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Alligator II: The Mutation
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by Jack Sommersby

"Another Case of Sequelitis"
1 stars

Two ten-year-olds with a Super 8 and $50 between them could make something more admirable than this rock-bottom crock.

Alligator II: The Mutation is an abomination of a sequel that's as irredeemably awful as the 1980 original was sensationally entertaining. Where before the formidable talents of actor Robert Forster, writer John Sayles, director Lewis Teague were involved, here we're stuck with untalented moviemakers and an underwhelming cast flailing about in a badly written horror picture that's about as frightening as a fly on a drinking glass. Not wishing to venture into new territory of its own, the movie recycles bits from the original and tries passing itself as something other than a shopworn imitation, and even those who haven't seen the original will spot its tired familiarities, which is to be expected in that the original wittily mocked a good many of these inherent in the genre. Instead of a baby alligator being exposed to experimental hormonal-growth chemicals in the city sewer where the pharmaceutical company dumped its test subjects and grew to monstrous size, here we have an alligator mutated into equally formidable size due to chemical waste illegally dumped into a small city's sewer by the remorseless businessman Vincent Brown (an atrocious Steve Railsback). But where Alligator was a superlative mix of suspense and humor, Alligator II is boring and lackadaisical -- you can time a dozen eggs during its dull taking-heads scenes that stall out whatever momentum the movie tries to work up. Joseph Bologna stars as the hero, police lieutenant David Hodges, who becomes obsessed with solving the disappearances of residents in a low-income lakefront property about to be acquired by Brown and turned into expensive condominiums; Hodges has longtime ties to the community, and its non-wealthy citizens put their trust in him to get to the bottom of things. The culprit behind the disappearances is of course the alligator, and eventually Hodges is left trying to persuade his superiors that it's a thing rather than person responsible, but to no avail; and rather than the second half delivering the tension-filled goods, the alligator, which never seems larger than normal size due to the poor special effects, is used only sporadically. The original also had a low budget, but Teague, who started his career under B-movie king Roger Corman, knew how to work around that; unfortunately, in this case the director, John Hess, who helmed the awful Dean R. Koontz adaptation Watchers, proves yet again he's a complete incompetent -- just look at the abysmally staged action sequences and you know in your hands of someone who would've been better off selling vacuums door to door. And Bologna, an honorable actor who was effective in supporting roles in Chapter Two and My Favorite Year, hasn't the variety and charisma to sustain a leading-man performance. With its dire shortage of scares and not nearly enough violence to appease gorehounds, it's the movie, rather than its title creature, that belongs in the sewer.

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3/19/14 Kpnszcso Now japan that I don't want to do, the Downtown Collective on South Hill St. Yes 3 times To 5 stars
3/16/14 Deez Nutz Probably the best film ever made 5 stars
3/10/14 Charles Tatum A bad idea followed through 1 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist This was on as I typed this, & its just as perposterous as the 1st, if not worse!! 2 stars
11/26/05 cr a ok monster flick, l like cheesie movies with little class 3 stars
1/17/04 J Just Kill it with bazooka is that so hard!!! 3 stars
4/04/01 Andrew Carden Silly, but unpreditable and surprising. Only for the desperate. 3 stars
10/22/00 Joanna this is the worst-done bad horror movie i have ever seen, thus making it the FUNNIEST 5 stars
3/10/00 David Rogers Didn't have the Godzilla feel like the first, and what was up with THE MUTATION! 3 stars
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  02-Jun-1991 (PG-13)



Directed by
  Jon Hess

Written by
  Curt Allen

  Joseph Bologna
  Dee Wallace-Stone
  Richard Lynch
  Woody Brown
  Steve Railsback

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