A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.
After witnessing his parents being killed by creatures on an island as a child, a young man is brought back to the island a few years later by his psychiatrist, only to be terrorized by the same creatures.
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
Michael Brooke <email@example.com>
Before crappy films like Lake Placid took the idea of a giant crocodile, Alligator came out in 1980, in which Richard Corliss of Time Magazine placed it on his top ten list. Alligator takes place in Chicago, in which a giant alligator that was flushed down in the toilet by a little girl's father, years later it terrorizes the city going on a rampage for anything it sees. Robert Forester who plays the city cop is the only one to stop it. Nobody else seems to know how to kill the animal except him and the female doctor. There's not that many stars that come on this movie except for Henry Silva who has a brief cameo as a alligator expert. None the less this is a fun popcorn movie to watch from beginning to end.
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