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MEET THE MANIAC & HIS FRIEND.

Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Krueger s famous red and green sweater, horror icon Robert Englund delivered a supremely sleazy performance in Eaten Alive another essay in taut Southern terror from Tobe Hooper, director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Deep in the Louisiana bayou sits the ramshackle Starlight Hotel, destination of choice for those who like to check in but not check out! Bumbling Judd, the patron of this particular 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...

Oozing atmosphere from its every pore (the entire film was shot on a sound-stage which lends it a queasy, claustrophobic feel), Eaten Alive matches The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for sheer insanity helped in no small part by some marvellous histrionics from Chain Saw star Marilyn Burns and William Finley (Phantom of the Paradise).
[Arrow Synopsis]

 Eaten Alive

Video


As warned by Hooper in the disc's introduction, the colours here are ripe. Reds immediately leap off the screen, in fact the core location is literally bathed in red lighting with no real reason for it beyond stylistic effect and it works. It works so well, it manages to add alot of extra weird to the odd feeling weirdness within the film. Anyway, because of these bold colour choices skin tones are particularly pink and rosey but that doesn't really do anything to the presentation's detriment as the image remains sharp, detailed and full of life no matter the colour overkill.

The presnetation continues to impress as the more neon elements enter the film. Pinks, purples, greens and blues, they all work wonders within this HD presentation and bounce off of one another in wild and vibrant ways.

Darker scenes give the film a 60s horror feel, especially when we travel through a dark, foggy wood and arrive at an old house. The style of the film and it's foggy sound stage location often plays on that classic horror look, even in certain costumes and the fairly innocent feeling dialogue at times.

Black levels are fantastic here and seem all the more deep when bounced off of the warm colouring and well placed lighting. Across the board this is a great restoration, with sharp, crisp edges, really great colour representation and a clean fresh feeling even when at its darkest.

 Eaten Alive

Audio


The audio track here is a little shrill in its upper pitches but is otherwise strong and clean throughout. There's not a great deal going on beyond dialogue, which adds a great deal to the atmosphere of the film and adds a certain realness to the wild comic book colouring look to the film but with the score underpinning the build up to sinister moments, the horror still plays well.

Animal sounds and of course the swamp home of the crock have a fair few sound effects that change things up a bit and work either subtly or effectivly when they up their presence.

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Extras


The film comes with a 20 Second 'Introduction Tobe Hooper' and the commentary is a little disjointed with its multiple contributors (cast and crew, recorded seperatly) but remains largely warm and welcoming and balances details on the film and details about the contributors well.

The Interviews with Tobe Hooper (14:03 HD) , Janis Blythe (11:38 HD) and Craig Reardon (11:26 HD) cover lots of views on the film from the three selections. Hooper talks vaguely of his style choices here and why he chose such outlandish colours and such on the soundstage he had at his disposal. Blythe covers her experience with the film and Reardon more on his career.

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Theres another selection of 'Archive Interviews' with Tobe Hooper, Robert Englund and Marilyn Burns ranging from 5 to 15 minutes.

'The Butcher of Elmendorf' (23:05 HD) looks at the true love story of the South Texas bar owner the film is loosely based on.

Then rounding up the disc is the Theatrical Trailers, TV and Radio spots, Alternative Credits and Galleries.

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Overall


Eaten Alive is Hooper at his wild best and very much in tune with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2's sensibilities. The male character are particulalry deranged and often chaotic but it works for the insanity of this hotel based horror and keeps everything feeling twisted, unhinged or just plain crazy without undermining the horror, gore or scare elements which all work wonders.

The disc itself is a stylised wonder with the wild colours of the film presented perfectly and with the low key mono audio used well. Extras are a little disjointed but still provide alot of detail and added value to this great Arrow package of another wild Tobe Hooper horror ride.
 Eaten Alive


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