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Lake Placid 3

Lake Placid 3

Stage 6 Films/RCR Media Group/UFO Films/Curmudgeon Films, USA, 2010
AKA: ?
Director: Griff Furst
Writer: David Reed
Cast: Colin Ferguson, Yancy Butler, Kirsty Mitchell, Kacey Clarke, Jordan Grehs, Michael Ironside, Mark Evans, Nils Hognestad, Bianca Ilich, Angelica Penn, Brian Landon, Atanas Srebrev, Don Andersen, Roxanne Pallett, James Marchant, Velizar Binev, John Laskowski, Ivo Simeonov, Kremena Otashliyska

Everyone, oddly enough, just like in Lake Placid 2 has totally forgot about earlier crocodile attacks. A brittish teen couple hitches a ride to the lake to hang out by the water and have sex on the beach. OC they end upp as crocodile food. Just like the bugarians who had the same idea in number 2. At this point I realised my version of the film was the cut TV-version so I missed out on all the tits and Roxanne Paletts much talked about full frontal nudity.

Crazy Sadie Bickerman’s nephew Nathan, his wife Susan and his young son Connor is at the lakehouse to clean out her (an her sisters) stuff. They plan to sell the house, but since people are still a bit freaked out about crocs, they decide to keep it until they can get a better prise. Connor who wants a pet, wanders off and find a cople of baby crocs which he starts to feed. Guess it runs in the family. The family goes back to town, but since Nathan is a game warden and has a problem with elks disappering en masse in the area around the lake, and Susan is a successful real estate agent and never home, Connor sneaks off to the lake to feed the crocodiles as often as he can. He even begins to steal meat at the store.

Nathan suspects Reba, a female poacher but most likely the elks became crocodile food. When he finds the severed head of a big elk he calls on Sheriff Willinger. Willinger has checked the entire lake four times and is certain there are no more crocs, but it turns out he is wrong. He and Nathan goes out in a boat to try and hunt the crocodiles down and kill them before they kill any more people. Meanwhile a teenager hires Reba as a guide to help him find his girlfriend, who is somewhere in the woods surrounding the lake. His girlfriend, Ellie, has gone camping with another girl and two creeps. One of them tries every trick to get the girls naked and when they changes into bikinis he is spying on them and filming them with his phone. The other one has lied to Ellie about her boyfriend cheating on her and that’s why she went along camping.

Connor sneaks off to the Lake House to feed the crocodiles but he is followed by Vica, the babysitter. Her dog is killed by a crocodile and she is severly bitten, but Susan turns up and she and Connor get Vica into the lake house. Their cellphones doesn’t work and crocodiles are staking out the yard so they can’t get to the car but is stuck in the house.

Reba, two poacher friends of hers and Ellies boyfriend is on a boat when the crocodiles attack them and kill one of the poachers. The crocodiles attack again in the woods. It’s getting dark so they decide to try to get to the lake house, unaware of the crocodile siege. Nathan and Sheriff Willinger is going for the lake house to and even Ellie is on her way there, even if she doesn’t know where she’s going.

The crocodiles in Lake Placid 3 is different from the ones in 1 and 2. They seem to be more intelligent and they seem to hunt as a group. When some of the people from the lake house finally manages to get away the crocodiles follows into town and attacks again in the same store where Connor stole meat to feed them.

Since I was watching the titless version there wasn’t really any skin, but there was definitely more blood and fiercer crocodile attacks than before. The film felt a bit darker and at first I felt it was going to be better than Lake Placid 2, even if not as good as Lake Placid 1. I soon changed my mind though. Apart from Michael Ironside and some of the smallest parts, acting was terrible. Most of the time overacting as if they didn’t take their part seriosly themselves. There wasn’t really a story and most of the characters were annoying, stupid or mean, so You just couldn’t wait to see them get eaten. Reba was probably supposed to be some sort of female Rambo, but she was just silly and over the top. The film would have been much better without her, but I hear she returns in the next sequel. So compared to part 2 I would say more blood (+), less story (-) and less believable characters (-).

My verdict: 4 out of 10.

Lake Placid 2

Lake Placid 2

Asgaard Branding, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Unified Film Organization (UFO), USA, 2007
AKA:
Director: David Flores
Writer: Todd Hurvitz, Howie Miller
Cast: John Schneider, Sarah Lafleur, Sam McMurray, Chad Michael Collins, Alicia Ziegler, Joe Holt, Ian Reed Kesler, Justin Urich, Cloris Leachman, VJ Kewl, Robert Blush, Jonas Talkington, Terence H. Winkless, Michael McCoy, Andrea Enright, Zhasmina Toskova, Vlado Mihailov, Yana Marinova

I did like the original Lake Placid but didn’t have too high hopes for this sequel. None of the original cast returns (unless You count a black and white photo of Betty White) and it’s made straight for TV. This usually means “not very good, or at least worse than the original”.

Anyway, eight years has passed since they shiped off the giant crocodile and everyone seems to have forgotten all about it. Maybe the authoritys covered it up somehow or maybe people just don’t watch the news anymore. There’s a new sheriff in town. He has a weird haircut and doesn’t belive in any crocodiles in his lake, so when a researcher tells him his partner was killed by something in the lake while they were getting watersamples, his first guess is he had to much to smoke and forgot he was alone on the lake. When shown the arm and the leg that remains of the researcher, his second guess is a mountainlion or a bear. I’m no wild life expert, but I’d guess it’s not very common for either mountainlions or bears to attack people in boats on deep water.

Fish and Wildlife sends Emma to help with the investigation. She and Sheriff Riley has a history of dating which didn’t lead to anything but there is chemistry… Sheriff Riley’s son, Scott, who lives in Boston but is here for the summer finds chemistry to with Kerri. She has a boyfriend but Scott is invited to go to the lake with them and their friends.

Riley, Emma and the researcher, Frank, goes out in a boat, finds Franks friends head, and goes talking to “Crazy Sadie”. Sadie Bickerman is the sister of Delores Bickerman who fed the original crocodile live cattle and as those of us who’s seen the first film, cuddeled little baby crocs. She went missing one day and was never found, and her sister moved into her cottage.

Three bulgarians arrives at a beach. The two girls gets in the water topless splashing water at each other and playing around. The boy turns around changeing into swim trunks and when he turn back their gone. He goes into the water shouting for them and then they’re crocfood all three of them. As far as I know none of them has any connection to anyone else in the story so probably they’re just filling material. Someone probably wanted som T&A in the film and somebody else wanted more victims so they put the bulgarians in there as shreddies to cater for those needs.

Mirroring Hector Cyr’s arrival by helicopter in the first film, Struthers and his handyman/personal slave Ahmad arrive in an airplaine. Struthers is an arrogant egomaniac of a big game hunter hungry for some crocodile hunting. After Ahmad manages to kill the croc everyone relaxes but then their camp is attacked by enother one. Riley finds out his son is camping by the lake and sets out to find him. The y have allready been attacked but he takes the survivors to Crazy Sadie’s place. Crazy Sadie admits that her sister raised three children of the first crocodile and that she has been taking care of them since her sisters disappearance. She promises to take care of the kids while Riley hunts down the rest of the crocodiles, but can she be trusted?

There are lots of terribly bad CGI in Lake Placid 2. The crocs could have been better, but weirdest is Struthers airplane that lands on the water and when the camera zooms out it’s gone again. People to are acting strange. In the beginning Emma allmost faints when she sees the bit off leg of the first victim, and she states “Always had a weak stomach for blood” yet she gladly dives in the water from the boat to retrieve the same victims head. Sheriff Riley shows signs of psychopathy joking and cracking oneliners as people around him get killed by the crocs. Struthers is an asshole but he’s supposed to be one. Riley is supposed to be the hero. How is Struthers while up in his plane able to talk to Riley and Ahmad on the boat, when they neither wear headsets or have handheld radios? Despite all it’s flaws I liked it better than I expected to. It’s bad but it’s not that bad, if You know what I mean.

My verdict: 4 out of 10.

Lake Placid

Lake Placid

Fox 2000 Pictures/Phoenix Pictures/Rocking Chair Productions, USA, 1999
AKA:
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.