Lake Placid 3 (2010)

A game warden moves his family to Lake Placid, twice the site of deadly crocodile attacks. Locals assure him the crocs are gone, but his mischievous young son finds a few baby crocs and begins feeding them. Over a year they grow into very big adults and start attacking the game warden's family and nearby town.

REVIEW: Lake Placid 3 picks up a short time after Part 2 (though no mention as to why there's a new Sheriff or what happened to John Schneider's sheriff character from that movie), and has SyFy regular Colin Ferguson playing a relative of Betty White and Cloris Leachman's characters, arriving in town with his wife and young son to clean out the house on the lake that was previously occupied by both older ladies, and to get it on the market to sell. Compared to John Schneider from Part 2, he's pretty generic and boring as a lead, but luckily alongside him in the movie is the far-more entertaining Michael Ironside as the new town Sheriff and the always-great Yancy Butler as a poacher-for-hire. Unfortunately, everyone who isn't Ironside or Butler is just really bad in this movie when it comes to the acting. Not in the 'They're having fun with this ridiculous dialog' way that the people in Part 2 were like, just in a weak hard-to-watch kind of way, which really brings this one down for me.

The effects for the crocodiles, much like with Part 2, are kind of hit or miss. In some scenes they actually look pretty damn good but in others they really are rather quite terrible, and the same goes for how they interact with the actors and surrounding environments. The CG models and designs for them remain consistent between movies, which is both a good and bad thing. By using the same design, it removes any hope for CGI improvements from movie to movie, however it does keep everything in visual continuity between movies, and seeing as how I rather enjoyed the designs of these crocs for the most part, I'm fine with them not changing throughout the series. This movie also includes a rather fun scene of the crocodiles wandering into town during a nightly rainstorm and attacking a grocery store, which, even though this is one of my least favorite in the franchise, that portion of the movie is my favorite portion of any of the movies.

At the end of the day, Lake Placid 3 is still a decent fun killer crocodile B-Movie, and a worthy successor to the fun-as-hell Lake Placid 2, although it never reaches the same level of quality or fun as that movie, with the exception of a couple stand out characters and scenes.

6/10 rooms in the Psych Ward


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