Film: Primeval

Primeval is a 2007 horror film about a group of American journalists looking for the notorious man-eating crocodile "Gustave" in Burundi in the midst of a civil war.


This film provides examples of:

  • Mighty Roar: The giant reptile lets out a lion-like roar after devouring the Big Bad.
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: When Orlando Jones points out that the Crocodile is just like OJ: eating up a bunch of Africans, no one gives a fuck, kills one white lady, and they send the news crew.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: The film centering around a real-life 20+ foot long crocodile named Gustave.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Notoriously used for the film, which is loosely based on the true story of man-eating crocodile Gustave. The trailer describes Gustave as a serial killer who has claimed more than 300 victims and remains at large. It completely omits the fact that it's a crocodile. The only mention of his non-human status is a brief line in the trailer where the narrator says "He's real, but he's not human" which can be interpreted in a variety of ways. A crocodile only flashes on screen for about a second.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: And in a case of Humans Are Stupid, the movie stars SUV-sized "Serial killer" Gustave, whose large kill record is largely due to idiot fishermen and similarly idiot photographers and big-game hunters. However, it's at least more factually accurate than Lake Placid.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The movie, while it deals with an actual, real-life giant crocodile (Gustave), exaggerates every other aspect of the events it claims to recount, from doubling his number of human kills, to depicting him seeking out and attacking entire groups of clearly defended humans (the real Gustave strikes at groups of three or fewer tourists, primarily when they are off-guard, and certainly when they lack shelter). And that's without mentioning the film's ads, which portray him as "the most prolific serial killer in history". On top of all that, it's a case of Never Trust a Trailer — Gustave only appears in brief stretches, and most of the film deals with a local civil war, with the croc relegated to the background for the most part.