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Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Paul Westbrook on February 15, 2000, 12:40:28 PM
This movie was in fact, actually very good. It is exciting, as is Bridget Fonda to look at. I got this movie, along with a low budget film called Crocodile. Anyone heard of it?

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Goreomedy on February 15, 2000, 02:40:27 AM
David E. Kelly should be drawn and quartered for this film.  My eyes strained from rolling, about the third time Fonda was thrown out of a vehichle.  The only snicker came from the line, "You s**tf**k."  David E. Kelly is certainly that...

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Josie on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
My friends and I had a terrific amount of fun with this movie... not that the movie itself was particularly good, but thanks to Steve Irwin, the MST possibilities of anything featuring a giant crocodile are wonderful!  "Crikey!  My toe!"  "Crikey!  My head!"  "Crikey!  My bottom half!"

The fact that we'd had a lot of Mt. Dew before hand (and that we'd just seen 'Mortal Kombat') may have something to do with the fact that we found this so entertaining...

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Gareth on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
This is a great movie. Funny, well-writen and exciting, but not stupidly violent. The greatest thing is that crocodiles have been known to grow that big...

And to the review of sometime before, the difference betweeen crocs and gators are many, but basically gators have rounder, blunter jaws and crocs longer, narrower ones. Crocs grow much bigger and are more aggressive and dangerous.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Chicago Joe on February 19, 2000, 01:07:32 AM
Some people try to make a good bad movie and fail
this one didn't. If you check thier web page it was all suppose to be tongue and cheek. And I love when Bidgette Fonda keeps getting hit with heads!


Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Dave from MonsterIsland on February 13, 2000, 09:53:48 PM
I love this movie...not only is it "set" in my home state but it features one of the best lines ever in a movie....Betty Whites: "If I had a dick this is where I would tell you to suck it!"

Can't beat that!

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Paul H. on March 08, 2000, 10:36:38 AM
After barely resisting the urge to kill everyone in the room with my bare hands I settled down for the last 2/3rds of this movie.  And all I have to say is Holy Smit.  This is one of the best bad movies of resent times.  It is even better than Deep Rising.  The lines and character interactions  play a fine line with driving you insane.  But in the end this movie is near perfect.  Thanks to Betty White and Oliver Platt.  When the bear shows up I swear you can metaphysically hear someone yell "Cue the Bear", "Action".

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: JON4474 on March 10, 2000, 05:44:10 PM
Lake Placid makes for a decent video rental. However, I saw it in the theaters because I'm a sucker for giant animal/monster movies with up-to-date special effects. Written by David E. Kelley, this movie feels more like a T.V. movie than the big scale summer film it could have been. It does have the best crocodile eating bear scene ever put on film. The special effects are good but don't amount to much in the end. The finale feels very anticlimactic. You can tell the movie strives to be bigger, but doesn't deliver the goods. I enjoyed Lake Placid because I'm into these type of films, but I'm disappointed in all the lost possibilities.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Chris K. on April 18, 2000, 07:40:48 AM
Prety bad parody of the monster-on-the-loose films of the 1950's. LAKE PLACID is okay in my book, but when you watch it once you don't want to watch it again for it's uncontrolable badness and horrible dialouge.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Chris K. on May 04, 2000, 07:34:06 AM
LAKE PLACID can reach the good film standards, but it acts as if the giant alligator-on-the-loose-and-eating-people story was never used. Wrong! The giant alligator(or giant crocodile in other films) was used in THE GREAT ALLIGATOR(1979),CROCODILE(1980), ALLIGATOR(1980), ALLIGATOR 2(1983), KILLER CROCODILE(1988), and KILLER CROCODILE 2(1989). But LAKE PLACID is not that bad of a film. An example of bad flms would be the remakes of both THE HAUNTING, THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, PSYCHO, and regular films like THE MATRIX, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, and others. The special effects on LAKE PLACID range from substandard to horrible, the performances are not even close to effective, and the story is too slow. But their is a good twist ending, otherwise LAKE PLACID is a film that you definately need to pass.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Kaoslord on April 06, 2002, 10:06:11 PM
I just liked the part where they haul the crocodile away in an open truck bed.  I kept wondering what I would do if I was driving down the interstate and say a truck hauling a croc that size.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Mike on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Lake Placid was great.  I saw it in the theaters the first day it came out.  The best part was when it grabbed the bear and ripped it into the lake, aand the bear tried to fight back but it couldn't,,,AAAAAHHHHH.  I happen to be a big fan of monster movies of all types, cheesy or not, that's probably why I like it so much.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Chadzilla on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Lake Placid disappointed me, made me angry, annoyed me, and, sometimes, entertained me.  The only reason I would watch this sorry movie again would be to watch the fine animatronics created by Stan Winston, but the CGI croc is not very realistic.  The "twist" ending p**sed me off.  It was a lazy writer and film crew trying to have it boths ways, you cannot kill and save the monster at the same time.  If I see one more swearing old lady I'm gonna puke, it's neither funny nor shocking.  It's BORING.  The characters were irritating, especially Bridget Fonda as Ally McBeal.  The best acting in this movie was Brendan Gleason as the sheriff, he brought such a wounded dignity to his part, or maybe it was just his melancholy at being in such a stink bomb of a movie showing through, that I felt he was a far superior example of a human being than all the other characters.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Tequila on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Oh come on! How come Brendan Gleason didn't get a name check in the Characters section? After the General, MI2, Braveheart, Michael Collins, The Field etc, he's surely name enough. I mean, if you're gonna list Oliver Platt as a selling point. Jesus....
Anyway, this is a great movie in the same vein as Tremors (why is that film not reviewed on this site???) in that it's a movie thats about people bickering that just happens to have a giant animal and the odd bodypart floating around in it. Some great lines too. "I just have this feeling that everything is totally safe..." (Cue the croc)

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: MATT on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This movie was good and bad,
The theme was all there,but where was the action,I remeber my alltime favorite croc film called"crocodile" I think<it was an old film>and  the film would let you see the people getting swallowed and that would scare the heebies outta me,but thats what I think people like,there was a good sexy theme aswell.
I,d give it 6/10


Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Macabre Matt on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Loved the film, saw it when it first came out in the cinema's.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Me on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
After carefully reading the whole list of B-movies, I've reached the conclusion that this is the only one I've seen. But when I saw it, I pretty much accepted every single movie I saw AND I loved monster movies, so I sort of like it. I don't remember it well, it was a pretty forgettable movie. What I do remember is that there wasn't much action, so it was a little bit boring. Does someone know if there's a way to recommend titles for the site?

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: The_Cynical_Critic on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I saw this movie less than a year ago and I had the time of my life. I thought it was downright hilarious. Oliver Platt wasn't up to his traditional performance (which was a good thing), Betty White's lines were irresistably funny (I broke set decibels laughing), and Fonda is semi-sweet as a nature-hater who sees the error of her ways.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: MrGB on February 23, 2005, 12:52:14 PM
One of the very few movies I regretted renting. There is not a single redeeming quality to this crapfest: bad actors, an even worse plot and about a total of 50 seconds where something actually happens that has to do with a crocodile.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: cheesehole on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Excellent job.  They hit it just right with this movie.  This is the best 'bad' movie I've seen since Evil Dead.  I laughed all the way from 'Gee' to 'I miss the crocodile already'.  Some people won't get it, and I think that's just great.

Beware of anyone who self proclaims their 'good taste' in movies. ;)

- cyber ben

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Kat on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This was a great movie

It combined humour ( the dry, rude, sarcastic kind) with thirlls, and wasn't that gross because if it was, i wouldn't have watched it

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Daniel on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This movie was great! That crocodile was HUGE!!! Anything that can take a big bite out of a grizzly bear = is HUGE!!! I didn't find this very funny but it's entertaining. It deserves 5 drops. How could you give only give 4 drops to this film?! I don't have much more to say about this film but I'll leave this with one question: How come crocodiles and alligators look the same but they're totally different?

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Marcus on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This movie wasnt the worst Ive ever seen but its certainly doesnt deserve over 2 Slimes.  I wanted that big ass Croc to kill off more people!  I mean really, one decapitation and one guy cut in half is nothing if you watch something like say...JAWS.  However, Ill admit the movie does have some fun moments.  The bear getting dragged in the water was a classic.  Also, Betty White saying "cocksucker" to me was worth the 3 bucks at Blockbuster!

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: mixer on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Lake Placid could have been a great movie if it included a lesbian shower scene with Bridge Fonda and Meredith Salanger.  Since it didn't, it's just ok.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Ray Beliveau on March 31, 2004, 12:43:27 PM
I thought it was a great movie. I mean, sure parts of the plot are cheesy, but it has a lot of amusing parts. Betty White has all of the best lines. :)

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Liv on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
   I *loved* this movie. At first I was annoyed with all the many inconsistencies, but then I settled in to watch it, and figured out that this is most definitely *not* a movie to take seriously. As long as you don't try to take it too seriously, it really is entertaining. I believe that all the things that were wrong were there and so blaringly obvious because that was part of the joke.
   Betty White is great in this, she delivers those lines with so much ease and so naturally that you can't believe she is the same lady who played Rose on Golden Girls.
   You are right though about the grizzly in Maine being unlikely,and it is more than a bit ridiculous for a croc to swim across an ocean and to survive in cold Maine, and that it's metabolism seems exraordinarily high in this movie. Crocs have a much slower metabolism, and they will die if it's cold enough, and cold enough to kill a croc is in the forties (F) if I am not mistaken. *Some* crocs can swim in salt water, they are even called salt water crocodiles(duh). *But*, when he killed the moose, he would have eaten the softer insides first and not eaten the head because of the antlers. That gun, I don't know what that was, but yes, it would have to be something much stronger than a 30-06 or your standard hunting rifle. Have you ever touched a crocodile or alligator's hide? Even on the babies, it's tough and difficult to penetrate, at least on the back and head, and the larger the croc, the tougher the hide is. For that matter, alligators raised on farms for their hides to be used to make belts, boots and bags are not allowed to grow larger than four feet before they are killed and skinned because their skin would be too tough to use after that.
   A couple of things that were wrong in the movie but you didn't mention were; Hector said that they can't see well under water because it's too dark. Most crocs are nocturnal and see better under water or in the dark than in the light, which leads into the other thing wrong since the crocodile fed in the daytime in the movie.
   Something that I thought seemed strange was that in the scene after the crocodile got the bear, Brigit Fonda said that it was an Asian crocodile because it had oval scales. When did she get the chance to see the scales and where did she get the cool headedness to notice the shape of the scales, even if the crocodile had sat still or moved slow enough that she could see them?

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Dano on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This movie does not belong on this web site.  A good bad movie is hilarious for a variety of reasons, and almost all the movies here are good bad movies.  Lake Placid was a bad bad movie.  The only hilarious thing about it was watching Bridget Fonda's career spiral slowly downward, downward, downward...

The guy who played Hector is a jerk.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Joey on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I always wondered how you kill a crocidile using a helicopter. At least Oliver Platt wasn't as bad as he was in "Ready to Rumble".
  The best is to slow-mo the Croc eats Bear scene to see the bear actually writhe in pain. Ever for CGI thats pretty harsh.
  Don't forget the promo shot of the croc in the back of the truch being taken to the set used as a actual part of the film, classic.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: AlphaWoolf on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I hated this movie.  The opening sequence was good, but it falls apart very quickly.  Why?  Because the cast and crew were obviously playing this for camp value.  This becomes abundantly clear with the sledge-hammer presentation of Betty White swearing like a sailor.  That's the whole point of this movie - to hear sweet golden girl Betty White say the "F" word over and over again.  Once was shocking indeed, but the movie just keeps her going far too long.  The episode of the X-Files with that aligator eating people in a lake was far scarier than this waste of film.  Not "good bad", not "funny bad", just "stupid bad".  If you want a laugh, check out Tobe Hooper's CGI-infested "Crocodile".

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: John on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This flick blew. I can't believe I paid to see it in the movies what, three years ago? The bear scene was cool, though. Check out 'Deep Rising' for a good film in this genre. I liked it when the woman got hold of by the ass when sitting on the bowl and got sucked down by the monster!

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Jim on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Lake Placid seems to be an appropriate title, as this movie is boring as hell. Giant killer crocodile screams excitement, so why the boring flick? There's a reason why Bill Pullman and Bridget Fonda haven't been seen in any decent movies and you're looking at that same reason right now. Lake Placid is a yawn-fest that should be skipped.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Dan Lyon on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The Richard Dreyfuss Jaws type guy was a bit much to accept graciously at times, but Betty White made up for it. A keeper for the collection; actually paid for a brandy-new copy (on sale...on Wol-Mert, 'cause they have those lo lo prices).

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Apollyon on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Anyone who doesn't like this movie does not appreciate just listening to a film's dialogue. The dialogue and character interaction MADE this movie...otherwise, it's just like something you'd see on Sci-Fi on a Saturday night "starring" some TV actor you haven't seen in 10 years. Also I was relieved to find that it wasn't another example of the typical brainless "I want lots of fake blood and dead people" crap that one all too often finds in movies of this caliber. 8/10, I say, for solid entertainment.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: JT on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
4 stars! There is no way that you can call "Lake Placid"
a B-Movie. The Category just doesn't fit. I mean, sure, what are the chances of a 30 ft. Asian croc living in a lake in Maine, but you gotta give some credit to Betty White's acting & the sarcastic dialogue. I also admit there aren't any chances of Mrs. Bickerman being so psycho she'd keep the croc as a pet. How can you love something that killed your husband? Then again, I wonder if Mrs. B. ever liked her husband. Hmmmmm....

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Austin on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This movie wasn't all that bad, and I think that was its downfall, IMO.  Sure, it has a giant alligator and Bridget Fonda, and the acting wasn't horrible, like you'd expect from a movie of this type (they sprung for higher-budget actors than they probably should have), and some of the death scenes were approaching the over-the-top gore that I've come to cherish.  It just didn't quite go there, and therefore it lacks any special redeeming quality.  What it really needs is a robot.  Like a giant alligator fighting robot (A giant mechanical Steve Irwin, maybe? haha).  And more blood.  The alligator needs to go raid the nearest town for no apparent reason other than to add more bloody death to the movie.  It's just too serious of a movie.  The dialogue WAS good, though.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Lois on June 02, 2004, 06:03:34 PM
I thought this was a somewhat enjoyable movie, considering its simple (and overused) plot. I loved Betty White as the feisty old woman feeding her pet crocodile the way normal people dote on a dog or cat.  Everything else in the movie was predictable, though. We have the sheriff who wants to kill the creature, the scientist who wants to capture it for research, the usual crocodile-eating-people scenes, etc. I found myself rooting for the creature--as I often do in monster movies--because frankly, some of those people were too stupid NOT to die!

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
A predictable "Jaws" stlye film but enjoyable none the less.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: giant claw on November 07, 2004, 07:13:46 PM
Cant you remember another simular film THE GREAT ALLIGATOR? and all those romers about alligators in the New York City sewers? the old story of how people would visit florada and bring baby alligators back with them then they would grow tired of them and flush them down the toilet and so began one of the most weidest urban legends around and any way getting down to the point the director and producer of this wretched movie should be thrown to the crocidiles

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Sora the B-Movie Alchemist on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I saw this movie on AMC, and I wasn't disappointed. Old people eaten, big ass gators, it had it all.

Violence: ***
Goofiness: ***
Monster: *
Actors: *
Overall: **

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: bettercheddar on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Lake Placid is hilarious! I really like this film - the fun factor is off the charts. It was not made to be taken seriously. C'mon - listen to the dialogue. My favorite character is the Sheriff "That's sarcastic, right?" - And Fonda with the heads!!! Too funny.
The whole premise of the film is soooo totally silly - that's what makes it so much fun to watch. I felt sorry for the bear(Just really bothered me - the bear's death moan just sends shivers down my spine. Finally, Betty White was a hoot - f**kMEAT OMG! I never would have believed it had I not seen it or heard it! Just totally unexpected!
If you understand that from the get-go this film is lampooning monster movies from beginning to end, there is no way you cannot enjoy it. I give it two thumbs up!  

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: mark707 on October 25, 2005, 03:48:08 PM
TWO words this movie is watchable  BETTY WHITE and iam also a fan of bill pullman ...

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: jmsynth on January 11, 2006, 05:19:44 AM
This movie would have been better if they had made it as a full on B-Movie rather than a mainstream film with fairly lavish production values

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: IT on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Good special effects don't make a great movie and unfortunatly this was not a great movie.After I left the theater I saw another movie playing next door to it called DEEP BLUE now that was a great movie review that one please.

Title: Lake Placid
Post by: Bob the mutant chicken on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This was one of the best horror comedies I've ever seen.BETTY WHITE was my favorite character she stole the show.OH THIS WAS'NT A COMEDY.Still a very enjoyable movie worth buying.The look on the doomed bears face was hilarious.

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: Nasty J on March 19, 2007, 12:18:45 PM
This movie is questionably a "B" movie. I thought it was decent enough to be in the bottom of the "A" list.

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: robinloaf on December 01, 2007, 10:49:18 AM
 Can you believe that there is a sequel to this piece of crap coming out on DVD in January 2008? What the hell? Did anybody actually like this movie? I thought it was a comedy when I saw it at a marketing screening. Imagine my surprise when I found out the filmmakers were serious. Killer crocs may be cool but you wouldn't know it based on this stupid flick!

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: indianasmith on December 01, 2007, 04:28:58 PM
I rather liked LAKE PLACID.  The croc was fairly well done, and there were some nice comic touches in the movie as well . . . like  Betty White blindfolding the cow as she led it down to the water's edge!!! LOL!

On the other hand, it was totally unrealistic . . . but hey, it's a B-movie!!!

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: movieguy247 on February 23, 2008, 09:42:13 AM
"Lake Putrid" is more accurate. I can"t believe they made a sequel.

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: HarlotBug3 on May 07, 2008, 04:43:58 PM
I have fond memories of this one as it was one of the first times that I recognized the fine quality of a movie being good by virtue of not pretending to be good.

Yes, Betty White's role accomplishes this almost single handedly. If you're on this forum, you should have seen this one by now.

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: J.D. on May 10, 2008, 04:55:05 AM
Andrew, are you sure the croc is only thirty feet?  Salt water crocs can get up to 40 feet but thats the rare exception these days. We have them in the very southern part of the everglades, Floridia and even on occassion, Key West.

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: Andrew on May 10, 2008, 06:45:46 AM
Andrew, are you sure the croc is only thirty feet?  Salt water crocs can get up to 40 feet but thats the rare exception these days. We have them in the very southern part of the everglades, Floridia and even on occassion, Key West.

Per Wikipedia, the largest Australian saltwater crocodile on record is 20.6 feet, though a number of other sites (include National Geographic) report specimens up to 7 meters, which would be 23 feet.  From what I know, the American saltwater crocodile is a different, and smaller, species.

It has been years since I reviewed the film, so I am not certain where my stated length came from.  It could have been stated by one of the characters.  I will say that the picture of the crocodile on the flatbed trailer at the end makes like look larger than thirty feet, as I think trailers are around 50 feet in length or so.

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: luke-jones on September 12, 2010, 10:12:05 AM

The old bag wasn't arrested for child endangerment, aiding and abeting a known treat, being an accomplice to murder, public endagerment, reckless endangerment, and insulting the Sheriff.

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: ChunkeeOne on December 23, 2011, 03:28:47 AM
All's I know is Betty White's attitude in this movie, made me find her really attractive for an older gal. 

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: monster93 on July 21, 2012, 06:00:56 PM
Oh! come on this one was ok, the one that really sucked was the second and actually it isn't on this website

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: Flangepart on August 08, 2012, 08:18:04 AM
Betty White: Foul tempered hater of humans. The croc is her WMD.

Title: Re: Lake Placid
Post by: CalrissianFoxxSteele on October 03, 2012, 11:58:02 PM
Kind of an interesting idea. "Spoofing" (put that lightly) the old giant, hostile animal horror routine.

Bridget Fonda...that's about the only appeal for a movie I need.