|LAKE PLACID: THE FINAL CHAPTER|
|Directed by||Don Michael Paul|
|Produced by||Jeffery Beach|
|Written by||David Reed|
|Music by||Frederik Wiedmann|
|Editing by||John Quinn|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
|Release dates||September 29, 2012|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Preceded by||Lake Placid 3 (2010)|
|Followed by||Lake Placid vs. Anaconda (2015)|
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (also known as Lake Placid 4) is a 2012 made-for-television horror film. It is a direct sequel to the 2010 film Lake Placid 3 and the fourth and final installment in the Lake Placid-franchise. The film premiered on September 29, 2012 by Syfy and was released on DVD on February 19, 2013.
The film was followed by the spin-off crossover-film Lake Placid vs. Anaconda (2015).
Reba, the poacher who managed to survive the battles with the crocodiles in the store in Lake Placid 3, is now an EPA agent who attempts to exterminate the crocodiles in Black Lake. The lake has been corralled by the Army Corps of Engineers with a 10,000-volt electric barrier to lock the crocodiles in the lake to let them starve and die off. Reba and her group are scheduled to get inside the lake to capture young crocodiles for examination. However, they soon discover that the crocodiles have survived by cannibalism, which makes them continue breeding and increase their strength and aggressiveness. The problems become more serious when a group of students of Marshfield Swimming Team and an illegal group of hunters led by Jim Bickerman, who want to find crocodiles eggs, decide to trespass. Afterward, they all have to continue fighting the giant killer crocodiles until the group can escape the barrier.
During the process, most people are killed, including a member of Reba's group who came inside the barrier to investigate. At the end, the group seems to have completely exterminated the crocodiles, and Reba keeps a croc head for house decoration. But later, as Jim Bickerman wakes up after being punched out by Max's father Ryan, he is attacked one last crocodile. As the camera focuses on a jogging woman who is listening to a radio, she is attacked and devoured by the surviving crocodile right in front of the Black Lake signboard, which means that the crocodiles will still roam the lake.
- Elisabeth Röhm as Sheriff Theresa Giove
- Yancy Butler as Reba
- Paul Nicholls as Ryan Loflin
- Poppy Lee Friar as Chloe Giove
- Benedict Smith as Max Loflin
- Caroline Ford as Elaine
- Scarlett Byrne as Brittany
- Daniel Black as Drew
- Jeff Stewart as Deputy Nermal
- Robert Englund as Jim Bickerman
In October 2011, Yancy Butler said she had signed on to the project.
The film receives generally mixed reviews, mostly due to its uses of unrealistic, low-budget CGI (just like the two predecessors) and an open ending that is conflicting with its name.
However, Lake Placid: The Final Chapter has been stated to be much better than both of its predecessors. It received positive reviews from some critics who praise its plot and character development. One of the critics David E. Kelley, the writer of the original film, who gave the film 4.5 out of 5 stars, says, "Is this the last one really? The ending doesn't make me think so. I am glad to see Robert Englund in this and some of the cast from the previous movie! The effects are still lame as second and third, but the story is good". Another critic, Marcie Frank said she was totally into it and couldn't change the channel. Scott Weinberg from FEARnet, who gave the film a review "Rotten", said "I've seen a lot worse "crocs run wild" movies than Lake Placid 4".
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter was released on DVD on February 19, 2013.
- Lake Placid: The Final Chapter at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)