Killer Crocodile (1989)
By: Devon B. on August 11, 2008  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD
X Rated Kult (Germany). Region 2, PAL. 1.66:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 2.0, German DD 2.0. German subtitles. 88 minutes
The Movie
Credits
Director: Fabrizio De Angelis
Starring: Anthony Crenna, Ann Douglas, Thomas Moore, Wohrman Williams
Screenplay: Fabrizio De Angelis
Country: Italy
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Killer Crocodile was one of the bootleg videos I bought years ago, in the dark days before DVD made even hardcore porn acceptable at mainstream retailers like Amazon. While most of the films I bought in those days have seen major release, Killer Crocodile has remained relatively obscure. I'm not sure why, as it's an enjoyable bit of Italian silliness.

The film is about some environmentalists who are out working on a river and discover some dumped radioactive waste. They try to warn the local authorities, but that gets them nowhere as the police force (or rather the one cop in the area) is corrupt. Unfortunately for all concerned, one of the other locals, of the saurian variety, was overexposed to the waste and grew rather large and extremely hungry.

Branded as a Jaws rip off, I'm not really sure that applies here, because it's a crocodile, not a shark. Certainly, it has scenes that are taken from Jaws, but overall I'd say Killer Crocodile owes more to The Creature From The Black Lagoon, which obviously inspired some of Jaws, so I guess the confusion is understandable. However, the score…well, the score owes just a smidge to a certain title theme by John Williams.

Regardless of which movie it's ripping off, Killer Crocodile is one of those so bad it's good marvels. The acting is forced with extra lame jokes thrown in by the English dubbers. The script is ridiculous, and the effects are often laughable. But, there is a giant crocodile and it eats stuff. In my review for Black Water I mentioned the need for a realistic croc movie, but that I love fluff like Killer Crocodile, and how can you not love a movie this pathetic? It'd be like hating the competitors in the Special Olympics, just not right.
Video
This is a tough one for me, because most anything would be a vast improvement on the pan and scan, 2nd generation, Greek subtitled version I was used to watching. The film still has specks, dirt, and grain, and the image is a little soft. For a low budget Italian movie from nearly 20 years ago that no one else would ever release, I'm happy with the print.
Audio
This is a German release, and as such, the German audio is better. The English track is way too quiet, and I found the dialogue easier to understand when watching the film in German. Not that you need to be fluent in German to do this, because if you can grasp the meaning of, "Krokodile! Nein! Nein!" you'll do just fine. Both tracks are still a bit rough. There're also optional German subtitles. For a low budget Italian movie from nearly 20 years ago that no one else would ever release, I still wish I could hear the dialogue. However, this is a German DVD, so I shouldn't complain that the audio is better on the German language track, but I'm still going to.
Extra Features
Not a whole lot going on here. We get the alternate Japanese and Italian openings, as well as the original German opening. There's a still gallery which features posters and covers under the original German title Der Mörder Alligator, which is a silly name because the animal in question is a crocodile. Finally we get trailers for some other X-Rated titles: Killerbus, The Great Alligator, Castle Freak, Rawhead Rex and Tail of the Scorpion.
The Verdict
While it maybe isn't required viewing for all, Killer Crocodile will be of interest to those that like silly Italian creature features. If you're looking for a serious horror movie, this isn't what you're after, but if you want something for a beer and pizza night, you won't need to order extra cheese.
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