There's always a hint of truth in these urban legends. Alligators being flushed down toilets and living in the sewers causing havoc for city workers and clogging up the pipes, but if you really think about it, wouldn't that almost solve the rat problem?
I'm surprised that Hollywood hasn't really done much with the whole urban myth subject. Sure, there is this movie (Alligator), Slenderman, and a few others, but it's a topic that hasn't really been exploited.
They should start with remaking this movie. At least SyFy network isn't letting us down with movies like SuperGator, MegaPython Vs Gatoroid, and Alligator Alley. Why can't Hollywood make a mainstream medium budget remake of the original.
What can be better than a 36 foot long alligator that roams the city's sewers like Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers, attacking people, with what seems to be a murderous purpose (there's a good band name right there). Maybe the alligator is looking to take out its revenge on the family that dropped it in the toilet? Maybe it's just seeking justice on town that killed his family. Who knows.
If you've seen the movie, you know that it's about a slow moving eating machine on a rampage through the big city, attacking everyone and everything in site, because it can. Apparently, the slow moving alligator is just lulling these people that it attacks into a false sense of security, until it can get close enough to eat them.
I can remember seeing the box cover of this movie, every time we went into the video store. If you're my age, you'll remember the non-Blockbuster or non-Hollywood Video type store, the mom and pop stores where you could rent movies for 99 cents. I would always go over to the horror section to see what they had other than the Friday the 13th's and the Halloweens.
This is the cover that always stuck out. The alligator picture was so menacing and awesome. Look at it. The old time brick sewer, the raging water and the massive alligator that looks like it's going to really do some damage. That mouth, lined with dagger like teeth. This is box cover marketing 101.
If you're in the mood for some cheezy, bad horror. I highly recommend this movie to you. Hell, get the poster, it's at least as good or better than watching the movie.
R | 1h 31min | Horror | 2 July 1980 (USA)
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.
Director: Lewis Teague
Writers: John Sayles (screenplay), John Sayles (story)
Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo