Killer Crocodile (Horror) [Movie/Review]

5/10

Year: 1989
Genre: Horror/When Animals Attack
Director: Fabrizio De Angelis
Source: Blu-Ray (88 Film)

PLOT:
First there was Jaws, then there was Piranha, next came Alligator. But nothing has prepared you for… Killer Crocodile! From the notorious Fabrizio De Angelis (Zombie Flesh Eaters) comes the ultimate in nature amok films. When a group of well-meaning scientists venture into the murky swamps of Santo Domingo, little do they know they are stumbling into a toxic nightmare. Local industrial barons have foolishly been pumping their waste into the water and this has given birth to a humongous reptilian monstrosity with an equally large appetite for human flesh. Featuring effects by the legendary Giannetto De Rossi (Rambo III), Killer Crocodile delivers all the thrills, spills and chills that any self-respecting fan of eco-horror demands. With performances from Anthony Crenna (son of Rambo’s Richard Creena) and Hollywood legend, Van Johnson (Eagles Over London), Killer Crocodile remains a firm cult favorite… find out why for yourself

OPINION:
I’m a sucker for when animals attack horror, but this one didn’t really hit the right spots.

I have always wondered if the people making these movies are trying to make them scary and fail or if they just want to make something campy. I mean here we even have a score that sound like it’s been taken from “Jaws”.

The storyline about an evil company dumping toxic waste takes up a little bit too much of the screen time. It’s not why we came to watch the movie. We came for the crocodile, and the crocodile itself looks pretty good, but they should have shown it for shorter periods since it’s side movements isn’t the best. Also the eyes are a hard fail.

Otherwise, we get the usual b-movie things, like bad acting, bad dubbing and some funny things like early on when the little girl fall down from the warf, the parents scream a little then just stand there calm as ever watching (#badacting) and in the end when they defeat the crocodile it’s simply just a big joke.

LOCATION/BACKGROUND:
It was filmed in the Dominican Republic, and this film and its sequel Killer Crocodile II (1990) were filmed simultaneously.

This is proberly the most known movie of Fabrizio De Angelis as a director, but as a producer he has several famous credits among them Fulci’s “The Beyond” and “New York Ripper”.

BLU-RAY:
I ordered this one in a boxset with Part 2 from 88 films and they have as always made an amazing job. Both picture and sound are top quality.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Limited Edition Matte Rigid slipcase [First Print Run Only]
  • Brand New 2K Remasters from The Original 35mm Negatives in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Remastered Uncompressed English Audio
  • Optional SDH Subtitles
  • Remastered Uncompressed Italian Audio with Newly Translated Subtitles
  • Half a Croc: An Interview with Special Effects Artist and Director of Killer Crocodile 2, Gianetto De Rossi about his time working on the films.
  • An Italian in Santo Domingo: An Interview with Cameraman Federico Del Zoppo
  • Italian Crocodiles: An Interview with Actor Pietro Genuardi
  • Maidens and Flesh Eaters: A Career Spanning Interview with FX Master Gianetto de Rosso

Technical Specs:

  • Region Code: B
  • Audio: LPCM Stereo
  • Picture: 1080p HD 1.85:1
  • Runtime: 180 mins approx
  • Language: English / Italian
  • Subtitles: English

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