Perhaps someday he may succeed.
But, then again, on that day, nature may rebel, and THIS, could happen...
This film contains examples of the following:
- Animal Nemesis: The giant crocodile to Dr. Akom and Dr. Strom after their families are devoured by the monster.
- An Arm and a Leg: The film rather gruesomely depicts this on a massive scale during the village attack(s). An additional shot showing of dozens of limbs sinking beneath the river was cut in the international version.
- Death Glare: The Crocodile gives plenty in extreme closeup.
- Developing Doomed Characters: The Akom and Strom families, who are savaged by the crocodile a good half hour into the film.
- Downer Ending: The Crocodile is killed, but no one survives.
- Feed It a Bomb: How do you think they kill it?
- Heroic Sacrifice: It is Dr. Akom who finally destroys the crocodile in the Thai cut. It is Peter's doing via re-editing in the international cut.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. Ann is eaten by the crocodile first. Some boys are also devoured via stock footage of another Sands film in the international cut.
- Intrepid Reporter: Peter, who shows up in the third act out of nowhere.
- Immune to Bullets: The croc.
- Leave the Camera Running: Many shots in both versions linger uncomfortably, most memorably a shot of a live Siamese crocodile being carved.
- Madness Mantra: Dr. Akom keeps hearing Ann's "I love you, daddy!" over and over.
- Mood Whiplash: The film switches between light family drama and various plot irrelevant crocodile kills in the first act.
- Nuclear Nasty: "By God, a mutant!"
- Ostinato: The annoying, omnipresent Crocodile theme in the international version is a brief strain of blaring orchestral music cannibalized from the Thai version accompanied by a repetitious synth pulse that never ceases.
- Re Cut: Re-editing is put to disastrous effect in the international version. The original version wasn't a cinematic masterpiece, but at least the sequence of events made actual sense.
- Stupid Sacrifice: Peter's death in the Thai cut. This is edited with different results in the international version.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Dr. Akom is hardly there for his family, until his family isn't there for him.