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It's nothing like the Jaws poster, this one's in a river and there's a crocodile!
How fast can you swim?

From the director of Wolf Creek, we have a 2007 horror film Rogue, also known as Territory.

In Australian outback, a bunch of tourists take a river boat ride to see the views and some crocodiles too. On their way back, they see a distress signal and follow it. After finding the remains of its sender's boat, they are attacked by a very big crocodile and are stranded on a small islet in the middle of the river. With the tide rising, they are forced to confront the croc on its own territory.


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  • Action Survivor: Pete, a white collar travel writer who has to grow a spine to keep alive.
  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: When the croc attacks Kate.
  • Canine Companion: Kate's dog Kevin. She is not happy when someone suggests using him as bait,
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: For Pete, as they found the other survivors in the forest when he was battling the crocodile.
  • Closed Circle: The islet. The cast could take a swim, but there's a giant croc under the surface.
  • Cue the Sun: After the night of horror, sun shines on our protagonists.
  • Disney Death: After Kate seemingly dies, Pete later on finds her barely alive in the croc's lair.
  • Dwindling Party: By the final act of the film, only Pete and Kate are facing the crocodile. However, this is only from their perspective as most of the tour group survives the film and Pete and Kate are separated from the rest of survivors instead of everyone else being killed.
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  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: One can be seen during a Scenery Porn moment.
  • Fingore: The croc bites off two of Pete's fingers in the climax. He retaliates by stabbing one of its eyes.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Pete finds the upper half of Neil's body in the croc's lair.
  • Hope Spot: After spending little time on the islet, our cast sees Neil and Collin arriving. Then they are attacked too.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Pete defeats the crocodile by placing himself against a rock, big sharp stick in hand and having it attack him, impaling itself through its head in the process.
  • Eat The Dog: It's the most graphic death in the film.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Neil, who's an asshole but steps up and acts bravely when the situation calls for it.
  • Jump Scare: Largely averted; the fear comes from the growing tension and sense of danger. There is one effective jump scare, when the crocodile suddenly leaps out of the water and snaps up a character.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Only male characters are killed by the crocodile. Kate is the sole female character to be attacked, but survives.
  • Mooning: Neil's buddy Collin moons the tourists when they pass them on the river.
  • Never Found the Body: Everett and Collin who are taken by the alligator offscreen.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: The film even has the trope naming song playing in the credits.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The crocodile doesn't physically appear in several scenes; victims either vanish or fall prey to Gory Discretion Shots. It's remarkable how terrifying just the shot of a tail disappearing into the water can be. Even when on screen, the crocodile is not scariest when it's thrashing about attacking characters, but silently and slowly floating in the water towards its target, waiting to ambush.
  • Oh, Crap!: Neil silently climbs out of the water in the dead of night, when he hears a reptilian growl nearby. His expression is perfectly captured in the torch light.
  • One-Word Title: Obviously.
  • Say My Name: Everett's wife starts screaming his name when he's snatched by the crocodile.
  • Scenery Porn: The film showcases Australia beautifully. Many scenes are just gorgeous to look at.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: When the bar owner hears Pete saying "The service here is terrible" on his cellphone (he meant the phone service), he puts a dead fly on his capuccino in retaliation.
  • Title Drop: There are plenty of mentions of "territory", but no "rogue".
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: According to Word of God, the plot was inspired by the real-life story of Sweetheart, a female saltwater crocodile who became infamous for attacking boats in Australia's Northern Territory between 1974 and 1979. Wildlife rangers tried to capture her alive, but she became trapped underwater and drowned in the attempt. Her preserved remains are now on display at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
  • Working-Class Hero: Played straight, but ultimately subverted. Kate is a down-to-earth tomboy who knows how to survive in the outback in opposition to resort-loving white collar Pete. They both eventually get opportunities to show that they're largely competent. In the end Pete is the one to face the crocodile in the final fight.


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