Saturday, October 06, 2018

31 Days of Halloween - Day 6 - Movie 1

In the Texas backwoods, a bunch of people keep showing up at rundown hotel that looks like it hasn't seen a guest in ages. The hotel owner is a big guy with some serious issues and a huge crocodile that lives in the swamp abutting the hotel's deck. The purpose of all of these guests stopping by the hotel is to provide fodder for Judd to feed his pet. Oh, and Judd likes to use a full-sized scythe to dispatch his victims first.

Eaten Alive was Tobe Hooper's follow up to his masterpiece, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). Loosely based on a true story, it lacks the raw, cinema vertité feeling that made TCM so successful. It's a mean, ugly movie with a grating soundtrack of near constant screaming and a painful electronic score. It's probably best viewed in an early 1980s 42nd street grind house, or not at all. This was a pretty dismal viewing experience. It may hold some curiosity for appearances by Carolyn Jones, Mel Ferrer, and Robert Englund. Every character in this movie is a disposable role.


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