Lake Placid (1999)

(On VHS, November 2001) Interesting experiment, here, as the structure of a typical monster movie is taken over by a writer with a good ear for dialogue. The result is nothing more than a monster B-movie, but the repartee is so crunchy that you’ll forgive the film a lot of otherwise unpleasant things. Such as the unlikable characters, the silly characters and the cardboard characters. Oh, but have-I mentioned that the dialogue is pretty good? In a sarcastic kind of way, of course, as the writer’s idea of “good” dialogue is verbal insults. It might work for you. The rest of the film is nothing special, though it is a cut above the usual straight-to-video monster movie.

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