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Lake Placid (1999)

A movie directed by Steve Miner

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An Off The Wall Horror Story

  • Sep 14, 2003
A Classic Lake Placid is not. However entertaining it certainly is. The crocodile attacks are so sudden that anyone will certainly be taken by surprise. Somehow the motion of the crocodile does not seem to relistic. But then agan I an expert on crocodiles. I'll defer to the guru in the move.

In spite of constant bickering between the cast members, someone this movie has an intriguing hold on me. Bridget Fonda's tempermental character is oh so annoying. Her reason for venturing to Maine is quite ridiculous. The story does unfold with a few unpredictable seasons. I sure did not expect the crocodile to attack the bear so visciously. The use of the cow as bait is quite hillarious. Gosh that Betty White plays such a goofball.

Again, Lake Placid is not the stuff that legends are made of. Its just too far fetched in many spots. However as a light campy comedic horror adventure, Lake Placid will give you a few chuckles as well as some gasps as the crocodile attacks its victims.

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review by . June 13, 2005
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I hated this movie when I first saw it. I always felt that it tried too hard to be funny. However, it's been a few years since I've seen it, and I was bored one night so I gave it another chance. I'm glad I did. While it isn't as good as "Anaconda," it does have some good qualities about it. The cast does very well with the campy dialogue they are given. The interactions between Oliver Platt and Brendan Gleeson are downright funny, and their relationship really steals the show. Everyone talks about …
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Lake Placidis total trash--and, as a result, fairly entertaining. Yet another entry in the horror subgenre of giant animals running amok,Lake Placidfeatures a giant crocodile that has somehow found its way to an isolated lake in Maine. The absurdity of crocodiles in Maine sets the tone for the entire movie, which has no ambitions beyond mixing a little fright with a little humor. Bridget Fonda (Point of No Return,Jackie Brown) plays a paleontologist sent to investigate a large tooth; Bill Pullman (Independence Day,Lost Highway) is a fish and game warden just trying to keep the peace; Oliver Platt (Funny Bones,Flatliners) plays a loose-cannon mythology professor who swims with crocodiles for sport; and Brendan Gleeson (an excellent but little-known actor, most noted forThe General) is a local sheriff with a short temper and a big gun. Add a few gruesome dismemberments, Betty White as a cantankerous old broad who may have murdered her husband, and a cow hanging from a helicopter, and there you have it:Lake Placid. (Curiously, this concoction was put together by David E. Kelley, better known as the creator of TV'sAlly McBealandThe Practice.)--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Steve Miner
Screen Writer: David E. Kelley
Runtime: 82 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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