Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Alligator (1980)

Director: Lewis Teague

Starring: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo

Runtime: 1:31

Rant: Let's face it. "Alligator" is a terrible name for a movie. It's about an alligator, what do we call it? I got it! Alligator! That's like naming a movie about a taxi driver...
I expected complete and utter reptile piss from the getgo. Something like a Syfy original movie. It has a terrible title and it's an obvious Jaws rip off. Call me crazy but... this movie is good. I'm surprised it's not more well known.
The story is nothing groundbreaking. A baby alligator (named Ramone?) gets flushed down a toilet and survives in the sewers. The only thing it eats is rats and dogs that have been experimented on, so naturally the alligator gets giant and mean and hungry and they start finding bodies in the sewers. It's almost like a good 80s cop drama in some parts. Robert Forster does a great job. He's a Chicago cop from St. Louis with a whole back story about his partner who was shot years ago. Eventually it turns into a straight up monster movie. There's a good feeling of chaos through the whole thing once it gets rolling.
This movie is a lot of fun. I had a blast. The effects are silly at times, but nothing cringe worthy. The big problem is the size of the alligator keeps changing, but it doesn't really take me out of it. There's some good gore, but like Jaws it's not really about the gore. This is a fantastic awful horror movie.

Terrible lines: "I'm gonna go out there, find that alligator and kick his ass."

Fun Facts: While not an all-star cast, they've got a pretty good one. The pet store owner is played by Syndey Lassick of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and the chief of police Chief Clark is played by Michael Gazzo of The Godfather Part II.

Kill Count: 9
Gutchel (11:52) Eaten by alligator off camera. Gore Rating: 1
Officer Kelly (27:06) Eaten by alligator off camera. Gore Rating: 1
Kemp (34:39) Eaten by alligator. Gore Rating: 2
(1:00:35) Eaten by alligator. Gore Rating: 5
Brock (1:06:01) Eaten by alligator. Gore Rating: 6
Maid at Party (1:15:35) Eaten by alligator. Gore Rating: 7
Party Attendant (1:16:12) Eaten by alligator. Gore Rating: 7
The Mayor (1:16:44) Take a guess. If you guessed "eaten by alligator" you win. Gore Rating: 6
Slade (1:17:21) Crushed while inside car. Gore Rating: 3

Horror Film: 7.5

Entertainment: 8.5
Gore: 6
Overall Rating: 7.3