Eaten Alive (1977) | Tobe Hooper’s horror hotel reopens on Blu-ray
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…
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.
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?
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
• 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
Posted on September 21, 2015, in Horror, Might See, Might-See and tagged Arrow Video, Brutes and Savages, Eaten Alive, Exploitation, Gary Pullin, Horror, Horror Hotel, Horror House Hotel, Joe Ball, Legend of the Bayou, Marilyn Burns, Might See, Murder on the Bayou, Robert Englund, Starlight Slaughter, Tobe Hooper. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.