Tobe Hooper has given us films that are considered classics, such as POLTERGEIST and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, plus a minor gem, THE FUNHOUSE. In CROCODILE, perhaps one of the better "crocodile/alligator" movies, he gives us some jolts and scares, a rather well done crocodile animatronic, but alas and alack, a gaggle of characters who become so whiny and self-serving, you want the crocodile to eat them all. This is the scriptwriter's fault, but the actors (and that's being kind) are so untalented, they only make you want them to bite the bullet! As always, the college kids are shown as dope-smoking, alcoholic wastes, and how can one feel sorry for Brady, when it's obvious he still has the hots for Sunny (the unbelievably bad Sommer Knight). Mark McLaughlin, Chris Solari and Caitlin Martin are on the level with high school thespians, and the poor guy who plays Lester isn't even that far.
So why 4 stars? For what it's supposed to do, CROCODILE succeeds; Hooper knows how to stage suspense; too bad he didn't have a better cast.