Monday, February 5, 2024

Alligator Alley, Feuding Among Monster Gators

Wow!  A wild one today!  Then...the!  2013's "Alligator Alley" (aka "Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators") might do for alligator movies what "Crocodile 2: Death Swamp" did for crocodile movies.  This is an ambitious plot that gets even more ambitious.  In one of the best films ever made, we have a mutant/monster gator attack on a redneck community...then the real horror is unleashed...and then, the really really real horror is unleashed.  Make sense?  Today we look at "Alligator Alley," directed by Griff Furst.

Avery (Jordan Hinson) is back to visit her Louisiana redneck kin.  She was off at college in the big city learning sophisticated stuff and how to recycle.  Everyone in her hometown is either a Doucette, like her, or a Robichaud.  The two families have been feuding for hundreds of years. Uh oh...Avery is sweet on Dathan (John Chriss), a hunk Robichaud.  A "Romeo and Juliet" story develops.  Fortunately, the mutant gators, who have spiked tails and shoot those spikes converge and begin eating and killing.  War breaks out but the gators have an advantage.  The gators?  Well, the patriarch of the Robichaud clan, Wade (Thomas Francis Murphy) has been dumping bad moonshine in the swamp. That is what has mutated the gators.

Okay, it gets worse.  The Robichauds and Doucettes pick up their war again.  Avery's dad, Lucien (Ritchie Montgomery), and Wade are bent on murdering one another.  Lucien looks at the Robichauds as a family of werewolves.  Wade looks at the Doucettes as a family of vampires. Meanwhile, Dathan and Avery will have pre-marital sex. The gators will eat other families, some of the Robichauds, an annoying yapping dog, some Doucettes...and a sultry sheriff's deputy (Shanna Forrestall), and Trsitan Sinclair (Victor Webster) the star of "The Gator Whisperer" on Predator Planet.  We cheer when this happens.  Horrific enough? Hah!  Now the real horror begins.  What happens in the last half of this film will shock you.  Then, if you are not shocked enough...the ending.  Wow!

Will the Doucette and Robichaud families put their feud aside and fend off the gator invasion?  However bad the bad moonshine is, is it any worse than Bud Light?  Just what shocks and plot twists await the viewer in the last half of this film?  This 2013 film captured perfectly, as a metaphor, the Obama Administrations ignorance of this country's wetlands and the carnage this stupidity unleashed. For one of the best, if not the best, monster alligator film ever made, see "Alligator Alley."   

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