A friend of mine is an aficionado of horror films. He laps them up — from schlock horror to croc horror. I was not aware, until he enlightened me, that the latter is a well-established sub-sub-sub-genre. The taxonomy goes something like this: horror films > natural horror films (also known as creature features) > natural horror films with reptiles > natural horror films with crocodiles.

The 1980 monster movie Alligator was seminal. Its sequel followed ten years later, and there were a couple more in the nineties and noughties. The year 2007 was a bumper one, with a bunch of croc films being released: from the terror of Australian swamps in Black Water to the politically dubious Primeval, starring Gustave the man-eating Burundian crocodile (you can’t make this stuff up — and, indeed, both films were based on true stories).

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