Lake Placid: Legacy (2018) (DVD film).

A group of alleged eco-warriors who get more out of achieving something than why are enticed a challenge and financial reward of 100 grand to visit Lake Placid by a small team already there. A place which has been taken off the maps and banned although none of them know why. They might be driven by adrenalin, but they aren’t stupid and quickly dismissive radiation and soil poisoning. Mind you, take a rubber raft out on the lake to an island has to reek of trouble.

They find the camp of the people who dared them to come but it is totally devastated. Of course, one of them doesn’t believe it but the evidence mounts up. From then on, it’s a game of ten little eco-indians and a hungry crocodile who’s out for a bite to eat. The game, should you want to play it, is to work out who will survive.

I’ve only ever seen a couple of films from this film franchise but it shouldn’t interfere with you watching it if you haven’t. In some respects, you can learn some things from this film. Like never keeping your supplies all in one place, especially if it’s a boat, when you get to land. Certainly have a knotted rope cos the way they were using it would certainly shred your hands climbing down it with no gloves. Also why not wait until daybreak before making your escape?

I hate to say this but if it wasn’t for the excellent creative darkness from the cinematographer, the crocodile was the least impressive special effect when you get to see it. The size varied a lot especially on the one in pursuit. What puzzles me is why the assumption that there is only one crocodile?

Oddly, some elements of the plot reminds me of ‘Aliens’ but any number of films do that. You will keep your attention throughout, which is always a good sign, and for a low budget, you do get enough bite for your buck. Don’t go in expecting to come out with crocodile boots.

GF Willmetts

October 2018

(region 2 DVD: Pub: Sony Pictures. 1 DVD 90 minute film. Price: £ 7.00 (UK). ASIN: B07GBTVXMK)

cast: Katherine Barnee, Tim Rozon, Sai Bennett, Luke Newton, Craig Stein, Joe Pantoliano, Alisha Bauley, Maxim Baldry, Greg Kriet and Gavin Lee Gomes

check out website: www.sonypictures.co.uk/


Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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