This film is a prime example of the 'why on earth did it get banned syndrome'. So many of the films placed on the DPP List were of a substandard quality that you wonder if they were banned just for being bad films.
The film certainly has an aura of DC comics about it, which is a nice touch, but the 'acting' is mostly incoherant rubbish made even more annoying by the very loud music playing throughout the entire film. The fact that many fairly well known names appear in the film also raises eyebrows. Robert Englund was at an early stage in his career so that can be forgiven, but to see Mel Ferrer in this defies belief.
What plot there is, is badly handled which goes to prove that Tobe Hooper really has never been consistant as a director. While Texas Chainsaw Massacre was no masterpiece it is head and shoulders above this and to think this is the same person who went on to direct Poltergeist is incredible. The special effects are naff as well with the 'croc' itself being the worst offender. When it is seen it's so unreal I nearly did laugh.
As I have said many times before I am a lover of Low Budget Horror and B movies but this just didn't do it for me.
Check it out certainly, if you like me, want to see or own every 'nasty' on the list or if you like cheap horror. I will also add that judging by the reviews the US uncut version called 'Eaten Alive' might be worth seeking out instead as the picture and sound appear to have been cleaned up.