The story is about a large Asian crocodile that travels across the Atlantic Ocean, and takes up residence in a lake in Maine. An old lady (wonderfully played by Betty White) is feeding the crocodile, as it had become kind of a pet to her and her late husband. Unfortunately, the crocodile isn't satisfied with just eating the cattle that are provided to it. It also doesn't mind snacking on a human or two. And let's face it, if this movie were about an old lady feeding a crocodile, it wouldn't be here, now would it?
After a tooth is uncovered, it is sent to a museum to be analyzed. The museum director sends one of his colleagues (Fonda) to the lake to find out what is going on. There she meets the sheriff (Gleeson), the local game warden (Pullman), and arriving shortly thereafter, an eccentric man (Platt) who believes that crocodiles are godly, and enjoys swimming with them.
While there are some genuine scary moments in the movie, it tries too hard to be funny as well. If the filmmakers had tried to stick to just one style of movie, either humorous or scary, they would have fared a lot better. Instead of a very good film, what they ended up with is a movie that is trying too hard to be both scary and funny at the same time. While there are a few surprises in this movie (one that took me *completely* off guard), the ending is all too predictable. Some movies can get away with combining the horror aspects and the comedy aspects, like the above mentioned TREMORS. Unfortunately for LAKE PLACID, it couldn't quite pull it off.