Day 05 - Your favorite monster movie –
The urban legend is true. See what happens when you dump a perfectly good baby alligator into a public sewer system via toilet. The alligator will come and find you, and it will do so to some pretty great Jaws knock off music. Furthermore Robert Forster will come to play good cop/bad cop with Robin Riker right before your very eyes. Also, Michael Gazzo of Godfather 2 fame will show up playing Robert Forster’s boss and will take Robert Forster’s gun in an undue dispensing of injustice.
Basically what I’m trying to say is that we have a lot of top quality actors in a very B movie that turns out to work so well that it made my favorite list. The alligator is gigantic (can hold a man in its mouth and shake him like a dog shakes a chew toy). It’s got late 70’s grit/cop drama with a giant alligator written all over it. When an alligator gets flushed down a toilet it will eat your city. Plot summarized enough for ya?
I think there’s obvious reasons to love this picture besides the “star studded” cast. There’s this great little scene where this guy claims to have performed all the murders for which the alligator is responsible. He barges into a police station with a chest full of dynamite and a clock radio. Priceless. He even sings a little wacky song that to this day makes me giggle. Clearly insane. Clearly on drugs. It’s this kind of comedy relief that pictures just don’t take into consideration when building big budgets for effects and actors.
Then we have Colonel Brock, a big game hunter come to take care of the alligator problem. He’s dressed in true safari gear and obviously wants to play the hero more than he wants to get his gator. Best scene by far (beyond the alligator terrorizing this small community) is Col. Brock’s attempt to hit on a female reporter interviewing him. This guy actually uses alligator hump sounds to try and attract his would-be prey… I mean the savvy reporter. This guy deserves to get eaten. He hires some local street kids to try and catch the beast and then makes himself gator lunch. There has rarely been a more justified killing in the history of horror.
Do Not Eat the Person Next to You! (get your tickets now)
I first saw this picture during Creature Feature Week alongside some classics (The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, Giant Spider Invasion, Godzilla 1985, Dracula’s Great Love to name a few). I wish I could go back and show you the advertising that prepared me for this picture. I wish I could have seen it on the big screen… AND I ACTUALLY WILL!!! The Hudson Horror Show III will be putting this one on display. I could do the whole movie’s dialogue, soundtrack and effects reel. I can’t wait to be a part of a crowd that gets to clap along with this classic.
The ending is classic… It’s the… “CIRCLE OF LIIIIIIIIFE…” yada yada yada… Elton John wins against mother nature this time folks. Baby alligator numero dos comin’ at you. I know there’s a sequel, but I’ve never been compelled to watch it. If Robin Riker is playing with Forster’s bald spot I can’t afford to miss it.
This picture is formative for me people. Formative!