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13 May 1977 (USA) See more »
He's out there and he's got murder on his mind! See more »
A psychotic redneck, who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas, kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Interesting and bizarre Hooper film..... See more (96 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Neville Brand ... Judd

Mel Ferrer ... Harvey Wood

Carolyn Jones ... Miss Hattie

Marilyn Burns ... Faye

William Finley ... Roy

Stuart Whitman ... Sheriff Martin

Roberta Collins ... Clara

Kyle Richards ... Angie

Robert Englund ... Buck

Crystin Sinclaire ... Libby Wood

Janus Blythe ... Lynette (as Janus Blyth)
Betty Cole ... Ruby
Sig Sakowicz ... Deputy Girth
Ronald W. Davis ... Country Boy
Christine Schneider ... Waitress

David Hayward ... The Cowboy
David Carson ... Marlo (as David 'Goat' Carson)
Lincoln Kibbee ... First Guy in Bar
James Galanis ... Second Guy in Bar
Tarja Leena Halinen ... Miss Hattie's Girl
Caren White ... Miss Hattie's Girl
Valerie Lukecart ... Miss Hattie's Girl
Jeanne Reichert ... Miss Hattie's Girl
Scuffy ... Snoopy

Directed by
Tobe Hooper 
Writing credits
Alvin L. Fast (written by) and
Mohammed Rustam (written by) (as Mardi Rustam)

Kim Henkel (screen adaptation)

Produced by
Alvin L. Fast .... co-producer
Larry Huly .... associate producer
Robert A. Kanto .... associate producer (as Robert Kantor)
Mohammed Rustam .... executive producer
Mohammed Rustam .... producer (as Mardi Rustam)
Samir Rustam .... associate producer
Original Music by
Wayne Bell 
Tobe Hooper 
Cinematography by
Robert Caramico (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Brown 
Casting by
Edward R. Morse  (as Eddie Morse)
Art Direction by
Marshall Reed 
Set Decoration by
Michael Wiegand  (as Mike Wiegand)
Makeup Department
Craig Reardon .... hair stylist
Craig Reardon .... makeup artist
Beth Rogers .... hair stylist
Beth Rogers .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sheldon Lee .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jefferson Kibbee .... second assistant director (as Jeff Kibbee)
Louie Lawless .... second assistant director
Ron Smith .... first assistant director
Art Department
Richard Gillis .... assistant property master
Marshall Reed .... set designer
Sound Department
Lowell Brown .... boom operator
Jean Clark .... boom operator
Bob Dietz .... production sound mixer
Jay M. Harding .... re-recording mixer (as Jay Harding)
William L. Manger .... sound effects (as Bill Manger)
Special Effects by
Robert A. Mattey .... special effects: crocodiles (as Rob Mattey)
Ken Speed .... special effects (uncredited)
Paula Crist .... stunt double
Von Deming .... stunt coordinator
Andy Epper .... stunt double
Gary Epper .... stunt double
Jeannie Epper .... stunt double (as Jeanie Epper)
Donna Garrett .... stunt double
Minor Mustain .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Vic Alexander .... second assistant camera (as Victor Alexander)
Jack Beckett .... camera operator: second unit
Jim Bowie .... best boy
Hedy Dietz .... still photographer (as Heddy Dietz)
Rich Foster .... gaffer
Rick Foster .... gaffer
Dennis Glas .... grip (as Dennis Glass)
Gary Graver .... grip (as Robbie McClure)
Lee Heckler .... gaffer
Ken Kerr .... grip
Ann McDonald .... assistant photographer
Michael Donovan O'Donnell .... key grip (as Michael Donavan O'Donnell)
Anthony R. Palmieri .... first assistant camera (as Tony Palmieri)
Raman Rao .... grip (as Romy Rao)
Jonathan West .... second assistant camera (as Jon West)
Bobby Westwater .... grip
Gary Zietlow .... best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
J. Mancbach-Fletcher .... wardrobe (as Jane Mancbach)
Greg Tittinger .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Andy Ruben .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Wayne Bell .... conductor
Wayne Bell .... music arranger
Tobe Hooper .... conductor
Tobe Hooper .... music arranger
Lee Osborne .... music editor
Other crew
John D'Amato .... script supervisor
Lou Schumacher .... dog owner
Lou Schumacher .... dog trainer
Gloria Gunn .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mac Adams .... special thanks
Hal Freeman .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Death Trap" - UK, USA (working title)
"Brutes and Savages" - USA (alternative title)
"Eaten Alive" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"Horror Hotel" -
"Horror Hotel Massacre" -
"Legend of the Bayou" -
"Murder on the Bayou" -
"Slaughter Hotel" - USA (reissue title)
"Starlight Slaughter" -
"Το πανδοχείο του τρόμου" - Greece
"Смъртоносен капан" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Съеденные заживо" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Akuma no nuwa" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Blutrausch" - West Germany
"Death Trap - Die Nacht der Bestie" - West Germany
"Devorado vivo" - Argentina (video title)
"El cocodrilo" - Peru (imdb display title)
"Krokodil" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Le crocodile de la mort" - France
"Mancat de viu" - Romania (imdb display title)
"Obsesión escalofriante" - Colombia (imdb display title)
"Quel motel vicino alla palude" - Italy
"Sta sagonia tou krokodeilou" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"The Devil's Swamp" - Japan (literal English title)
"To pandoxeio tou tromou" - Greece (reissue title)
"Trampa mortal" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Zjedzeni zywcem" - Poland (imdb display title)
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91 min | UK:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Mexico:B-15 | Netherlands:16 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (2012) | Norway:15 (2007) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #24685) | West Germany:18 (JK/SPIO) (cut)

Did You Know?

Loosely based on the story of Joe Ball (also known as the Bluebeard from South Texas or the Alligator Man) from Elmendorf, Texas, sometime after Prohibition ended. He owned a bar with an alligator pit serving as an entertainment attraction. Several murders of women ensued, of which Joe Ball was suspected, but it was never proven that the flesh found in the pit was human. However, Joe Ball committed suicide at his bar on September 24, 1938, when he was about to be arrested by the police in connection with the murders.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Right at the end of the film when the crocodile pulls Judd under the water head first, look to the left of the screen to see a scuba diver under the water who turns is clearly moving. He is obviously a safety stuntman of some sort. You can clearly see his hand and is dressed in black.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006) (V)See more »


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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Interesting and bizarre Hooper film....., 31 December 1998

Well, if you saw The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and were impressed with director Tobe Hooper, your next move might be to view his second film Eaten Alive. I searched all over for a print and finally was lucky enough to find one and see this somewhat forgotten picture. One reason for its seemingly firm place in the ranks of oblivion is its numerous title changes. Notwithstanding all this I found the film and watched it. The film is interesting, bizarre, unbelievable, and disturbing. The setting is just a trifle too unimaginative to be taken for real as is the central character of Judd (for the most part deftly played by Neville Brand). The plot too seems to be making its viewers accept too much for granted without really giving any knowledge of why Judd is the way he is, etc... Despite these shortcomings, the film has some of the truly most horrific scenes filmed. The scene in which Judd tries in vain to goad a young girl from under his hotel out is sheer terror. Other scenes in which he dispatches some of the hotel guests are equally effective. The film has a lot more going for it than its oblivious nature would suggest. It has fine performances, an eerier setting and score, and the taught, tuned terror Tobe Hooper realized in his first great film.

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