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Ramon the alligator is flushed down the toilet as a baby and grows into a gargantuan monster by eating the corpses of laboratory animals who have undergone dubious hormone experiments, thus providing all the ecological and social subtext that one could possibly wish for, even if one doesn't normally go for films about giant alligators eating people left, right, and center--which is the inevitable and tragic result of Ramon's decision that the outside world looks rather more interesting than the sewers.... Written by
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Robert Forster before "Jackie Brown", John Sayles before "Lone Star", and other stuff
Fun, satirical horror flick reminding us of the dangers of flushing our aquatic pets down the toilet. In this case, a flushed alligator ends up in the sewer, where he gets exposed to a chemical and grows to behemoth size and moves above ground to look for people too stupid to pay attention to their surroundings. When will these dopey characters ever learn?! What I noticed when watching the movie was the presence of Robert Forster some years after "Medium Cool" and many years before "Jackie Brown". I guess that he had to do something in between. And it may be surprising that John Sayles was involved with these sorts of movies early in his career, but I consider it perfectly justified; there were far worse movies with which he could have been involved.
Anyway, it's a nice way to pass time. The sequel was lower but not dreadfully terrible.
I wonder whether or not Sue Lyon (the ABC/NBC reporter) was the same Sue Lyon who played Lolita.
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