ALLIGATOR (1980 U.S.) D: LEWIS TEAGUE W: JOHN SAYLES/FRANK RAY PERILLI P: BRANDON CHASE
Robert Forster stars in this superior monster movie. A baby alligator is flushed down the toilet and grows up in the Chicago city sewer system. Due to a diet of dead dogs injected with an experimental growth hormone, dumped by an illegal vivisection laboratory, it's mutated to giant size. Soon chewed-up limbs start appearing at sewage plants and the city is terrorised when it goes overground. Henry Silva is a great white hunter hired to track it down. He enlists the help of black "native" guys to show him around the city. This and other little satirical ideas (probably all Sayles') make it seem like a Larry Cohen movie. With Robin Riker, Michael Gazzo, Dean Jagger, Sidney Lassick, Jack Carter, Perry Lang and director Dick Richards. Great fun. A sequel followed years later.

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