A sequel approximately no one asked for, Lake Placid 2 brings loose ties to the original 1999 camp fest during its cable debut Thursday, May 3, on the SciFI Channel at 9 p.m. (EDT). This is a movie not trying to be campy because it’s not trying at all.
Only one character has any connection to the original film, supposedly the sister of Betty White’s Delores Bickerman. Cloris Leachman takes the role as Sadie, who is following in Delores’s footsteps by raising more crocs. This might as well be the sequel to Sci-Fi’s Crocodile series otherwise. At least those schlock fests made some attempt at being entertaining.
Apparently, in eight years since the first attack, the giant crocodile has been forgotten and is nothing more than a myth. A massive, oversized flesh eater would generally be hard to forget in that span of time. A short conversation explains the growth spurt late in the film, and also revels there’s more than one massive creature romping around town.
While hardly a classic, Lake Placid did have a sharp dark sense of humor and some decent special effects. In this sequel, neither of those work. Brief laughs are random and forced. The CG special effects fail miserably, rarely intercutting with the actors properly. They hardly even look like a crocodile, featuring the thicker snout of an alligator. Over-the-top gore is the sole reason to stick around for the creature attacks.
David Flores, the director responsible for disasters like S.S. Doomtrooper makes zero improvements here. For those who have previously viewed a sci-fi/horror movie, you can pick out which characters will die in the first 15 minutes. Even the order in which they meet their fate is fairly routine. There’s not an ounce of originality here.
Even going in with the expectations of a typical Sci-Fi Channel original, Lake Placid 2 is a shameless cash-in on the name. If it has some redeeming values, good luck trying to find them.