Monday, January 24, 2011

Alligator (1980)

A baby alligator is flushed down the toilet, but years of eating a genetics lab's leftovers turns the lovable pet into a giant man-eating beast that breaks free from its subterranean home to tear through downtown Chicago! The urban legend of alligators in the sewers comes to life in this clever creature feature from 1980. Robert Forster stars as David Madison, a streetwise detective who must team up with a lead herpetologist in order to trap the mutant gator before it attacks again. ALLIGATOR uses all of the same devices as JAWS and the other killer animal films of its time, but it does so with its tongue placed firmly in cheek thanks to another sharp script by PIRANHA's John Sayles. It features some astounding special effects and miniature work that are unusual for a film of its size. Ramon is the most convincing giant gator costume in the genre, even beating out more recent additions like ROGUE and LAKE PLACID (as a bit of trivia, Horror fav Kane Hodder played the mechanical gator in an uncredited role). Mother nature gets her revenge when Ramon sets his sights on a dinner party that is being held by his ungodly creators. More than anything, the quality of this B-movie is elevated by Lewis Teague's impressive direction, which gives the film a polished appearance. He also takes the opportunity to sneak in several apparent nods to JAWS and other pop-culture references along the way. When it comes to giant gators, ALLIGATOR is king.

Rating: 8/10.
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If you liked ALLIGATOR, check out:
BIG ALLIGATOR RIVER, CROCODILE, LAKE PLACID.

13 comments:

  1. Classic. ALLIGATOR is my pal-igator.

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  2. I remember loving this as a kid but I haven't seen it since! Need to watch it soon.

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  3. ALLIGATOR is the best, I love it! It is just a fun and bloody killer animal flick, and the DVD looks great!

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  4. absolutely fabulous croc classic. Adore the scene where the croc breaks through the concrete

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  5. Oh yeah, this one's a classic. Just a fun flick.

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  6. 'Alligator' is definitely a better series than the 'Crocodile' ones. Suck it, salt water creatures!

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  7. An absolute classic. I remember watching this when I was like five or six years old back in the mid to late 80s [last time I actually saw this] and always thinking that a giant gator was going to come out of a manhole cover and eat people. And even as a kid, I felt bad for the animal. I really need to watch this one again. It's been too long.

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  8. I think 'classic' is an overused term, the comments for ALLIGATOR back this up. This is an entertaining and enjoyable distraction, but rarely more than a routine tread through the conventions of the 'Revolt of Nature' sub-genre. It has some interesting things to say about capitalism and big business...A fun little film yes, a classic...NO!

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  9. Maybe cult-classic would be more appropriate?

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  10. Yeah cult-classic...that's a more understanable designation.

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  11. Well, I'm getting it tomorrow. I hope you weren't lying to me, Carl...

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  12. Yeah. I just got through watching it.

    I liked it, although I think a couple of the sub-plots were a bit unnecessary, especially the romance one.

    Plus, I only noticed one wire shot. I'm usually pretty good at catching those too.

    The best part: I got at least two different updates out of it. I don't know if I want to review the actual film any time soon though.

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