The Great Alligator (1979) - Horror

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Tourists on a tropical island anger an island god, who turns himself into a giant alligator and stalks them.

IMDB: 4.6
Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Barbara Bach, Claudio Cassinelli
Length: 89 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 8 out of 28 found boring (28.57%)

One-line Reviews (22)

It's the least of Martino's jungle trilogy, with tired looking set-pieces (there's only so many times the same personnel can stage a human sacrifice and make it gripping), and extras in grass skirts courtesy of Bollywood rentals incorporated.

And if you're interested in other movies made by director Sergio Martino, then I strongly recommend the highly entertaining 2019: AFTER THE FALL OF NEW YORK.

That is put on display nicely with the standout attacks here, from the night-time ambush on the couple in the water sneaking off together while being overlaid by the tribal ceremony which makes for a wild sequence, the failed strike on the guests underwater which is stopped by the protective nets and the frantic attack on the group coming back to camp where its strikes are quite enjoyable.

With miniatures doing the work of the special effects department (thanks to Carlo De Marcels for lending his kids' toys) and the dim hope of redemption in Johnson's appearance confined to a pointless five-minute cameo, there's not a great deal to recommend "The Great Alligator".

The Great Alligator goes on a boring munchfest, eating more innocent natives than guilty white people and requiring that soaking wet and barely dressed shapely women be tied to rafts and offered as a sacrifice.

This movie is one of the worst movies I have seen.

It's all silly and pointless.

There's also a lot of pointless inter-cut shots of the local wildlife.

The most entertaining (and at the same time funny) scene is when Alice and Daniel drive a van over a bridge and it collapses.

Solid and far more enjoyable creature feature than expected .

Terrible - don't waste your time!.

Filmed in beautiful Sri Lanka, The Great Alligator otherwise known as Alligators otherwise known as Big Alligator River has featured in several worst movies ever made lists.

Overall, "The Great Alligator" is a fun watch, boasting a high body count, beautiful scenery and entertaining minor characters.

Boring and dumb with special effects brought to you by---a Special Ed class.

On the positive side, The Big Alligator River has one of the best, most enjoyable set-pieces I've seen in a while.

This here was a fun and rousing creature feature.

It lacks the finesse of "Jaws" and the amusement of "Piranha," but it has more pizazz than the bland "Grizzly.

Waste of time and definitely not worth buying for the $15+ sticker price from No Shame.

I nearly fell asleep with this one.

I may sound dismissive of this gem, but in actual fact I quite enjoyed it.

Not only is it wholly unoriginal, liberally pilfering ideas from Spielberg's film, but it's also extremely boring, a shame, because director Sergio Martino can usually be relied upon to deliver a reasonably entertaining time.

One of the better features here is the enjoyable over-the-top preparations shown here for what the resort has to go through in order to stay in business.