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Lake Placid 2

Lake Placid 2

Asgaard Branding, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Unified Film Organization (UFO), USA, 2007
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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
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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.