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The Big Alligator River

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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In the tradition the classic "animal revenge" movies JAWS, PIRANHA and ANACONDA comes Sergio Martino’s THE BIG ALLIGATOR RIVER, a blood-soaked tale of greed, Third World exploitation and karmic comeuppance starring Barbara Bach (BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANDULA, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME) and Claudio Cassinelli (WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS?, KILLER COP).

Vampire bats and cobras aren’t the only sentient creatures disturbed by blasting in the steamy jungles of Southeast Asia. When construction for an exclusive Club Med-style resort encroaches onto territory that the Kuma natives hold sacred, their alligator god Kroona takes it personally.

Another collaboration between director Sergio Martino and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi, the creative team behind such seminal Italian gialli as THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH, TORSO and ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, this paradise-set eco-nightmare boasts lush locations and an extremely high body count.

Also in the cast are distinguished stage and screen actors Mel Ferrer (BLOOD AND ROSES, CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD) and Richard Johnson (THE HAUNTING, ZOMBIE), as well as Italian players Bobby Rhodes (DEMONS, DEMONS 2), Romano Puppo (STREET LAW, THE LAST SHARK) and child actress Sylvia Collatina (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, MURDEROCK). Who lives… who dies… only Kroona knows!

NoShame Films is proud to present THE BIG ALLIGATOR RIVER in its original aspect ration, remastered in 16x9 from the original negative, uncut and uncensored for the first time on DVD in America


Special Features

  • In the Croc's Nest -interviews with director Sergio Martino and production designer Antonello Geleng
  • Original Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Collectible Booklet with essay on animals=B9 revenge movies, liner notes and talent bios

Product Details

  • Actors: Barbara Bach, Claudio Cassinelli, Mel Ferrer, Romano Puppo, Fabrizia Castagnoli
  • Directors: Sergio Martino
  • Writers: Sergio Martino, Cesare Frugoni, Ernesto Gastaldi, George Eastman, Mara Maryl
  • Producers: Luciano Martino
  • Format: Color, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Noshame
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big Alligator River" on IMDb

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As with every boxoffice success, spawned a cycle of ripoffs. For a while it seemed that every tough-guy animal actor who owned a bathing suit had landed an agent. There was Orca: The Killer Whale (1977), Tentacles (1977), Barracuda (1978), Piranha (1978), Alligator (1981), and The Great Alligator, before the cycle petered out with Crocodile (1986) and The Evil Below (1989).

The Evil Below and The Great Alligator (aka Alligator, Big Alligator River) are my favorites. Evil Below is noteworthy for its unusual mix of demonism and undersea horror. A Caribbean treasure hunt thriller with borrowings from Satan's Triangle and Jaws.

But The Great Alligator is better still. Cheesy, shamelessly derivative, stunningly stupid, and enormously enjoyable. In other words, your typical low-budget Italian ripoff.

You already know the plot. You've seen it before. Here it is again: A greedy white businessman (Mel Ferrer) opens an ostentatious hotel in a third world jungle. His timing is awful. Something in the river has begun killing people.
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I've always like movies about creatures in the water be it Jaws, Leviathan or even Deep Rising. The idea of a big monster coming out of the water is a bit more acceptable than a creature from outer space. Big alligator/crocodile movies have always been a personal favorite of mine. After all, gators and crocs are the closest things we got to dinosaurs, and they're pretty damn scary. The second reviewer down gives the best play by play of this film. I'd have to recommend this movie more to Italian horror fans looking to check out everything there is rather than the average Lake Placid fan. Gore is minimal however as is skin. The gator looks rather phony(especially in underwater scenes when it attacks boats. It looks like a rubber bath toy being hurled at a toy boat), but that's all part of the fun. Silly looking phony alligators chomping down on folks are much more fun than cgi ones. There's really no reason why someone should like this film, but it has something I can't quite put my finger on that makes it a rather enjoyable 90 minutes. The ending's a hoot coz it brings to mind the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy kills the witch and the Winkies praise her("She's dead! You killed her! Hail to Dorothy! The Wicked Witch is dead!!"). Luckily I found this sucker for a good price(I even had the store hold it for me till next paycheck. I swear they snickered when I asked them to before they filed it away). I'd suggest buying it only if you're swimming in cash or find it decently priced. Hey, this is my 500th review!
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I so wanted this movie to be great. Or even good. But it's neither. In fact, it borders on being down right bad. Stiff acting, tired premise, laughable special effects. I give it two and a half stars, though, because it did magage to hold my interest.
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