Killer Crocodile 2 (1990)
By: Devon B. on August 12, 2008  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD
X-Rated Kult (German). Region 2, PAL. 1.66:1 (Non-anamorphic). English DD 2.0, German DD 2.0. 83 minutes
The Movie
Credits
Director: Giannetto De Rossi
Starring: Anthony Crenna, Debra Karr, Thomas Moore
Screenplay: Fabrizio De Angelis, Giannetto De Rossi, Dardano Sacchetti
Country: Italy
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There's something wrong with a lot of Italian horror sequels. Anthropophagus AKA Grim Reaper AKA That Totally Awesome Movie is my ultimate guilty pleasure; I love it. Absurd AKA Monster Hunter AKA Total Piece of Shit is one of the most boring things I've ever watched. Demons, for all its flaws, is a bit of gooey fun with a hypocritical message. Demons 2 is all flaws, and is gooey boredom with a hypocritical message. Zombi 2 has some of the greatest zombie makeup ever, and has a zombie fight a shark! Zombi 3 has some of the worst zombie makeup ever, and there's nary a shark to be seen. Does the sequel to Killer Crocodile, aptly titled Killer Crocodile 2, break this mould, or does it succumb to Spaghetti Sequelitis? Sadly, it's the latter.

Killer Crocodile 2 starts where the first left off, and that's as good as it gets. A reporter is sent after a story about the toxic waste from the first movie because a tourist resort is being built in the area (echoes of another title in the X Rated Kult DVD Animal Horror line: The Great Alligator). The reporter wanders around, and finds out the hard way there's another crocodile in the area. She's stuck in the marshes with a giant croc lurking, but luckily for her help is on the way. She also has a surprise connection to the first film, but I won't spoil it for you; let's just say it's stupid.

Killer Crocodile 2's plot moves slower than the croc when it's on land. While I've long enjoyed the first film, I never got around to getting this one. Perhaps part of the problem is that I've had too long anticipating it, but it just seems lame. It's essentially the same type of movie as the first, but this time around, nothing clicks when the croc's not around, with the rest of the film not even working on a so bad it's good level. While there are some fun moments, like an attack on some boats full of nuns and children, most of the movie's a drag. I found myself thinking the first 50 minutes should've only taken about 15. Even the extra "jokes" the English dubbers added do nothing. If you do stick it out, you will get to see the most ridiculous underwear ever and there is some awesome, laughable (literally) model work in the climax, but these moments don't make the movie worth seeking out.
Video
Killer Crocodile 2 is presented letterboxed, but it is not 16x9 enhanced. There're specks, dirt grain, ghosting, and the image is a bit soft at times. I'm sure the source material wasn't great, but this presentation lacks effort.
Audio
Pretty much the same as with the DVD for the first film. The German track is superior. While the English track didn't seem as quiet as on the first film, I still wound up watching the film in German. Either way, it's about VHS level sound.
Extra Features
There're two still galleries, one for each Killer Crocodile movie, making you wonder why the gallery for the first film wasn't on the first DVD. There's also the trailer as well as the trailers for the two other movies in the Animal Horror line (Killer Crocodile and Great Alligator). There're also trailers for other X-Rated Kult releases.
The Verdict
The tagline for this series from X Rated Kult is "Say yes to Animal Horror." I think this time it's safe to say, "Nein!"
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