Lake Placid (1999)

You'll never know what bit you.

When a man is eaten alive by an unknown creature, the local Game Warden teams up with a paleontologist from New York to find the beast. Add to the mix an eccentric philanthropist with a penchant for "Crocs", and here we go! This quiet, remote lake is suddenly the focus of an intense search for a crocodile with a taste for live animals...and people!

Big Crocodile - Big Log - Big Fun.
There's a gigantic crocodile loose in the waters of Maine. A number of local hicks and big city eccentrics converge to try and stop the beast...
Wonderful! A modern day homage to the creature feature movies of lore. It's not a spoof, it's a fun packed tongue in cheek thriller, hell it may even have some literary worth as regards ecological concerns, while the cultural clashes that thrive are written with knowing skill.
Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda and Brendan Gleeson are superbly underplaying things, but they all get usurped when at the 20 minute mark Oliver Platt flies in on his helicopter and promptly owns the film from that point on.
The script crackles with choice wit and sarcasm (the Gleeson/Platt on going feud an absolute joy), while Stan Winston provides beastly graphics that are blended with genuine suspense courtesy of director Steve Miner. Oh and "Golden Girl" star Betty White turns in a support slot - with a potty mouth!
Double view it with something like "Tremors", movies that know exactly what they want to homage. 8/10

Rocking Chair Productions, Fox 2000 Pictures, Phoenix Pictures by Steve Miner, David E. Kelley.
Stars: Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson.

Genres: Action, Comedy, Horror

Keywords: diving sheriff lake crocodile deputy paleontologist cow maine decapitation severed head scientist remote tooth bear attack campfire severed toe torso cut in half giant crocodile crocodile attack animal horror

07/15/1999

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