Killer Crocodile (1989) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Fabrizio De Angelis
Starring: Richard Anthony Crenna, Pietro Genuardi, John Harper
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films
When a humongous crocodile begins chomping on a tropical island community, a group of idealistic young environmentalists will clash with a crusty redneck hunter to destroy the monster reptile spawned by toxic waste. Richard Anthony Crenna (ROSWELL), Sherrie Rose (DEMON KNIGHT), Ennio Girolami (GREAT WHITE) and Hollywood legend Van Johnson (THE CAINE MUTINY) star in this crocsploitation classic now scanned in 2k from the original negative.
So a giant crocodile is out killing people in the jungle and swamp, but when he crosses a group of people who usually are all about saving animals and kills one of their own, the fight is one. This movie is very Italian. If you’ve seen those types of movies before, some of which are also released by Severin, then you will know what I am talking about and what you are getting yourself into here. That being said, this one packs a lot of croc moments where this alligator is just raising all sorts of hell by chewing and chomping on everyone and everything it comes across. The big croc looks mean and nasty which is a plus. It really does feel like the Jaws of crocodile movies from time to time, even if the budget wasn’t anywhere near as big. It’s a bit campy, it’s fun, and despite some slower moments here and there, it’s a solid watch.
The thing that stands out about this one the most outside of the giant crocodile is the violence and the blood. This one gets all sorts of nasty in the gore department with stuff being chewed and torn off. We also have lots of the red stuff and it just makes this thing more fun than I’m sure it would have been otherwise. I mean, we do have a very fun crocodile hunter character here that is cool to see as well, but the blood and gore effects are probably why we are even talking about this movie today. The Blu-ray we are using to review today is the basic Blu-ray version, so this one doesn’t have the slipcase or the sequel that comes with the limited one. I’m sure that is the one you want, but if you want to have a fun and gory crocodile movie as is, this isn’t a bad one to grab if you get the chance.
– Interview with Makeup FX Artist Giannetto De Rossi
– Interview with Actor Pietro Genuardi
– Interview with Cinematographer Federico Del Zoppo
Quality of Transfer: 88%