This was Hooper's first film following his masterpiece, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974); but because of haphazard distribution and several title changes, it never really found an audience. Setting his story in Louisiana, Hooper introduces us to a new maniac, Brand, the sexually
repressed proprietor of the Starlight Hotel. Brand sports a wooden leg and likes to vent his frustrations by killing his guests with a huge scythe and then feeding them to his alligator. The film's definite sick highlight occurs when an unbearably cute puppy owned by a little girl is swallowed by
Judd's alligator. Although EATEN ALIVE is not so unusual or terrifying as TEXAS CHAINSAW, Hoo...