Lake Placid vs. Anaconda full movie review - Strictly for fans of both the ANACONDA/LAKE PLACID franchises, others look out!
Former game hunter now turned town sheriff REBA (YANCY BUTLER) is on the hunt for crocodile poacher JIM BICKERMAN (The returning ROBERT ENGLUND) who is still plundering the crocodile reserves on the orders of the shady Wexell Pharmacuticals company.
But when the heavily sedated crocodile under his care awakens & gets loose, it makes lunch meat out of all the scientists watching over it. While in the process of escaping, the crocodile also unleashes a horde of baby crocodiles & a pair of equally deadly Anacondas, which waste very little time in invading the lakes & forests nearby. This doesn't serve well for a group of brainless college girls, who are spending the weekend out there in the woods for a fraternity initiative, only to wind up being the main course for the flesh hungry crocodiles & snakes, who waste little time in chomping down on them. When a local game hunter learns his daughter is amongst the group of girls, he sets out with Reba & her bumbling deputy to try & rescue them, only to learn that one of the pharmaceuticals agents is also out there to protect the anacondas & will gladly kill anyone who gets in their way.
Fifth film in both the ANACONDA/LAKE PLACID franchises more or less, serves itself as a direct sequel to the LAKE PLACID films than it does the ANACONDA series, in fact, minus the title, there is very little, if anything, connecting this movie to the ANACONDA series, minus a mention of the "Blood Orchid" as mentioned in the second film in the ANACONDA series, plus the fact that both ROBERT ENGLUND & YANCY BUTLER return as the characters they played in LAKE PLACID: THE FINAL CHAPTER. As in all the sequels (but unlike their original movies) to both franchises, LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA wastes no time in diving directly into all the cheap B movie conventions, which includes copious amounts of female nudity, tons of gore & a high body count & never once takes itself seriously (Then again, with a title & plot like this, one isn't exactly expecting BEN HUR either). The performances in & of themselves are so & so, but it is well directed though & boasts some pretty gorgeous atmospheric scenery of the woodsy green forest, which is well captured on camera & despite it's obvious low budget, the CGI crocodiles & snakes are well done for what they are.
However while I did enjoy the movie for what it was, I will admit the snakes could have been integrated better into the story. Fans of the ANACONDA series will be disappointed to learn that the snakes barely fit into the plot & are used very sparingly in the film, not only that, but they really don't show up to wreck their havoc until the movie is pretty much over (minus their brief appearances at the beginning) the final fight between the killer snakes & crocodiles is hardly anything one would call "exciting" in fact it's a major disappointment & is so flatly shot & uninteresting you'll be thinking to yourself that there must be some sort of twist, but there isn't! to be fair considering the title creatures one could hardly expect anything real or as high powered as we saw in ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM or even FREDDY VS. JASON, but I felt the film-makers could still have done better with the face off between the two deadly sets of predators than what they gave us here, after such a fun build up, the final fight was a real letdown.
All in all, as I stated in my summary, this movie is strictly for fans of the ANACONDA/LAKE PLACID movies, if you don't count yourself as one of those people, than avoid this movie at all costs, since it's easily the silliest one of the bunch, but then again so was BOA VS. PYTHON so?