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The Alligator People (1959)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 16 July 1959 (USA)
A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband.

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A newlywed couple sit in a train. The husband receives a frantic telegram. He gets off at a station to make a phone call, the train pulls away without him on it, and that's the last his wife sees of him. Years later after a long search she finally tracks him down on his family's southern estate where she discovers that a failed medical treatment has turned him into an alligator mutant. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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This film was made because Twentieth Century-Fox needed a low-budget "monster movie" in the CinemaScope format to play on the bottom of a double bill with Return of the Fly (1959), the sequel to its "sleeper" hit The Fly (1958). Fox did not produce this film, however. It was made by independent producer Jack Leewood and bought by Fox. See more »

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When Joyce finally corners Paul in this mother's house, he runs out into the night and she runs out after him, wearing high-heeled shoes. Then she is shown struggling through the swamp and her shoes have changed to tennis shoes. See more »

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Manon: I'll kill you Alligator Man! Just like I'd kill any four-legged gator!
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Not what you expect, but not that bad
19 July 1999 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

OK, first off, if you have ever seen any 1950s or 1960s sci-fi films, then you should know that titles can be misleading and rarely live up to what the audience expects in their mind. This one has very little monster footage (and most of it is ridiculous!), but Beverly Garland and Lon Chaney, Jr. are always a pleasure on screen. Beverly Garland's husband runs away on their wedding night and is never found. She goes to investigate at his Louisiana childhood home and finds resentment from his mother, a secret that no one will tell here, and a strange hooked drunk, played by Chaney. A lot of this movie is built on acting, which most of the time isn't very good. Frieda Inescort as Beverly's mother-in-law, George McReady as the "mad doctor", and Bruce Bennett as Beverly's husband are all wooden, which is unfortunate. That leaves Beverly and Chaney to save the movie, which they almost do. The alligator is laughable rubber, which ruins the entire ending of the film in what could have been a powerful sci-fi drama. But it all goes down the crapper in the end. I would recommend it to Beverly Garland and Lon Chaney, Jr. fans only.


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