LAKE PLACID 3 on Syfy Channel – A Quick Review

by on August 22, 2010

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Lake Placid 3: The Syfy Saturday Night Original Movie

Lake Placid 3 was written by David Reed.  Reed was a script coordinator for The CW’s Supernatural (They let him write an episode also) and was a writer’s assistant on Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica.  I think for a first go at it, he did a fine enough job and I’d hope that as he learns from his experience, he gets better with his next project.

In a word, I feel like this 3rd installment in the series was better than the 2nd movie that Syfy aired.  It passed the time of night in a rather entertaining fashion.  If you’re a regular viewer of the Syfy Original Movies for a Saturday night, it was above par from their usual content.  I wasn’t unhappy, and yes, I watched the whole movie!

Lake Placid 3 on the Syfy Channel opens with the standard death of 2 young hot youthful skinny dippers. We are then introduced to Colin Ferguson and Kirsty Mitchell, as the Bickerman’s. And later, to Michael Ironside as the local sheriff.

LAKE PLACID 3 -- Syfy Original Movie -- Pictured: Colin Ferguson

Colin Ferguson (Eureka) plays Nathan Bickerman, a Zoologists/Game Warden in charge of the Black Lake region.  He moves his wife (played by Kristy Mitchell and child) move into his grandmother, Sadie’s, house. Sadie (Who was played by Cloris Leachman in LP2) has passed on.  But the Bickerman child, Conner, spends 2 years feeding little itty bitty crocs. It’s come down to his shoplifting food to keep feeding the quickly growing crocs.

It goes from there.

The first 1/2 hour contained character and story developing dialog that wasn’t horrid. We are then introduced to Yancy Butler as a local hunting guide.  At about the 45 – 50 minute mark, wholesale death started to show up all over the place. A babysitter gets attacked, more hot nubiles become victims and such.

The dialog throughout the movie was much better than most Syfy Saturday Night Original movies and actually helped connect a lot of scenes together. (Yea, I know. I don’t believe I just wrote that.)

To be honest, I was looking forward to seeing how much different Colin Ferguson delivered this role, but I didn’t see anything too far removed from his role of Sheriff Carter from Eureka.  That wasn’t a complaint, but an observation and a bit of disappointment.

LAKE PLACID 3 -- Syfy Original Movie -- Pictured: Yancy Butler

Yancy Butler was over the top and this is the first time I’ve seen her (That I know of) since her TV series bomb, Witchblade. She becomes more or less a pretty decent fixture

LAKE PLACID 3 -- Syfy Original Movie -- Pictured: Michael Ironside

Michael Ironside, with that wonderfully deep voice of his led credence to the movie, that is until his character died in the movie.  I’m not knocking Syfy.  It is what it is and it’s done well for other actors, but I’m surprised that Ironside has ended up here.  What’s up with that?

The CGI crocs weren’t horrible, but the attention to detail was rather lacking in some of the scenes, detracting from some of the moments, but, forgivable for a Saturday night!

So if you’re not doing much one day and you see Lake Placid 3 coming up on Syfy, I think you’d be pleasantly surprised if you stuck around to check it out.

This was the original sales pitch from NBC:

Debuting Saturday, August 21, at 9PM (ET/PT), “Lake Placid 3” stars Colin Ferguson (Eureka) as a game warden who moves his family to Lake Placid, once the site of deadly crocodile attacks. Locals assure him the crocs are gone, but his mischievous young son finds a few baby crocs and begins feeding them. They quickly grow into very big adults and start attacking the game warden’s family and nearby town.  Lake Placid 3 also stars Yancy Butler (Kick-Ass) and Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation). A UFO production for Sony.

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