Hey there Los Angeles Fright fans!
Time for another Friday Night Frights! (like us on Facebook!)
I’ve waxed previously on the greatness of Alligator. So my co-host Sebastian O’Brien and I are extremely pumped to be presenting one of the greatest killer animal creature features of all time this Friday at midnight at The Cinefamily (@the Silent Movie Theater).
Here is the lowdown:
If the animal attack genre has a Holy Trinity — then Jaws is God, Orca is Christ and Alligator is the Holy Ghost. This masterwork (scripted by John Sayles!) takes the urban myth of the “alligator flushed into the sewer” and follows it to its natural payoff — namely, a giant alligator rampaging through Chicago. But what makes this film stand tall among its peers is a central performance by Robert Forster as the down-on-his-luck-cop-obsessed-with-his-hair-loss who just so happens to be the guy to go mano-y-gator with the scaly antagonist. Director Lewis Teague shows some real ingenuity in making the real-life gator look huge; it’s the kind of clever trickery that is so sorely lacking in today’s era of crummy CGI SyFy Channel creature quickies. Best of all, Alligator’s chock full of rampaging fun — there’s a scene involving a child and a swimming pool that you won’t soon forget — and a heartfelt sincerity that elevates it to the status of timeless creature classic. Later, Alligator!
Dir. Lewis Teague, 1980, 35mm, 89 min.
For theater info or ticket purchases go here.
As always I am giving away some free tickets (each with a +1) as well as a reserved couch for the first place winner. To enter all you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ALLIGATOR in the subject line and tell me the worst killer animal movie you’ve ever seen. Include your full name. I will only be contacting the winners.