Alligator (1980)

Plot Overview

A baby alligator is flushed down the toilet and after twelve years of living in the sewers, feeding off hormone-induced rats, has grown to a monstrous size and goes on a rampage killing people left and right.


This was a surprisingly solid B-movie. It actually felt like a proper movie unlike most of these types of films. The story was nothing new, but it doesn’t try to be anything but entertaining and it succeeds. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but isn’t a comedy either.

Robert Forster plays David, a homicide detective who ends up in charge of the investigation. He does a pretty good job and is charismatic enough to lead the film effectively. His character is likable and actually someone you can root for.

The effects were surprisingly good and much better than most CGI today. I was a little disappointed at first that we only got glimpses of the alligator in a dark sewer, but then we were actually given full length shots as he rampaged about on the streets. There was not much gore, but there quite a few on-screen alligator kills which were pretty fun without going over-the-top.


I was in the mood for just a silly horror movie but it exceeded my expectations and I got a quality B-movie. A lot of fun and definitely rewatchable.

Rating: 8/10

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