Lake Placid

Lake Placid

Fox 2000 Pictures/Phoenix Pictures/Rocking Chair Productions, USA, 1999
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Director: Steve Miner
Writer: David E. Kelley
Cast: Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White, David Lewis, Tim Dixon, Natassia Malthe, Mariska Hargitay, Meredith Salenger, Jed Rees, Richard Leacock, Jake T. Roberts, Warren Takeuchi, Ty Olsson, Adam Arkin, Steve Miner

I saw this first time years ago and what strikes me when seeing it again is I didn’t remember it being this good (or funny). It’s not much of a horror film but more of an adventure/comedy, even though the thought of a 30 foot crocodile is scary.

A diver inventating beavers in Black Lake is attacked and bitten in half by “something” and a tooth found suggests it’s something ancient. Sheriff Keough, Fish and Game officer Jack Wells and paleontologist Kelly Scott go there to investigate. They are joined by Hector Cyr, an excentric mythology professor and crocodile enthusiast.

Hector and the Sheriff doesn’t get along so well, so there is a lot of tension between them. Jack and Kelly on the other hand gets along just fine even if they both expect the other one to make the first move. Then there is the very weird little old lady who is the only one living by the lake.

Lake Placid doesn’t rely on gore, even if there are some bit off heads, half bodies and smaller bodyparts found lying around in the woods. The bodycount is surprisingly low if the croc has been in the lake for several years, but maybe it’s been on a mostly beaver and fish diet.

When it’s been verifyed that there really is a crocodile in the lake, and it’s behind the deaths, there is the small matter of deciding what to do with it. One solution is to hunt it down and kill it, but since it’s at least 150 years old, probably has crossed the ocean from somewhere in Asia and has grown to the extreme size it has, some think it would be unacceptable to just kill it. Hector has brought equipment to try and trap it alive, but to do that first they need to find it and lure it up from the water.

Acting is good and the crocodile is believeble. Somebody said Lake Placid is a B-movie on an A-budget, and I think that sums my impressions up pretty well. It feels like a classic creature feature ought to when done in the 90’s.

My verdict: 6 out of 10.

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