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

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

Written and directed by Steve Lawson (Ripper UntoldBram Stoker’s Van HelsingThe Haunting of AlcatrazPentagramThe Exorcism of Karen WalkerHellriserKillerSaurus).

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


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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.


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

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“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. Unfortunately, it tends to be a bit heavy-handed and preachy about it.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

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

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.