SALTWATER: THE BATTLE FOR RAMREE ISLAND (2021) Review of crocodile horror

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Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island is a 2021 British action horror film about four soldiers facing off against deadly crocodiles.

Written and directed by Steve Lawson (Ripper Untold; Bram Stoker’s Van Helsing; The Haunting of AlcatrazPentagramThe Exorcism of Karen WalkerHellriserKillerSaurus).

The movie stars Glenn Salvage (13 Graves; Soldier of War; The Dead), Jas Steven Singh (The Ashcroft Entity aka Unholy), Steven Dolton (The Exorcism of Karen WalkerHellriserKillerSaurus; The Curse of Robert; Nocturnal Activity), Ryan Harvey, Charlie Bond (Powertool Cheerleaders vs the Boyband of the Screeching DeadPandamoniumHellriser),  David Hon Ma Chu (Pandamonium; Slasher House 2 and 3),


A band of soldiers in search of a secret Japanese ammunition store face off against deadly saltwater crocodiles in the swamps of Ramree Island. Inspired by actual events during World War II.


4Digital Media has released Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island in the USA on DVD and On-Demand.


” …we do see plenty of footage of crocodiles in the film – swimming in swamps, crawling around the brush but never anywhere near our cast of characters… All thanks to some wonderful stock-footage filmmakers and some well-matched colour-grading […] Pretty much a four-man stage play filmed in the woods rather than on stage, Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island is a slow-moving, overly-talky movie…” Nerdly

“Most of the footage of the crocodiles is fairly obvious stock footage with what looks like some kind of an animatronic, or more likely a puppet, head for scenes of someone getting bitten. But with a main cast of four and only three Japanese soldiers to be seen, there aren’t many of those […] To its credit Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island does try to make a few points about colonialism and racism.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

Glenn Salvage … Harris
Jas Steven Singh … Singh
Steven Dolton … Sgt. Turner
Ryan Harvey … Pike
Charlie Bond … Olive
David Hon Ma Chu … Soldier

Filming locations:

Parklands Studio, Hinckley
Creativ Studios, Leicester

Technical details:

82 minutes

Fun facts:

Ramree Island (Yangbye Kywan) lies off the Burma coast, 110 km (70 mi) south of Akyab (now Sittwe). The island had been captured by the Imperial Japanese Army in early 1942, during the invasion of Burma.

In January 1945, the Allies invaded Ramree and Cheduba Island nearby, to establish airbases for the supply of the mainland campaign. There are reports of Japanese soldiers being eaten by saltwater crocodiles in the inland mangrove swamps; the Guinness Book of World Records has listed it as “worst crocodile disaster in the world” and “most number of fatalities in a crocodile attack” but scientists and historians have dismissed this as implausible.


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