Starring:Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White . USA. 1h 22m.
Sometimes you just need to abandon all hope and sense and let your hair down for a film to entertain you, and Lake Placid is one of those movies. It’s a thriller, a bit of a horror but it’s so cheesy it’s funny but it’s playful adventurous side is kept in balance. Directed by Steve Miner and scripted by the asshole who brought us Ally McBeal!?(like seriously). A group of ace scientists and police are on the hunt for a massive crocodile lurking in a picturesque Maine lake, but as it’s chewing up innocent folk it needs to be captured and possibly studied or made an attraction of.
Attempts are made to make this action/horror into a bit of a light hearted comedy but the only person to pull this off is Betty White who has befriended this giant beast and is trying to protect it, and she’s absolutely brilliant in her small part. Bridget Fonda plays the city girl who’s out roughing it and not too happy with the camping situation but as a love thing develops between her and Bill Pullman things settle down and we can carry on with the movie please. Great support acting from Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Platt, as this team of hopefuls battle one of the last few giant crocs before everything got all silly. Some genuine good filmage here, but nothing over frightening, some jump scares and realistic but minimal gore, but it passes the time and not a Sharktopus in sight. There is a great scene when a cow is being lowered into a lake as bait, and Bridget says “That is not a happy cow, it’s just hanging there like a tea-bag.” I can see why this took for a while, but not really my cup of tea.
R – Deep Blue Sea (1999), Rogue (2007)
L – Creature Features, Crock Flicks,
A – Making Wildlife Wild again a list of films that make you stay at home
5S – Bill Pullman, Brendan Gleeson