Maybe it's because they look like they swam with dinosaurs, or maybe it's because they can be found in so many places throughout the world (Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia), but it seems like everybody's got a crocodile story to tell. Whether it's the crocodile that bit off Captain Hook's hand (Peter Pan), the crocodile backs that James Bond runs across (Live and Let Die) or the giant Asian croc that mysteriously made its way to Maine (Lake Placid), nobody can resist the water-dwelling reptiles. Very helpfully, MJ Simpson has assembled "The Complete Killer Crocodile Filmography," which includes many strange and wonderful-sounding international titles.

Simpson's list includes a half-dozen for 2007, which sounds like five too many. Set in South Africa, Primeval was first out of the gate. It was advertised as "Inspired by the true story of the most prolific serial killer in history," but Scott called it an "amazing three-headed undercooked movie" with "outrageously underwhelming CGI effects." The Australian picture Black Water is also said to be based on true events, but shouldn't have any problems with underwhelming CGI: the filmmakers say they "went to the north of Australia and braved the waters with real live saltwater crocodiles." Their web site includes footage of crocs thrashing about and gnawing on their cameras, and the trailer looks very promising: a man, his wife and his sister-in-law are stranded in a mangrove swamp surrounded by crocodiles when their boat is overturned and their guide goes missing. Sounds like the Open Water formula, but if the filmmakers can deliver 90 minutes of simmering tension, I'd watch it in a skipped heartbeat. Plans are to release it in Australia in November; Grindstone Entertainment Group claimed North American rights, but since they're a direct-to-DVD label (as noted by Ryan), evidently Black Water will be sadly denied exposure on American cinema screens.

[Via Inside Film Magazine]