Aliens, clowns, demons, dolls, ghosts, giants, lycanthropes, robots, vampires, zombies; choose your poison! 2000 horror and horror-adjacent movies have been analyzed. They have been divided according to 10 antagonist types. Each list is ranked and reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?
If Jason Voorhees was a crocodile
If Jason Voorhees was an animal, he’d be a crocodile. What makes Crocodile better than the average horror movie antagonizing an animal is that it is completely tongue-in-cheek without being a comedy. It’s also a slasher flick and it’s directed by master of horror Tobe Hooper. You're in for a treat. This crocodile is huge and on steroids. This isn’t National Geographic.
Our protagonists are perfect targets. They’re good-looking, stupid, and they’re having way too much fun. Generally, the more fun you have in a slasher flick and the dumber you are, the sooner you die. Well, these guys sure last long; long enough to make us laugh. The croc eats chicken, dogs, fishermen and buildings. It’s basically a dinosaur. It’s fast, it's pissed and it’s terrifying.
The beast doesn’t look fake for most of the running time. Most of the time, we can’t even figure out how the effects were made, even in daylight. It’s not all CG, that’s for sure. This film is more than one would expect from the title. Forget everything you know about movies featuring killer animals. This isn’t Jaws, Anaconda, Deep Blue Sea or Lake Placid. It’s its own thing.