A sheriff named Hank
Keough (Brendon Gleeson) does some
researching with his deputy named Stevens
(Richard Leacock) in a lake called Lake
Placid. While Stevens is scubbadiving
under water he is suddenly and quickly
chomped in half by an unknown creature.
They bring some reserachers and other
deputies into the area to help to find
out what caused his death and bring up
the local Game Warden named Jack Wells
(Bill Pullman) and he teams up with a
paleontologist named Kelly Scott (Bridget
Fonda) from New York to find the beast.
Then arrives an eccentric philanthropist
with a penchant for "Crocs"
named Hector Cyr (Oliver Platt) who tells
them they are dealing with a crocodile
but some of them find it very hard to
believe it is due to certain weather
conditions during the different seasons
at the lake.
Hector tries to set booby traps for the
croc but Hank ends up being trapped in
them all the time. While they are
researching again in the lake, another
deputy's head is chomped off by this
crocodile who is a close friend of
Next, they dicover that a nutty widow
named Delores Bickerman (Betty White)
whom they have questioned her before has
been feeding this croc with her cattle to
keep it alive. The team tries to find
some way to flush it out of the lake by
keeping it alive and transferring it to
another department of a lake in another
country before it kills more people, and
this time it would be including them!
We spot an impressive beginning with Sheriff Hank Keough in his fishing boat listening to the radio as well as his assistant scuba diving to search for something as well as later on something grabbing him and charging towards the boat in a Jaws type of fashion along with Hank trying to pull him up with a shocking result as this will please gorehounds big time. A great start for a horror film indeed.
We have some nice timing with Hank months later going to the same area where his assistant was killed to find clues as well as having Kelly Scott and Jack Wells joining him to do some research along with their arguing as it showed good by having different types of personalities along with Kelly being a pain in the neck too.
Nice funny moments when the gang talks to an elderly local Mrs. Delores Bickerman on situations as well as her discussing on killing her husband which catches you off guard by her reasons and other moments on this eccentric lady who seems to have an over the top personality as the humor works into the story pretty good as well as making this woman mysterious.
Also have good moments when some one is scuba diving in the water as well as on the lake with something bubbling which adds a good creepiness along with their boat being turned over adding more suspense to the story.
Nice discussions with everyone at night partying near their tents as well as Hector acting charming to one of the women there which was an attention grabber.
Perfect timing with a dispute between Hank and Hector as well as this sheirff sucker punching him offering humoress timing by what was said beforehand. Plus a nice suspenseful moment on a bear coming out ready to attack and then the crocodile coming out of the lake and dragging this grizzly beast in as it was impressive to watch all of this happening.
Many effective romantic discussions coming between Jack and Kelly in which this makes you think that this woman wasn't so bad after all and becoming totally likeable making the moments with this character looking quite clever.
Suspenseful moment on a boat when someone leans their body over and a fast attack happens with a gruesome result in which this was supposed to have made you jump but doesn't do the trick sadly.
Another memorable moment is we spot a corcodile waiting near a land of the lake and Hank uses binoculars to see on what's going on spotting the elderly woman Delores bringing her cow for this croc to feast away on which shows black comedy into the story as well as the mild horror too.
Perfect creepy and still moment with Hector in the lake and suddenly the croccdile creeps up on him and he is scared still with the two of them looking at one another straight in the eye as well as a great shot on how big this reptile is. Makes you shiver for sure wondering if this person will be next to be eaten alive.
Perfect moment on the crocodile trying to lunge for a helicopter flying away
as this almost pays a tribute to Jaws 2. It was suspensefully well done.
Great action moments with someone using the helicopter and using a cow as bait to try and catch the crocodile as we watch carefully and some of the backfired plans which looked creepy as well as this crocodile trying to plunge through this helicopter which looked exciting to watch and effective.
Bottom line is that I very much
enjoyed this film as it shows true talent
into making a film with a good strong
plot and not one of those typical type
horror flicks that offers mainly killing
to cover the storyline. This is packed with action and comedy as
well making this film a major
entertainment vehicle to watch as well. It's both witty, terrifying and
adventurous all together. I advise horror fans to watch this piece
if they haven't already as they has a
terrific set to shoot this thing.
The acting is
great and has an interesting cast of
characters. Bill Pullman (Jack Wells) did a fine job playing the level headed one of the gang in which he was convincing as someone whom is intelligent on what he is doing. Was s olid performer by all that he does here. Also does a good job with his conversations which shines on nicely here.
Fonda (Kelly Scott) brought on a great hyped type of behavior and in the beginning of her performance she definetely proved as someone whom was annoying and not liked as well as getting in your face. Plus was believeable by being whiney and a perfect griper. She knew on how to make a change in that by acting charming and romantic in which she shows off a good heroic type when the action piles up and getting into it all marvellusly. She was a versatile character actress and a good one too.
Oliver Platt (Hector Cyr) was a natural ham in his part of the flick and came across as someone whom is somewhat an idiot in which he drives good energy within all of this. Plus shows off a good charming attitude towards one of the actresses in the film at a party. Also was on the alert a great deal when situations come up as well as acting like a jerk which he shows off well too. Reacts well scared stiff when in the lake facing the crocodile. Had one of the most effective roles in the film.
We have a great co-starring role by
Brendon Gleeson (Sherrif Hank Keough) as the temperamental
lawman whom is funny in his role when he
loses his temper. He shows off a great seriousness in his role along with showing great energy and blocking in each scene. Also was effective taking a swing at someone which was right on target. Had the perfect looks and appeal for this role and found him to be the best of the cast.
There's also a hilarious supporting role
by Betty White (Mrs. Delores Bickerman) as the nutty
bubble-headed widow which should give you
a few laughs if you enjoyed her work in
shows before, since she usually played
these types of roles. Shows off some good energy and came across as someone whom was a bit off and showing a nice eccentric type of attitude. She had a nice key role to the story.
Meredith Salenger (Deputy Sharon Gare) had a nice sharp attitude in her supporting role as someone of the law as well as really getting on a situation and showing a good seriousness and caring behavior too. Plus does well acting alert on a terrifying moment as she shows some decent energy into this.
A deputy is
chomped in half which is very gruesome
A decapitated moose's head is found in a
A persons head rolls in towards the camp
scene of the researchers.
We also get the croc quickly chomping off
another deputy's head.
Excellent composing by
John Ottman as he brings the
suspense with his classical composing
when it's necessary and making it sound
very mainstream. His direction with musical backgrounds is
guaranteed to make you jump at times. Alot of sudden loud trombone playing and heavy drum rolls too as this works all the time for suspenseful horror flicks. The music sounds superb piece by piece.
We have a three songtracks
used in the film and one of them is a
cover song of The Partridge Family's classic "I Think I Love
You", played during the
beginning of the movie when the sherrif
and deputy are doing reserch work in the
lake and the son is playing on their
radio which the track was memorable to anyone who saw this flick.
Also there is a song entitled "It's
Not Unusual" by Tom Jones and
during the closing credits there's a
reggae song performed by Bob Marley and
the Wailers with their track "Is
Bickerman: I'm rooting for the
crocodile. I hope he swallows your
finding a decaying toe]
Hector: Is this the man that was
Sheriff Hank Keough: He seemed...
Hank Keough: Ma'am, your husband
Bernie, you didn't by any chance lead him
to the lake blindfolded?
Mrs. Bickerman: If I had a dick,
this is where I'd tell you to suck it!
Hector Cyr: I'm a civilian, not a
trout - you have no authority over me
Scott: The lake is so black and
Sheriff Hank Keough: Yeah, we
wanted to call it Lake Placid, but we
heard that name was already taken.
Wells: It's not a science trip.
Kelly Scott: Could you be a little
more condescending? 'Cause I'm not real
great with subtlety.
Jack Wells: Something in that lake
killed somebody, all right? I appreciate
your trying to help. I'm really glad that
you... brought the RAID.
Kelly Scott: There, that's better.
Jack Wells: Ma'am...
Kelly Scott: Look, if you call me
"ma'am" one more time I'll sue
you for sexual harrassment, and with
today's laws, it's possible.
Sheriff Hank Keough: She's good.
Scott: You got to fire your big gun.
Did it meet your expectations?
Sheriff Hank Keough: Overrated.
Scott: I don't do field and even if I
did... Maine? I'm allergic to timber!
Hank Keough: I... I... I never heard
of a crocodile crossing an ocean.
Hector Cyr: Well, they conceal
information like that in books.
Hank Keough: Tents were sent ahead.
Should already be set up by the time we
Kelly Scott: Tents? We're staying
Sheriff Hank Keough: I told you,
two days we'd have to camp.
Kelly Scott: Yes! Camp! But I
thought that meant Ramada Inn. I never
heard tents! Will there be toilets?
Jack Wells: Maybe we should just
take you back.
Kelly Scott: Why? Because I prefer
Kelly Scott: Maybe I should just
wipe myself with some leafy little piece
of poison oak. And then I can spend the
whole day scratchin' my ass, blendin' in
with the natives.
Scott: Uh, there's something I wanted
to ask you. What's it like to be a woman
in the woods of Maine? I mean, the guys
don't turn all horny or anything like
they did in Deliverance, right?
[She sees Jack Wells is listening]
Kelly Scott: Ahh... I knew you
Jack Wells: Hmm. Never been to
Maine before, huh?
Kelly Scott: Oh, I have good
hygiene, I'm not welcome.
Hank Keough: Who are you?
Hector Cyr: Hector Cyr, I said it
once, lemme know when it sinks in, OK?
Hank Keough: Crocodiles can't swim in
Hector Cyr: Yeah, well, that'll be
your little secret.
Keough finds two of his deputies digging
a deep hole and gives them an icy stare]
1st Deputy: He paid us. Five
2nd Deputy: It's a trap.
Sheriff Hank Keough: You accepted
money from him?
1st Deputy: We took a check.
Cyr is dancing with a female Deputy
Hector Cyr: Law enforcement is
very dangerous work isn't it?
Hector Cyr: And you have such big,
Deputy Sharon Gare: Ha! Thank you!
Cyr is preparing to SCUBA dive to look
for the crocodile]
Sheriff Hank Keough: I brought a
pork chop for luck. Maybe you could hang
it around your neck.
Hector Cyr: That's sweet. Maybe
later you can chew the bark off my big
Bickerman: Oh, my husband passed
away. It's been almost two years now.
Sheriff Hank Keough: My department
doesn't have any record of that, Mrs.
Mrs. Bickerman: Well, I'm sorry.
Incomplete records haunt me so.
Jack Wells: What was the cause of
your husband's death, ma'am? Do you know?
Kelly Scott: We don't mean to
invade your privacy, but was he ill, was
Sheriff Hank Keough: Was he
Hank Keough: The tooth is in here.
Kelly Scott: Well that's... that's
Sheriff Hank Keough: Yes.
Kelly Scott: Well, uh... is the
dead guy in there?
Sheriff Hank Keough: That's where
they keep 'em. Look, you want me to bring
the tooth out here?
Kelly Scott: No. No, let's...
Cyr: I am a brown belt! Go ahead!
Take your best shot! Take your best
[the sheriff punches him in the nose,
knocks him flat]
Sheriff Hank Keough: He said he
Jack Wells: You hit him.
Sheriff Hank Keough: I did, yeah.
Hector Cyr: Did he say
"go"? Aren't you supposed to
say "go" in karate? You're
supposed to say "go"!
Hank Keough: Look. He's suffering. I
get to be humane.
[Aims grenade launcher]
Hector Cyr: No! No. No, no, no
look, he's trapped. We've done it. So
what it's not a net but, but, but he's
trapped. Mission accomplished.
Jack Wells: Shoot him!
Hector Cyr: I've got more drugs.
He's half dead.
Jack Wells: He's half alive! Shoot
Bickerman: Murders and rapes in the
city, people bomb planes, can the police
stop 'em? No! But feed one little cow to
Sheriff Hank Keough: You're gonna
stay right here until the police show.
You're under full house arrest.
Mrs. Bickerman: Thank you, officer
U.S. and Florida game officials finally
Sheriff Hank Keough: We, uh,
trapped him with our chopper.
Cyr: He bit me! He bit me! There's
two! There's two!
Sheriff Hank Keough: I can count.
[the second crocs rears up out of the
water and the sheriff blows his head off
with the grenade launcher]
Sheriff Hank Keough: Back to one.
Cyr: What'd Bickerman say?
Jack Wells: Well, she didn't want
to tell us about the second croc 'cause
she was afraid we'd blow its head off.
Sheriff Hank Keough: Women's
Hector: Sometimes when friends of
the family say things, they tend not to
sink in. So maybe it would help to hear
it from a complete stranger. YOU'RE FAT.
Scott: His scales were oval. He's an
Sheriff Hank Keough: Why... why
would he come here? I mean, it's
impossible. Asia. How would he get here?
Hector Cyr: Obviously some asshole
in Hong Kong flushed him down the toilet.
Bickerman: I'll sue you!
Jack Wells: Go ahead.
Mrs. Bickerman: You can't take a
cow by eminent domain!
Sheriff Hank Keough: We just did.
Jack Wells: We won't let her get
Mrs. Bickerman: You're all
cocksuckers! I knew it first, I just
didn't want to say it!
Scott: What kind of backup do we
Sheriff Hank Keough: We?
Kelly Scott: What?
Sheriff Hank Keough: Well, I'm a
little unclear as to why the museum would
send somebody here.
Kelly Scott: You got a thing
Sheriff Hank Keough: Naw, I got
nothin' against museums.
Kelly Scott: Ever been in one?
Sheriff Hank Keough: Quit hitting
Kelly Scott: Stop throwing heads
Hank Keough: We're saved! The museum
in New York just sent us some additional
Kelly Scott: Kelly Scott.
Jack Wells: Jack Wells.
Kelly Scott: Hi.
Jack Wells: Eh, some museum sent
Kelly Scott: What, are we all
museum bigots in Maine?
Sheriff Hank Keough: She's rude
sarcastic. You two should get along.
Wells: Do you know how your husband
Mrs. Bickerman: Oh yes! I killed
Jack Wells: You killed him?
Mrs. Bickerman: Oh yes!
Scott: I will NOT calm down! This is
the second time I've been hit with a
severed head and I DON'T LIKE IT!
Cyr: Let's not overlook the fact that
he didn't eat me.
Jack Wells: 'Cause he just ate a
the progress of taming the crocodile
instead of killing it]
Kelly Scott: We're doing the right
Jack Wells: You wouldn't think so
if you are eaten.
Cyr: Did she tell you we had sex? So
Kelly Scott: I *never* had sex
Hector Cyr: Damn, I'm so terrible,
they never remember.
Cyr: You're supposed to say 'go' in
karate. You face each other, you bow, and
you say go!
Sheriff Hank Keough: Yeah, as in
go fuck yourself!
Bickerman: Is it illegal to wish the
chewing of law enforcement?
Bickerman: [slapping her cow to
the crocodile] Come and get it.
Scott: You hurt his feelings.
Jack Wells: I don't care.
Jack Wells: Do you care?
Sheriff Hank Keough: No, he's an
Hank Keough: Oh God, we forgot to
pack feminine napkins!