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Lake Placid

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

You'll never know what bit you.

Welcome to Black Lake. Its placid waters complement the pristine Maine, USA, wilderness it borders. This tranquil setting is probably the last place you'd expect a gruesome fatality. But then it's also the last place you'd expect to find a 10-metre, narrow-snouted, multi-toothed, reptilian of the species crocodylus. An eating machine more commonly known as a crocodile.

The thick-skinned interloper and its appetite for humans brings together a group of people perhaps even stranger than the phenomenon they've been called upon to investigate.

Smarting from a recently botched office romance, an emotionally fragile, naturephobic palaeontologist, Kelly Scott (Bridget Fonda), is reluctantly dispatched for her first real field assignment. Scott's big city manner and obvious distaste for the great outdoors is a constant irritant to the man in charge of the inquest, fish and game warden Jack Wells (Bill Pullman), who would prefer not to be burdened with her help. Also on the scene is the irascible Sheriff, Hank Keough (Brendan Gleeson), who would like nothing more than to find the predator and blow its head off.

Landing unannounced in the middle of the action is wealthy and eccentric mythology professor Hector Cyr (Oliver Platt), who steamrolls the team into trying to capture and preserve the elusive creature that is lurking nearby.

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Lake Placebo: it looks just like the real thing but there are no active ingredients.

Nah, just kidding! Lake Placid is actually a pretty good beast flick. Giant (insert fearsome creature) terrorises isolated group of people resulting in awesome... er... gruesome and bloody deaths, frights and scares. While the plot is as thin as the female stars' waistlines, the humour (sarcastic and bitchy) lies thick on the ground. There are as many wounds from the cutting repartée as there are from the croc.

This is a funny, bloody piece of popcorn for those under the voting age and those who just behave like they are, and that's all you need to know!

Security censorship classification

M (medium level violence, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

79 minutes (1:19 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

5 September 2001

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