He's out there and he's got murder on his mind!
|Directed by||Tobe Hooper|
|Written by|| Alvin L. Fast|
|Produced by||Mohammed Rustam; Mardi Rustam; Alvin L. Fast; Robert Kantor; Larry Huly; Samir Rustam|
|Music by||Wayne Bell; Tobe Hooper|
|Edited by||Michael Brown|
|Distributed by||Mars Productions Corporation; Dark Sky Films; Elite Entertainment; MPI Media Group|
|Release date(s)||May, 1977|
|Running time||91 min.|
Eaten Alive is an American independent horror film directed by Tobe Hooper. Produced by Mohammed, Mardi and Samir Rustam of the Mars Productions Corporation, it was released theatrically in the United States in May of 1977. The film stars Neville Brand as Judd, the proprietor of a sleazy motel in the swamps of Elmendorf, Louisiana. When a distraught prostitute comes to his establishment, Judd decides that she is of questionable virtue and murders her with a scythe, before feeding her to his pet crocodile. This begets a chain of events as Judd's psychosis grows to a fever pitch and the bodies begin to pile up.
|Mel Ferrer||Harvey Wood|
|Carolyn Jones||Miss Hattie|
|Stuart Whitman||Sheriff Martin|
|Crystin Sinclaire||Libby Wood|
|Sig Sakowicz||Deputy Girth|
|Ronald W. Davis||Country boy|
|David Hayward||The Cowboy|
|David "Goat" Carson||Marlo|
|Lincoln Kibbee||First guy in bar|
|James Galanis||Second guy in bar|
|Tarja Leena Halinen||Miss Hattie's girl|
|Caren White||Miss Hattie's girl|
|Valerie Lukeart||Miss Hattie's girl|
Home Video Edit
Eaten Alive was released to Region 1 DVD, widescreen format by Elite Entertainment and Dark Sky Films on February 1st, 2001. The Special Edition DVD, which contains an extra three minutes of footage was released by Dark Sky and MPI Home Video on September 26th, 2006. Bonus features include special audio commentary by producer/co-writer Mardi Rustam, actors Robert Collins, Kyle Richards, William Finley and makeup artist Craig Reardon. The disc also included a "My Name is Buck" featurette starring actor Robert Englund. Other features include "The Butcher of Elmendorf" feature, still galleries and trailers. A two-disc special edition of the film was released by Dark Sky Films on September 25th, 2007. This version includes the same featurettes as the single-disc Special Edition, but also includes a feature called "5ive Minutes with Marilyn Burns", alternate credit and title sequences, a behind-the-scenes slideshow and comment cards.
Notes & Trivia Edit
- Also known as Brutes and Savages and Slaughter Hotel.
- First horror film role for actor Robert Englund. Englund will go on to become an icon of the genre for his portrayal of dream demon/serial killer Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
- Actress Kyle Richards is also known for playing the role of Lindsey Wallace in John Carpenter's 1978 slasher classic, Halloween. This is her second film. She also played a character named Debbie in the 1977 movie, The Car.
- This is the third film role for actress Marilyn Burns. Burns starred in Tobe Hooper's first film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as Sally Hardesty. She also played the role of Charles Manson follower-turned-state witnees in the true-crime film Helter Skelter.
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