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Alligator II: The Mutation – 5


Director – Jon Hess

Cast – Joseph Bologna, Dee Wallace, Richard Lynch, Woody Brown, Holly Gagnier, Bill Daily, Steve Railsback, Brock Peters, Trevor Eyster

Release Year – 1991

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Alligator is one of my favorite horror films of the 80s and made my Top 10 Horror Films of 1980 post, so naturally I was pretty excited to checkout its sequel, Alligator II: The Mutation. I went into this piece expecting more of the same – giant alligator carnage and plenty of cheese to go with it, and to an extent that is what I received. Unfortunately this is a lesser film than its predecessor and comes with an even thinner story, but for fans of cheesy horror / Alligator this may be good enough for you given you should know what to expect.

On the eve of a small city’s biggest real estate venture yet, a rogue detective is faced with the task of stopping a giant alligator before it breaches land and puts the town on the map for the wrong reasons.

The story is as simple as it gets and the majority of it follows Det. David Hodges as he takes on the daunting task of stopping the alligator before it is provided the opportunity to chomp on thousands of people at the city’s real estate festival. Greed and deception play a strong role in the film as well, as we learn that the man behind the real estate celebration not only plans to screw the townsfolk over but is also responsible for the giant alligator after dumping his company’s chemicals in the city’s sewer. He does what he can to keep things under wraps, and that includes creating additional obstacles for our lone ranger. There is enough alligator action written into the story to keep the viewer engaged, and the action only increases when chaos ensues during the film’s final act. The dialogue won’t win the flick any awards but you should already know that going into this experience.

Director John Hess did an OK job with this piece and managed to get things mostly right where it mattered – the alligator carnage. It was great ot once again see a giant live-action alligator chomp away at its victims and use its tail to toss people 50 feet in the air. We see some decent gore but nothing crazy, and with the amount of kills provided I did not mind one bit. The acting performances are as expected, which for me are enjoyable given their cheesiness and those who know these types of films know what I am talking about. I mentioned earlier that this is definitely a step down from its predecessor, but Hess’ direction made this a bearable experience that fans of cheesy 80s flicks might find some joy in so long as they allow a little forgiveness.

Overall, Alligator II: The Mutation is a cheesier sequel to one of the genre’s best cheesy 80s films. The story is as simple as can be but allows for some enjoyable kills to good direction where it counts.

Rating: 5/10

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