystery and history to the killer croc, but it fails, and the visual effects are pretty sub-par. Even so, there are still a few weird moments, here and there, with Hooper's touch.

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