Crocodile

The following AHA film review was compiled from archival information and documentation and may not reflect AHA's current criteria for animal action review and rating procedures.

Filmed in Taiwan, Crocodile is a horror film about an oversized crocodile that terrorizes a town, attacking the inhabitants every three days.

  • Starring: Nat Puvanai and Kirk Warren
  • Director(s): Sompote Sands
  • Distributor: Cobra Media (US)
  • Release Date: Wednesday, November 18, 1981
  • Rating: Unacceptable

Featured Animal Action

Although production utilized a mechanical crocodile for many of the scenes, live ones were also used within miniature sets to simulate the massive size of the fictitious animal. In one such scene, a live crocodile is slashed with a knife. Blood spurts, revealing that the animal used was either alive or recently killed.

AHA attempted to contact the film's distributor, Cobra Media, regarding the animal cruelty but our inquiries were unanswered. AHA rated Crocodile Unacceptable.

The ongoing expansion of the AHA Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media has raised the standard of care for animal actors worldwide. In addition, technological advancements have created safe alternatives to risky action, enabling filmmakers to maintain their creative vision without compromising the welfare of animal actors. AHA continues to be a vigilant watchdog for animals in film and television and acknowledges the groundbreaking history of this program while expanding and refining procedures to reflect increased knowledge and new challenges.