Lake Placid 3

release year: 2010
genre: monster horror
viewing setting: home DVD, 10/29/19 and 1/11/11 (during the "2011 snowstorm of Atlanta")

synopsis: Giant crocodiles are running amok in a small northern town, despite what anybody thinks.

impressions: It was pretty good, for a Sci-Fi original movie. There were a lot of funny lines and in-jokes. One minor problem involved cutting back and forth between different scenes - this is distracting when you switch between croc attacks. On the good side, there were plenty of croc attacks, some good-looking females who doubled as croc food, and the token stupid characters. One example: when you're hiking through the woods and find a severed elk head just sitting there on the trail, perhaps it's time to re-think the hiking trip, turn around, and go home. Elks don't just rip their own heads off and leave them lying around. Another stupid character with a shotgun managed to miss a point-blank shot at a croc's head, but soon after, he somehow accidentally hit another person who was twenty feet away.

body count: 1 lizard, 1 dog, 12 humans, 3 crocs (I think)

something this movie has that no other movie has: Someone killing (and decapitating!) a giant crocodile with a knife.

acting: About what you'd expect from a movie like this. The leads all did good jobs. Yancy Butler (who I last saw as the dumb female lead in Hard Target) is a tough female poacher/hunter who likes to attack giant crocs with a knife. Michael Ironside is the local chief of police. Jordan Grehs is perhaps the world's dumbest kid - he feeds baby crocs and then later feeds larger crocs. He just has no idea of the danger he's in, and technically, every death in this movie is his fault.

final word: Good giant crocodile cheese.

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