Alligator (1980) [4/5]

IT LIVES 50 FEET BENEATH THE CITY. IT'S 36 FEET LONG. IT WEIGHS 2,000 POUNDS...AND IT'S ABOUT TO BREAK OUT!

A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded lab rats, injected with growth hormones. The now gigantic animal, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage, pursued by a cop and a big-game hunter.

I love that John Sayles co-wrote the script to this movie...that's funking awesome and justifies why the screenplay is actually pretty damn good and, as other reviewers have mentioned, contains a fair share of social commentary. I knew that he had written the scripts for Piranha and The Howling, but the fact that Sayles had written a film about an enormous homicidal alligator that I'm just finding out about? Shame on me, I suppose.

You gotta love a horror film that doesn't take itself too seriously. This is practically a horror comedy with its goofy characters and no attempt to ground itself in reality, but it pulls off making fun of its own genre with ease and never-ending entertainment. Also, the special effects are killer (pun intended). I'd watch this over any contemporary movie about a murderous alligator...not that I've seen all that many, haha. This is now a creature feature classic, in my eyes. Check it out! Oh, and Robert Forster is m'lord.

-Eli Hayes