A very tongue-in-cheek take on the Jaws-style “when animals attack” motif, Alligator begins with a pet baby alligator flushed down the toilet.
Living in the sewers of Chicago, it feeds on the carcasses of growth hormone-soaked dogs from a research laboratory, then starts snacking on humans. As bodies start to stack up, balding but virile police officer David Madison (Robert Forster) is brought on the case, but he’s known as bad luck and has a hard time being taken seriously. The gator breaks out of the sewer and wreaks havoc on the city, chomping on folks in increasingly hilarious ways. Penned by John Sayles, Alligator had some critics championing its wit and satirizing of the genre.
Director: Lewis Teague. 91 min. 1980. 35mm.
Part of the Rip-Off Cinema series.
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