Lake Placid

Fox 2000 Pictures / Phoenix Pictures Released 1999




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Steve Miner

Lake Placid is a monster film that centers on Black Lake, a relatively sequestered town in Maine, as its occupants are terrorized by a mysterious creature hiding in the lake. When the body of a Maine Fish and Game researcher is found with an apparent fossil in it, paleontologist Kelly Scott is called in to investigate with the help of Fish and Games officer Jack Wells and Black Lake sheriff Hank Keough. The three, much to Kelly's horror, discover that the fossil is in fact a large tooth from a crocodile. Their investigation is hijacked by eccentric crocodile fanatic Hector Cyr. It seems that not only is there a crocodile attacking anything and everything around the lake, it is also at least thirty feet long. As the ill-prepared group tries to capture the creature without any more deaths, they have their work cut out for them as the crocodile definitely does not want to go and it might not be the only one.



Metacritic Score

  • 40

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Trouble is, while not trading quips, the characters actually go through the motions of being scared of the croc, menaced by the croc and so on. And since even the gator horror sati...

  • 30

    Variety Robert Koehler

    To be sure, Kelley's Emmy-winning brand of off-kilter humor and cockeyed affection for rural folk is on display, but his attempt here to blend the citified angst of "Ally McBeal" (...

  • 25

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is pretty bad, all right. But it has a certain charm. It's so completely wrong-headed from beginning to end that it develops a doomed fascination.

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    • Production Budget - $35,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $31,770,414 (64th)
      Worldwide Gross - $56,870,414 (60th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $50,032,148
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $89,559,707

    • Other production companies:
      Rocking Chair Productions

    • Filming locations:
      Buntzen Lake, Anmore, British Columbia, Canada
      Hayward Lake, Mission, British Columbia, Canada
      New York City, New York
      Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada
      Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
      Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    • Taglines:
      1. You'll never know what bit you.
      2. Part Mystery Part Thriller Parts Missin.

    • Music:
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      Written by Tony Romeo
      Performed by Maureen Davis, Jamie Dunlap, Scott Nickoley, David Pincus, Mark Pont
      It's Not Unusual
      Written by Gordon Mills and Les Reed
      Performed by Tom Jones
      Is This Love
      Written by Bob Marley
      Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers


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