— Opening narration, international version
A schlocky, but memorable Thai Jaws
rip-off helmed by the infamous Sompote Sands. Bares the distinction of being the only Chaiyo film to be dubbed into English (though the international version is its own train wreck due to the nonsensical re-editing), and is by far the easiest to come across because of thisnote
A nuclear test causes a massive hurricane and mutates a Crocodile to gigantic proportions. Dr. Akom and Dr. Strom, two overworked hospital M.D.s dealing with the massive amount of casualties from the disaster, decide to spend the weekend on vacation with their families, but all is not well in the water and the doctors' loved ones are picked off by the Crocodile. Upon discovering the killer's true identity, the doctors swear revenge and side with a local fisherman who is supposedly destined to face off with the beast, while the monster rampages through Thai water villages. Geared up and ready to kick some crocodilian ass, Dr. Akom, Dr. Strom, and Fisherman Tanaka head out to sea, and well, fail miserably at accomplishing much of anything.
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.
- Downer Ending: The Crocodile is killed, but no one survives.
- Feed It a Bomb: How do you think they kill it?
- Madness Mantra: Dr. Akom keeps hearing Ann's "I love you, daddy!" over and over.
- 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.