is a 1980 monster movie
, directed by Lewis Teague
with a screenplay by John Sayles
. It stars Robert Forster
, Robin Riker
, and Michael V. Gazzo
. It follows the attempts of a police officer named David Madison and a reptile expert named Marisa Kendall to stop a deadly giant alligator that is killing humans in the sewers of Chicago.
The film received praise from critics for its intentional satirizing and, in 1991, an apparent sequel was released, titled The Mutation
. Despite the title, this film shared no characters or actors with the original, and the plot was essentially a retread of the first film.
A teenage girl purchases a baby alligator
while on vacation with her family at a tourist trap
. After the family returns home to Chicago
, the alligator, named Ramón by the girl, is promptly flushed down the family's toilet by her surly, animal-phobic father and ends up in the city's sewers
. Twelve years go by, during which the alligator not only survives, but eventually feeds on covertly discarded pet corpses that are spiked with an experimental growth formula, causing it to grow into a -long behemoth
with an almost impenetrable hide.
The alligator begins picking off humans in the sewer, and the resulting flow of body parts draws in world-weary police officer David Madison who, after a horribly botched case in St. Louis
, has gained a reputation for being lethally unlucky for his assigned partners. As David works on this new case,... Read More