Funny (and scary) monster-on-the-loose film. After a baby alligator is flushed threw the sewers, it grows massive in size, and then terrorizes the city of Chicago. Underrated horror sleeper successfully combines offbeat humor with effective scares.
The film is silly but fun at the same time, the actors are clearing having a lot of fun in the film. The relationship between the main detective & Scientist is awkward but hilarious.
As soon as the Alligator attacks they laughs start rolling in. It's trashy it's 80's & it's a monster movie what's not too like.
Robert Forster is actually quite good in the lead role, a position he found himself in only on rare occasions, and Michael V. Gazzo is a hoot as his boss. The guy always seems to be on the verge of a heart attack. Things get even more fun when Henry Silva shows up in a typically whacked-out performance as a big game hunter. It's a brief appearance, but he really livens things up.
In another bit of weirdness, the screenplay was written by John Sayles and for the most part, it transcends the material. As a writer, Sayles always has a way to make even the silliest plots credible and amusing. The other bright spot of the film are the better-then-average special effects, made at a time before computers were used for everything. It took quite a team of people to put this together, but the end result was worth it. The creature effects are quite convincing, and there are some truly amazing shots of the animal roaming the streets of Chicago.
"Alligator" was always one of my favorite films growing up, and it holds up remarkably well today. It's a ridiculous film with a goofy charm all its own, and in my book, that never goes out of style.
Been wanting to see this monster movie since it came out in 1980. I reckon back then "Alligator" seemed cool for a eight year old, but in 2014 and at the age of forty-two it´s a bit different. This is a B-monster movie with "Jaws" as the role model, but there´s still tongue-in-cheek humour and it doesn´t try to be something else from what it is, meaning it doesn´t take itself too seriously. Robert Forster is pretty ok as David Madison and it´s always a treat to see the over the top and underrated Henry Silva in this case as Col. Brock. Hardly as good as "Jaws", but still entertaining in a simple way.
oh when will we learn to not flush our pet alligators down the sewers? maybe because they'll mutate into flesh-eating killing machines
this monster flick really like to play off of the myth so much that the script is almost ridiculously laughable yet in this case it can be considered realistic
a young Robert Forster plays a pretty cool deadbeat cop with a troubled past now having to confront this monstrous reptilian
the animatronic effects for the alligator are truly convincing, you can almost tell it's not an effect half the time
there's some real character development to be had in here too
as far as creature features go this is one of the better ones