Thursday, January 10, 2008

Gator Update (Gator People Edition)

Broward-Palm Beach - News - The Gator People!: "In the 1959 movie Alligator People, set in an unnamed Southern wetland that will look familiar to South Floridians, Mrs. Webster, a newlywed, loses her husband. But he's not gone. Mad scientists have turned handsome Paul Webster into a mutant alligator that slithers through swamps, wreaking B-movie havoc. It's the stuff of cheap melodrama — with one caveat:

Alligator people really do inhabit our swamps. They speak gator language, swap gator tales, and collect gator memorabilia. They cook gator chili and barbecue gator ribs. And they keep gators, enormous scaled pets with names such as Rusty, Godzilla, and Rambo, with whom they've developed a deep-swamp symbiosis."


  1. Wow, this brings back memories. "The Alligator People" (on a double bill with "Return of the Fly") was one of the first movies I saw in the theater as a nipper. I seem to recall that, in the terminal stage of changing from man to gator, Richard Crane retained a human body but had a rather unconvincing (even for us 9-year-old kids in the audience)gator head. But the makeup in an earlier stage of change, where he still had human features but scaly skin, was actually pretty good and spooky. Nowadays, he'd be on one of these TLC or Discovery documentaries about ghastly medical afflictions.

  2. Just the other day I was talking via e-mail to someone about Beverly Garland. She's been in a ton of TV shows and a lot of movies, including some pretty bad horror films, including The Alligator People, which is, of course, a personal favorite.

  3. gomer5:00 PM

    You know, I often wonder, because i have apparently a hell of a lot of free time that I really should take a real good look at, I often wonder how long the entry on your blog will be the day Paris Hilton involves herself with alligators.

  4. I long for that to happen.