Eaten Alive (1977) | Tobe Hooper’s horror hotel reopens on Blu-ray

Eaten Alive (1977)

Having hit pay dirt with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974, director Tobe Hooper followed it with another taut Southern terror in 1977’s sleazy and psychotic exploitationer Eaten Alive.

Meet the maniac & his friend!
Deep in the Louisiana bayou, the decrepit Starlight Hotel is presided over by the mad, mumbling Judd (Neville Brand) – who keeps a pet croc in a large pond out front. The patron of this peculiar establishment may seem like a good-natured ol’ Southern gent – but he has a mean temper on him, and a mighty large scythe to boot…

Eaten Alive (1977)

Originally released in British cinemas under the title Death Trap and subsequently seized as one of the so-called ‘video nasties’ in the 1980s, this offbeat horror thriller was Hooper’s ‘not-so’ successful attempt to recapture the relentless energy and perverse aura of Texas Chain Saw.

It’s certainly dripping in atmosphere, and has a claustrophic, nightmarish feel, mainly due to fact the film was shot entirely on a sound stage (at the famed Raleigh Studios). Brand also gives an over-the-top-and-then-some performance as the psychotic hotelier.

Eaten Alive (1977)

Checking into Hooper’s gorefest are Chain Saw star Marilyn Burns and William Finley (Phantom of the Paradise), while The Car‘s Kyle Richards plays their young daughter. Also along for the ride are Hollywood veterans Mel Ferrer and Stuart Whitman, and Carolyn Jones (aka Morticia from The Addams Family).

The film was also released under a number of exploitation titles: Starlight Slaughter, Brutes and Savages, Murder on the Bayou, Legend of the Bayou, Horror Hotel, Horror House Hotel and Horror Hotel Massacre.

Following a new 2k transfer, Hooper’s stage-bound nightmare is being released in HD Blu-ray and standard DVD from Arrow Video, with a host of bonus features, from 21 September. Time again to check in – don’t you think?

• Brand new 2K transfer from the original camera negative
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Optional English SDH subtitles
• Audio commentary with co-writer and producer Mardi Rustam, make-up artist Craig Reardon and stars Roberta Collins, William Finley and Kyle Richards
• New introduction to the film by director Tobe Hooper
• New interview with Hooper
My Name is Buck: Robert Englund discusses his acting career
The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball – The story of the South Texas bar owner on whom Eaten Alive is loosely based
5ive Minutes with Marilyn Burns: The star of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre talks about working on Eaten Alive
The Gator Creator: archival interview with Hooper
• Original theatrical trailers for the film under its various titles Eaten Alive, Death Trap, Starlight Slaughter and Horror Hotel
• US TV and Radio Spots
• Alternate credits sequence
• New cover artwork by Gary Pullin
• Collector’s booklet


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on September 21, 2015, in Horror, Might See, Might-See and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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