Release year: 1999
Director: Steve Miner
Screenwriter: David E. Kelly
Starring: Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Platt, Betty White, David Lewis, Tim Dixon, Natassia Malthe, Jed Rees
When a deputy in small town Black Lake, Maine is attacked and killed by something in the lake paleontologist Kelly Scott (Fonda) is sent to examine a tooth found in the body. Determining it as a crocodile tooth from a very large species, she decides to stay and search for it together with the town sheriff (Gleeson), Fish and Game officer Jack Wells (Pullman) and the uninvited but eager to participate mythology professor Hector Cyr (Platt).
Once in a while a movie like Lake Placid comes around; an horror comedy with a decent monster and excellent one-liners, leaving you unsure whether it is a horror comedy taking itself serious or a comedic ironic take on the same and not really caring as it works both ways. The monstrous crocodile is convincingly made by the Stan Winston Studios and brings genuine shocks and tense situation but what keeps you coming back to this already classic is the likable characters and the excellent dialogue. Fonda (Single White Female, 1992) manage to play the’ big city girl in the big bad forest’ without loosing your sympathy for her and Pullman (While You Were Sleeping, 1995) is great as the stoic officer. But it is the delightful banter between the always great Gleeson (The Guard, 2011) as the grumpy sheriff and Platt (The Three Musketeers, 1993) as the eccentric crocodile enthusiast that really steals the show. Throw in the great White (The Proposal, 2009) and you got yourselves a hit of the sorts that critics may hate but fans will love and continue to return to again and again.
Stan Winston, who created the crocodile for the movie, also created the monsters for Aliens (1986) and the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park (1993).
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