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236 Ratings

Eaten Alive

Directed by Tobe Hooper
United States, 1977


A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in the backwater swamps of Louisiana kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

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Eaten Alive Directed by Tobe Hooper

Critics reviews

Brand ably carries the show as one of Hooper’s quintessential psychopaths… Within Hooper’s filmography, Judd’s darkly comic portrayal acts as sort of a bridge between the menacing patriarch of the original Chainsaw and its sequel’s cartoonishly grotesque Vietnam vet Chop Top. If the comedy of Chainsaw isn’t immediately apparent, Eaten Alive is more eager to tip its hand as a truly twisted satire whose takeaway might be phrased as homo homini gatorus: man is bloodthirsty killer gator to man.
October 19, 2017
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It is one of the most grating, oppressive films ever made, a cinematic Metal Machine Music that sets your teeth on edge, and the fullest expression of the assaultive tendency in Hooper’s work.
September 01, 2017
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The film Hooper made after Massacre, Eaten Alive, was a nasty funny grisly guignol which made the best use of Neville Brand since 1965’s That Darn Cat. Nevertheless, it did not deliver quite the frisson that Massacre did. That’s another thing Hooper’s movie had in common with the Ramones; you come out with something that startling right off the bat (in the case of the Ramones I would say it was the first two albums that count here), it’s hard to top.
August 27, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Eaten Alive

    It's as though Hooper so enjoyed constructing the dinner table scene from "TCM" that he wanted to sustain that borderline nauseating sensation for the duration of an entire film. This has the expressionistic lighting and synth soundtrack of "Suspiria," and the surreal performances of a David Lynch movie. It almost certainly deserves another star to my rating, but can you reward something that makes you feel sick?

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Eaten Alive

    Un soupçon d'érotisme et quelques participations de personnalités (Mel FERRER) sauvent du zéro total ce film fauché et bâclé. C'est d'ci que TARANTINO a puisé sa très élégante réplique de KILL BILL 1 : "My name's Buck and I'm here to f*ck" !

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Eaten Alive

    A very cheap movie - but the handling of sound and music is amazing: Hooper employs the same home-made instruments he used in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and blends their sounds with body sounds (screams and laughter). But he also uses an electronic supplement and a permanent diegetic radio layer with country music (with texts about the idyllic world of the American dream as background for the filmic nightmare) ...

  • Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film Eaten Alive

    I went in expecting something completely nuts, but this is an oddly sedate film. It's absolutely over long (cut the bar scene, for God's sake!), but there are some fine moments, namely a weirdly tense sex scene and a delightfully overwrought climax. Also, strangely seems to have inspired both Texas 2 (the colourful lighting, general atmosphere) and 3 (the misty backwoods). Great layered soundtrack too!

  • Rocco's rating of the film Eaten Alive

    I honestly loved the style of this film. The studio set, lurid lights, wonky alligator, and plentiful fog made for a unique, stifling, almost avant garde experience. Unfortunately, the film goes absolutely nowhere and has no thematic meat to bite into.

  • flalieux's rating of the film Eaten Alive

    Il y a, au début, l'influence du Psychose d'Hitchcock. Le style du giallo, avec ses filtres colorés. La brume et le bayou, pour rendre le tout plus étouffant. Ici, la cruauté de la nature, très instinctive, le dispute à la folie meurtrière d'un homme, que l'on devine vétéran de la guerre du Vietnam. Au final c'est un film inégal, mais qui n'en demeure pas moins intéressant.

  • William's rating of the film Eaten Alive

    2.5 The new 2k restoration was a revelation to me, as I hadn’t seen this since the bygone VHS days. Yes, even in pristine condition, it’s still bad, but the nightmarish Southern atmosphere, the cheap and claustrophobic sets, are effectively unnerving and really work on you. The violence too, captures some of the irrational madness of TCM, but tying Marilyn Burns to a bed for 1/3 of the running time is inexcusable!

  • ADZERTY's rating of the film Eaten Alive

    Tarantino n'est sans doute pas le seul à avoir apprécié ce film : certaines séquences dominées par le contraste du rouge et du bleu glacé de la nuit, les cris des femmes apeurées poursuivies par la folie destructrice peuvent aussi faire songer au Fire Walks With Me de Lynch !

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