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A film by Tobe Hooper

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"Welcome to the Starlight Hotel!"

  • May 8, 2009
Eaten Alive (1977) is one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated films. Maybe the critics and fans were disenchanted with it because they were probably expecting a film in the vein of Tobe Hooper's first film Texas CHAINSAW MASSACRE. In many retrospects the films are similar. They both feature dying, old ways of life (privately owned slaughter houses, roadside motels with sideshow exhibits).

The film's main character is Judd, the proprietor of the Starlight Hotel and Zoo. Judd is a crazed war vet with broken dreams who's haunted by ghosts from the past. Neville Brand portrays Judd with such an eerie, uncanny flair (his experiences as a decorated WWII vet gives his role an aura of authenticity) making him seem like a real breathing person instead of some by-the-numbers villain.  The movie portrays the dying part of middle America as only Tobe Hooper can tell so well.

The support players are William Finley, Marylin Burns, Stuart Whitman, Mel Ferrer, Robert Englund and an unrecognizable Carolyn Jones (TV's Morticia).

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review by . July 26, 2012
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*** out of ****    Tobe Hooper's "Eaten Alive" is a film so tasteless and sleazy that literally the first few words of dialogue spoken are by Robert Englund as Buck, who is as he says, "fixin' to fuck". You might recognize this line of dialogue because it was slightly altered by Quentin Tarantino for his film "Kill Bill: Volume 1". So you see, in spite of the obvious shit - yes, the film is bad, bad, bad all around and there's literally nothing morally redeemable about it -, …
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Tobe Hooper's second film.

The film's plot was inspired by serial killer Joe Ball who feed his victims' remains to an alligator.

AKA  Horror Hotel, Death Trap and Starlight Slaughter.
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Director: Tobe Hooper
Genre: Horror
Release Date: May, 1977
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel
Runtime: 91 minutes
Studio: Mars Productions
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