Eaten Alive (1977)

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  • Release Date:  1977
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Tobe Hooper
  • Screenwriter:  Alvin L. Fast, Kim Henkel, Mohammed Rustam
  • Cast & Crew: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, William Finley, Stuart Whitman, Roberta Collins, Kyle Richards, Robert Englund, Crystin Sinclaire, Janus Blythe, Betty Cole, Sig Sakowicz, Ronald W. Davis, Christine Schneider

Eaten Alive (1977) Rating:

  • Ronan = 5 / 10;
  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.5 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 3 / 10

Eaten Alive (1977) Synopsis:

A retarded motel owner keeps a crocodile in his backyards and, as he starts to lose its mind, he will compete with the crocodile at who is killing the more people.

Eaten Alive (1977) Review:

Released three years after Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Eaten Alive is an obvious attempt by Tobe Hooper to capitalize on the success of his previous masterpiece. Indeed, both movies are about strangers being decimated by retarded rednecks, and both movies have the same dark and macabre atmosphere.

Eaten Alive is about a mad motel keeper who keeps a crocodile in his backyard becomes mad and start killing people. Nothing surprising storywise, but the movie itself is very weird. It is not particularly shocking, yet there is something utterly disturbing about it, about the killer and the way he looks both nice and completely crazy at the same time, or maybe it is the atrocious sound effects and the weird music, or maybe it is because there is a child involved. In any case, a really nasty atmosphere emanates from that movie from start to end. I felt really oppressed while watching it. There is nothing particularly scary in terms of horror scenes, but a really dirty atmosphere that brings the same disturbing feeling than Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Unfortunately, after the initial surprise is gone, about an hour into the movie (the time it takes to recover from the shock of the first scenes), the atmosphere starts to wear off, the movie slows down and becomes more like a classic slasher, to finally end in a forgettable climax.


Overall, Eaten Alive is an interesting piece of disturbing cinema, especially since it is the movie that revealed to the world both Carolyn Jones (Morticia in Adams Family) and Robert Englund. Still, I would only recommend it to horror fans.

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