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Halloween Horror Countdown 2009 Day 1 October 2, 2009

Posted by vorpalkeith in Uncategorized.
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The Alligator People
Directed by Roy Del Ruth

Who knew that shooting someone in the face with gamma rays was a good idea for a medical procedure? The legislators currently working on healthcare reform could learn a lot from this movie.

The plot is pretty simple to break down. A scientist attempts to create a super cure by injecting people with alligator hormones, until, in a shocking twist, they become . . . wait for it . . . Alligator People!

There’s also a weird framing device used wherein they are dealing with suppressed memories, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the story really.

This film has everything you could expect from a bad black and white horror film. A drunken hook-handed man, bad science, cheap rubber suits, casual racism, gaping plot holes, screaming ladies with always perfectly maintained hair, a mad scientist, um, Lon Chaney.

It was good to see that the tradition of horror film stupidity started early. Immediate upon seeing a box clearly labeled “DANGER RADIOACTIVE” what does our protagonist do? That’s right, she sits on it.


I give it one spooky pumpkin out of five.



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