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Eaten Alive (2-Disc Special Edition)

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The Starlight, a decrepit hotel run by Judd (Neville Brand), receives few customers. Perhaps it’s the remote location in the Texas bayous. Perhaps it’s the owner's violent mood swings. Or perhaps it’s the man-eating crocodile in the backyard. But one dark steamy night finds the Starlight visited by a runaway prostitute (Roberta Collins, Death Race 2000), a young couple (Marilyn Burns and William Finley) and their child (Kyle Richards, Halloween), a dying father and his daughter (Mel Ferrer and Crystin Sinclaire), and sex-obsessed Buck (Robert Englund, A Nightmare on Elm Street), all of whom will experience an unforgettable night of terror at the hands of Judd and his pet croc.

A raw, violent, and bizarre portrayal of madness run amok in rural America, Eaten Alive was director Tobe Hooper's follow-up to the international hit, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Dark Sky Films proudly presents this two-disc special edition which features a brand new transfer from long-lost vault materials and never-before-seen bonus features.

Bonus Features Include:
Feature-length audio commentary w/ producer Mardi Rustam, actors Roberta Collins, William Finley and Kyle Richards, & make-up artist Craig Reardon
"The Gator Creator: Tobe Hooper"
"My Name is Buck: Robert Englund
"The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball"
"5ive Minutes with Marilyn Burns"
Theatrical Trailers (x7)
TV Spots (x2)
Radio Spots (x2)
Still Gallery Slideshow (motion)
Alternate Credits and Title Sequences (x2)

A wild mix of surreal fantasy and grindhouse splatterfest, Tobe (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) Hooper's 1976 sophomore feature pits an all-star cast against the homicidal owner of a backwoods hotel and his pet crocodile, with expectedly bloody results. Veteran character actor Neville Brand gives a memorably eccentric performance as the deranged hotelier, whose unpredictable rages frequently end in the violent death of his guests; Mel Ferrer is the inquisitive father of one victim, Robert Englund is a lusty local yokel, and William Finley and Marilyn Burns (Chainsaw's heroine) are a married couple on the verge of a meltdown who make the mistake of renting a room from Brand. Naturally, Brand's homicidal impulses get the better of him, and the film's finale nicely echoes the sheer bedlam of Chainsaw's final act, with all parties (including Stuart Whitman as a very laid-back sheriff) struggling to escape Brand and his croc with all body parts intact. While Eaten Alive never hits the same nerve-jangling heights of terror as its predecessor, Hooper does bring considerable style and verve to its crazy-quilt story, most notably in its garish lighting scheme, which suggests the exaggerated panels of '50s horror comics. And horror fans who don't mind a dash of black humor with their grue will appreciate Brand's stream of consciousness mutterings, as well as the cat-and-mouse game conducted by Finley and Burns' daughter (Kyle Richards) and the monster croc under the hotel. The impressive double-disc set includes a widescreen presentation of the original feature taken from vault materials (the picture was available under a variety of titles, each with different running times); disc one also offers commentary by Finley, Richards, producer Mardi Rustam, and makeup artist Craig Reardon. Hooper is profiled on disc two in an interview that details how he became involved in the project, and the difficulties encountered in bringing it to the screen. Englund and Burns are also interviewed about their careers and participation in the film, and a short documentary titled "The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball" sheds like on the obscure real-life crime that in part inspired the movie. The extras are rounded out by a battery of behind-the-scenes photos, theatrical trailers and radio spots for Eaten Alive's numerous retitlings (including a preview from Japan), and two alternate credit and title sequences. The most amusing extra, however, comes in the form of comment cards filled out by test screening viewers, which run the gamut from disgusted to enthralled. -- Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Still gallery
  • The Gator Creator: Tobe Hooper
  • My Name is Buck: Robert Englund
  • The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball
  • 5ive Minutes with Marilyn Burns
  • Theatrical trailers, TV and radio spots
  • Behind the scenes slideshow
  • Alternate credits and title sequences
  • Comment cards

Product Details

  • Actors: Tracey Adams, Janus Blythe, Neville Brand, Marilyn Burns, Robert Englund
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RPCJA2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,765 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eaten Alive (2-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Woods on February 15, 2000
Format: DVD
First off: Elite's widescreen DVD is terrific - this is the best this film is ever going to look. This semi-disappointing follow-up to Texas Chainsaw Massacre involves a lunatic who kills guests and feeds their bodies to a crocodile that lives in the next door swamp. Things are off to a slow start at the beginning (you get a lot of sleazy decor) but once Hooper cranks up the action to ram speed there are enough ladies screaming, prostitutes running, lords-a-leaping, maids-a-milking - you get the idea. The only problem is the hotel set. It looks like a cheap set. In the chase scenes, there is no camera movement - everyone just runs around in circles in one wide shot. The crocodile is not the most realistic thing ever (the victims can be seen forcing themselves into its mouth). Yet, the performances are good and the whole affair is actually very disturbing. On that note, I recommend you check into this "Horror Hotel" for a little "Starlight Slaughter" if you know what I mean.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By creatureart on September 20, 2004
Format: DVD
now this is the real "TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2" I mean this flick is just flat out great!!!!! I love it!! Weather people want to admit it or not this flick has alot of the same quality atmosphere that (T.C.M.)has. The psycho in this flick is a psycho!!! He reminds u of all three sick-os in (T.C.M.)"leatherface" "weasley little brother" & "the cook" all rolled up in one nuttt cake of a dude & in my opinion thats where 75% of the creeeepy sick-o atmosphere comes from. The other 25% is split between the gator & the isolated setting. This is TOBE HOOPER'S ultimate underrated movie & I truley believe that this movie would have been recieved much better by the public & critics if it wasn't for the massive sucsess of "TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE" & also if it wasn't released so soon after (T.C.M.) there might have been some breathing room for it to blossom on its own. Anyway I think this belongs in every true fanz horror collection with out a doubt!! So get it! Later on fellow horror fanz!!! E!!!N!!!J!!!O!!!Y!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By g1984gle on March 13, 2006
Format: DVD
Eaten Alive is a fun and twisted low-budget horror that fans of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre will enjoy. Three of the original cast and crew take part in this movie, and as you watch, you will often be reminded of TCM. The soundtrack to this film is very similar to TCM, but still original.

There is a fair amount of unnecessary dialogue and adding crocidiles to this storyline seems a bit gimmicky, besides, they look really fake. Expect a small amount of really well done gore effects.

The story here isn't really about the crocodiles at all, it's about the creepy motel manager. He is really strange, but not nearly as creepy as some of the characters in Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Overall Eaten Alive is a better than average horror flick that verges on being really creepy! 3 1/2 STARS
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2004
Format: DVD
Chainsaw is the perfect horror movie, and although this is no chainsaw, it is definitley the work of the same man. This is about as good a terror film can be without being TCM. The film is never boring, the villian is ultra creepy (think drayton sawyer from TCM running a hotel), and the cinematography is perfect. I'm not exactly sure what everyones problem is with the music, it seems to fit seamlessly. Well I'm sorry folks, I just gotta say i like this one. The gator effects however do leave a little to be desired.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BloodMoon on March 22, 2000
Format: DVD
First off, let me warn you: this is nowhere near The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I do have to give the film credit though, as it holds up considerably well, being in the shadow of that master film. It's about a crazed redneck feeding irate motel customers to his pet crocodile (or was it alligator?), and Hooper tries for the ambience of Texas Chainsaw, and it's emotional intensity. As for how well he did, let's just say that you should put Texas Chainsaw completely out of your mind while seeing this, or you'll be very disappointed. But if you like a little backwoods horror, this one's not too bad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Body Count Rising on November 11, 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Released by: Arrow Video
Release Date: September 14, 2014 (UK) / September 15, 2015 (US)
Production Year: 1977
Region Code: A + B
Running Time: 1:30:54
Audio: English LPCM Mono
Video: 1080p (1.85:1 Aspect Ratio)
Subtitles: English SDH

THE FILM - [3.5 / 5]:

Meet the maniac and his friend. Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Kruger's famous red and green sweater, horror icon Robert Englund delivered a supremely sleazy performance as Buck in "Eaten Alive," another essay in taut Southern terror from Tobe Hooper, director of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre."

Deep in the Louisiana bayou sits the ramshackle Starlight Hotel, destination of choice for those who like to check in but not check out! Presided over by the bumbling, mumbling Judd (and his pet crocodile which he keeps in a large pond out front), the patron of this particular establishment may seem like a good-natured ol' Southern gent, but he has a mean temper on him, and a mighty large scythe to boot. Oozing atmosphere from every pore (the entire film was shot on a sound-stage at the famous Raleigh Studious, which lends it a queasy, claustrophobic feel) "Eaten Alive" matches "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" for sheer insanity and even drafts in Chain Saw star Marilyn Burns as the terrorized woman-in-peril, alongside William Finley (Phantom of the Paradise) and Mel Ferrer (The Longest Day).

"Eaten Alive" is a horror film I have enjoyed for a long time. It is similar in tone to Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" in that it has a dirty and gritty feel to it. The Starlight Hotel looks like the type of place you just drive right by when you are looking for a place to stay while on a road trip.
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