“” width=”295″ height=”400″ />Over the years I have come to discover that movies based in or around a creepy Motel that is out in the middle of no where are freakin awesome! Of course a few great examples of this are, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) with Anthony Perkins (Edge Of Sanity), another classic is Motel Hell (1980) with Rory Calhoun (Texan), and yet another one is also Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986) with Anna Chappell (The Man On The Moon).
What makes these movies so good? Well for me I think that it is the, ‘what if’ and ‘what got this person (or these people) to this point’ factor… What I mean by this is when I first started watching these movies I asked myself, ‘what if some where this is true?’ well afterward I kinda spooked myself a bit and have since never really asked that question to myself. The question though that I have always been fascinated by is, ‘what got this person (or people) to this point?” (Honestly I think it maybe one of the reasons that I loved, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Prequel.)
With all of this in mind, that is why I really enjoyed the movie, Eaten Alive (1977)!
Written by: Alvin L. Fast (Satan’s Cheerleaders), Mardi Rustam (Evil’s Of The Night) and Directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre). Starring: Neville Brand (Stalag 17), Mel Ferrer (The Longest Day), Marilyn Burns (Helter Skelter), Stuart Whitman (Murder Inc.), Robert Englund (The Adventures Of Ford Fairelane ), Crystin Sinclaire (Ruby) and Kyle Richards (Halloween).
In the back woods of Texas there is a Hotel called, ‘Starlight Hotel’. It is an interesting place, despite it’s ominous outer appearance, it does appear to be a relatively safe place…
By relatively, I mean really relatively… You see the Hotel is run by a Psychopath by the name of Judd (Brand). Now Judd is a slightly older man that gives off the appearance of being a kindly mild mannered Innskeeper running his Hotel out in the middle of nowhere. The thing is though is that not only is Judd crazy, but it seems like one of the things that he likes to do is to feed his victims to his man-eating croc!
Now what sets him off you see is that a prostitute who had been kicked out of the brothel that she had been working in, ends up being given some money by a kindly old maid and sent over to the Starlight… Well in the great fashion of the Motel owners of yore, ole Judd didn’t take to that to kindly, no sir, he didn’t…
You see when Judd finds out where she came from, he ends up stabbing her to death with a gardening tool and then throwing her in to the lake where the killer crocodile lives!
As Judd’s quiet little Hotel ends up becoming more and more busy, Judd and his killer croc are gonna have there work cut out for them trying to get rid of all the undesirables!
Now what I like about this movie and what I do truly think makes this an Awesome B Movie is a couple of things:
1. The casting for this movie is superb! What with Stuart Whitman, Kyle Richards, Mel Ferrer, Robert Englund, and Marilyn Burns!
2. I also thought that the story for this movie was an awful lot of fun! I mean you can’t get much better then a horror movie set in a Hotel out in the middle of no where!
3. Supposedly this movie is loosely based on the true story of a man who just after Prohibition ended, had began murdering women and then throwing their flesh in to his alligator pit.
4. Also supposedly the cinematographer, Robert Caramico (Sex Ritual Of The Occult) had directed several scenes in the movie, due to a difference of opinion between Tobe Hooper and the producers of the movie.
With that said folks, this movie is definitely a fun one, and if you get a chance, I would recommend checking it out, it could be a good one for Halloween!