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Eaten Alive (2-Disc Special Edition) (1977)

Tracey Adams , Janus Blythe  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RPCJA2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eaten Alive (2-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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

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Product Description

Restored and Remastered

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

Customer Reviews

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the Maniac and his Friend! February 15, 2000
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "THE TEXAS GATOR MASSACRE" September 20, 2004
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Tobe Hooper January 18, 2004
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, but not terrible March 22, 2000
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
4.0 out of 5 stars WEEEEIRD May 13, 2000
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This has never been one of my favorite horror flicks, but it does have a very weird feel to it and is definitely worth a second look. Ya, the set looks fake, the characters are one-dimensional, the gator is made out of rubber, etc....but how can you hate a movie with such histrionics! Neville Brand looks like he's on speed and really chews up his role to the max and Marilyn Burns (Sally in "Texas Chainsaw") once again proves how great an actress she was (or at least knows how to scream and look terrified!). Robert Englund plays a womanizing gigolo, Carolyn Jones (Morticia! ) plays a disfigured Madam, and Mel Ferrer is in it too, but my favorite character is that obnoxious little girl who keeps SCREEEEEEAAMING throughout the whole movie as the gator chases her under the house. EAT HER ALREADY! It's absolutely hysterical! This is truly one bizarre puppy --- nowhere near as intense as TCM, but it still has a lot going for it. The DVD from ELITE is kind of a basic package - the print used surprisingly has some scratches and other blemishes/wear (mostly around reel changes), but overall it looks VERY NICE and is nothing to complain about. The only extra is the trailer. Also, no paper insert in the DVD case. All in all, a worthy addition to a horror DVD collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars What A Horrible Film!!
Wow, was that bad. Horrible film!! This was Tobe Hoopers next film after Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its amazing the difference in quailty, atmosphere, acting and story from the... Read more
Published 59 minutes ago by Jason Whitehouse
1.0 out of 5 stars Tobe Hooper is terrible
Horrendous, even for a 70's trash horror that paved the way for other trash horror. I was so bored. I only finished it because I paid for it. I hated it.
Published 6 days ago by M. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars The transfer quality of video and audio is pretty good. It feels like...
For fans of seventies slasher horror, this is the movie for you. For fans of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, this is also the movie for you; though, it does not quite hold up to... Read more
Published 19 days ago by David Buckner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Delivered in timely manner and loved it :-D
Published 22 days ago by b127191983
2.0 out of 5 stars As thin of a plot as my review is short.
Plot was thin and drawn out. Not my favorite horror movie at all with nothing more to say. Kind of bummed it wasn't better.
Published 23 days ago by hidden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
movie is good
Published 2 months ago by Big Dog
4.0 out of 5 stars Eaten Alive!!!
This is a good, but not what I expected. I thought it was more of a "Emerald Jungle" type movie.
Published 3 months ago by Sandra in Alabama
2.0 out of 5 stars eaten alive gets 2 stars because it's good sometimes for a horror...
Okay now eaten alive was sort of in a way terrible now it can't compare to his classics and you should know what movies i mean by classics it has great actor's in it like Robert... Read more
Published 3 months ago by thomas henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Eaten Alive
Product arrived on time and in great condition but i have not watched this movie yet so I cannot comment on movie content or how well this DVD plays.
Published 9 months ago by Jimmy C.
4.0 out of 5 stars ignore everyone who says to avoid this
This feels like the spiritual successor to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. If you enjoy bizzare, weird, creepy, wacky demented 70's and 80's horror than you will love this flick. Read more
Published 16 months ago by oldtree
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