Eaten Alive (1977)
Eaten Alive (1977) is Tobe Hopper's follow-up to Texas Chainsaw
As the film opens, Roberta Collins is working in a cathouse run by
Carolyn Jones, when Robert Englund comes looking for "something
different." She is in no mood for a pain in the ass, refuses him,
and gets thrown out of the cathouse on the spot.
She ends up at a nearby motel, where the evil motel owner keeps a
pet gator. When the owner recognizes her as one of "Hattie's girls,"
he kills her and feeds her to his gator. A family of three shows up,
and the gator eats their little dog. The husband decides to shoot
the gator, so our favorite evil hotel owner kills ol' dad and feeds
him to the gator, ties the wife to the bed, and chases the little
daughter under the house.
- Roberta Collins wears a very thin nightie
Janus Blythe and Crystal Sinclair wear only
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The transfer is a decent
job, but they were working with poor prints
It is letterboxed to the
original widescreen theatrical ratio.
Robert Englund and Janus Blythe show up, playing a young couple
looking for a night of sex, but the two run afoul of the owner, and
they, too, become targets. The father and sister (Crystal Sinclair)
of the dead hooker arrive. They are given the clue about the cat
house, and eventually go off to visit the sheriff, setting the stage
for the finale.
The good news: the film affords a
chance to see an early appearance of Robert Englund, long before he
was Freddy Kruger.
The bad news: the plot is monotonous,
and the entire film was shot on a set so the evil motel seems very
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Based on this description,
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