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.
Michael V. Gazzo
After a military plane crash near a small American town, a giant man-eating snake sets off on a killing spree. The locals must find a way to eliminate the snake, with the help of a scientist who knows about the snake and terminates it.
Casper Van Dien
Let me state right off the bat to all fans out there that I did not like the original 1980 film "Alligator." As a matter of fact, I did not like it at all. I rarely use this word beginning with an H, but I *hated* the first "Alligator." To some, it's a funny creature feature satire. To me, it was a total bore and that's too bad for me, because I love the creature feature genre and was really looking forward to that film, which has gone on to become sort of a cult classic.
Anyway, enough about the first movie. If you want to know why I detested it, see my review for it. We're here to talk about its 1991 sequel unimaginatively titled "Alligator II: The Mutation." And it's even more unimaginative than its already unimaginative predecessor. It's an even more typical sewer alligator picture. Now keep in mind, I have not seen this movie in ages and I have no desire to see it again. What I do remember of "Alligator II" was that it was a complete bore with special effects that were barely more competent than the movie that preceded it by eleven years.
The plot was something like "Jaws" set on a lakeside. There's a carnival going on by the shores of some urban body of water. A detective (Joseph Bologna) becomes convinced there's a killer alligator loose in the water, but a greedy businessman is determined to keep the attractions open nonetheless. Anyway, boaters and swimmers decide to go for a dip or ride in the water and are never seen again and then finally...
I must stress the word "finally" because "Alligator II" is a really tough film to sit through. It's not particularly gruesome; it's just a complete bore partially because it's so predictable. What also gets a kick out of me is how people panic at this gator because it's moving so slowly through the water when pursuing them. When out of the water and lumbering around, it is more agile and quick. And to conclude just how tasteless and dull this movie is, I reflect upon its ending which is just another rip-off of the hair-raising climax of "Jaws" and just proves just how great that Steven Spielberg picture was.
I thought the first "Alligator" was a very bad movie, but it does outshine its sequel.
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