Lake Placid 2

Lake Placid 2

Lake Placid 2 (2007)

A few years after their tiny town was terrorized by a giant crocodile, the residents of Lake Placid once again must deal with terror below the surface of their lake.

If you saw the original “Lake Placid”, you’ve seen the best that this film has to offer.  In fact, it’s hard to tell for sure if this supposed to be a sequel or a spoof.  It’s one thing to take a story and carry that same story forward – that’s a sequel.  This?  Not so much.  This is essentially a high school AV Club-level attempt at remaking the original film.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before.  The original film saw the local sheriff, a Fish and Game officer and a paleontologist investigate disappearances at the lake.  There, they reluctantly join with an eccentric crocodile enthusiast and find out that Betty White has been feeding a croc in the lake.  In this completely different movie, the sheriff, a Fish and Wildlife agent and an EPA researcher investigate an animal attack at the lake, reluctantly join forces with an eccentric big game hunter and find out that Cloris Leachman (who happens to be playing Betty White’s sister) has been feeding a group of crocs.  They even steal some of the original film’s better scenes (albeit in a clumsy, ham-fisted manner).

The body count is higher and there’s some gratuitous nudity in an attempt to make this entertaining, but none of it really works.  The kills are poorly done with terrible CGI effects.  The dialog is inane and the characters have all been seen before – and better.  John Schneider gives you pretty much what you’d expect if Bo Luke became sheriff, Sam McMurray approaches his role as a grizzled (and arrogant) big game hunter with the same depth and intensity he brought to the role of Supervisor O’Boyle on “King of Queens” and Cloris Leachman turns in the same sophisticated and multifaceted performance she delivered 30 years ago as Frau Blucher in “Young Frankenstein”, but without the accent.  Even the partying teens in this film were bad – and that’s pretty hard to screw up.

If you find yourself somehow drawn to this film and really feel the need to see it, rent the original one and have somebody smash your hand with a hammer while you watch it.  You’ll get the same story, be more entertained and it will hurt less.

Stars: 1.5/5

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