With Lake Placid vs. Anaconda, Syfy Combines Two Franchises You Forgot Existed


Both Lake Placid and Anaconda were fun, late-’90s movies that featured celebrities goofing around in monster movie scenarios, ushering in the era of both Betty White as foul-mouthed dirty jokester, and Jon Voight as somebody not to be taken seriously. They were Syfy movies before there even was such a term, albeit on much bigger budgets.

And somehow, on DVD, they kept going as franchises (yes, Anacondas got a theatrical release, but it was brief), although Lake Placid proclaimed its “final chapter” three years ago. And today, this press release from Syfy:

Premieres Saturday, April 25 at 9PM – Killer crocodiles and giant anacondas clash in this thriller about corporate greed and science gone wrong, starring Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Yancy Butler (Kick Ass) and Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1). A production of UFO Films.

I don’t know which is harder to believe – the notion that this is actually a “thriller,” or the fact that it wasn’t made by The Asylum.