As if one was not enough, the people behind the original Alligator movie waited over a decade before they returned with a sequel. Of course, I jest because I love this movie just as much as I enjoyed the original, maybe even more. What makes a sequel to a questionable creature feature so good? How awesomely bad it is, of course.

Alligator II: The Mutation is a movie that doesn’t know what it wants to be. It is a gritty look at race relations, a cop drama complete with a stereotypical mobster real estate developer, and, oh yeah, a giant Alligator. Though some of the elements don’t seem to fit, I like that the movie isn’t just about chasing after a massive reptile.

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The movie takes place in a city called Regent Park which seems to be one of those movie cities which grows and shrinks in size to fit the scenario of the scene. A ruthless businessman played by perpetual bad guy Steve Railsback. His new housing development is being stopped in its tracks by locals refusing to move, and he will stop at nothing to get them out. It also turns out that his company is dumping chemicals in the sewers that have made a tiny alligator turn into a massive man-eater.

A hard-nosed cop that goes by the nickname El Lobo played by Joseph Bologna is tasked with dealing with the looming threats of a nefarious businessman and the massive reptile that is making snacks out of his community. Of course, there is the classic creature feature trope that no one believes there is a giant alligator terrorizing the city until it shows up at a carnival for the whole town to see.

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Alligator II: The Mutation is basically your run-of-the-mill creature feature with surprisingly above-par actors. The entire movie screams of the early nineties, and it shows in everything from the clothes to the effects that were used to bring the giant alligator to the screen. It is not the best alligator/crocodile movie you are ever going to come by, but I feel like it needs to be part of a criterion collection for the true creature feature fans. Unfortunately, this movie and its predecessor are incredibly hard to find especially in the U.S.