Killer Crocodile title


Killer CrocodileDuring the late 80’s, the guy who produced “Zombie Flesh Eaters”, Fabrizio DeAngelis (no doubt inspired by the 1980 film “Alligator” by Lewis Teague), got together with Italian SFX maestro Gianetto De Rossi and directed this rather amusing Jaws rip-off about a giant rubber crocodile on the rampage in a South American Swamp.

A group of ecologists, lead by Anthony Crenna, discover that a nearby chemical plant has been dumping barrels of toxic waste into the swamplands and that the local law enforcement official, a fat lazy American known as “the judge”, is being paid to look the other way.

Unfortunately, their efforts to try and prove where the waste is coming from are hampered when they are attacked by a 30ft Crocodile, that’s grown to gigantic proportions after exposure to the waste.

Hooking up with a local hunter, played by Thomas Moore, they attempt to wipe out the crocodile before it wipes out everyone else. This provides the film with some of its more hilarious moments, as the distinctly rubber looking croc appears to be 12ft in length one minute, then 30ft the next. Then when the hunter is unable to kill it with his elephant gun, he leaps on its backs and starts stabbing it with a boat hook Captain Ahab style (yeah, like that’ll work).

A film that can only be recommended to lovers of cheesy Italian films. Be sure to checkout the score by Riz Ortalini which sounds distinctly similar to Jaws (so similar I’m surprised they didn’t get sued). One thing’s for sure, this isn’t Lake Placid.

Film score : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Director Fabrizio DeAngelis is probably better known for his collaborations with Lucio Fulci on films such as "Zombie Flesh Eaters", "The Beyond" and "House by the Cemetery". His other credits include "Zombie Holocaust" and "Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals". Prior to working in the film industry he apparently worked as a postman.

  • Thomas Moore also starred in the 1985 action pic "Cobra Mission".

  • The "Jaws" inspired film score was by Riz Ortolani, who has over 188 film scores to his credit. Selected credits include "Cannibal Holocaust", "Mondo Cane" and "Africa Addio".

  • Filmed back to back with "Killer Crocodile 2"

  • The Italian VHS version by AVO films, and the old Japanese laserdisc, missed out a an extended pre-credit intro sequence, showing a young couple bathing in a lake, then getting chomped on by the Crocodile. The full complete version is however currently available on Japanese DVD by MagNet.

  • The crocodile was created by Italian special effects expert Gianetto DeRossi, who's other credits include "Living Dead at Manchester Morgue", "Cannibal Apocalypse", "Zombie Flesh Eaters and "The Beyond". He has also had some more mainstream work in films such as "Rambo 3", "Dune", "Daylight" and "Dragonheart". He also designed the Iron mask for Leonardo DeCaprio in the 1998 remake of "Man in the Iron mask".

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