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Alligator People [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQL8K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
The Alligator People is more of a mild hoot, than a horror film. One of the grade C-flicks, not good enough to be a B-Drive In film! Still, it's a delight to people who love old B&W horror films. This film must be loaded with more phobias and prejudices per square inch than any other horror film of the period, yet instead of insulting people (too much, lol) it all gels into one great time.
Two doctors are talking at the start of the film, and one is telling he has just heard a story under hypnosis that he can scarcely credit. Jane (Beverly Garland), his receptionist, recounts the tale, which the doctor plays for his colleague. Jane had married a man from the Southern US, and while on their honeymoon, they were sitting on a train. He receives a frantic telegram, gets off at the station to place a telephone call, only to have the train pull off with his waiting Bride. The Bride gets off at the next stop and tries to find her groom, but he has vanished.
After years of searching, she finally tracks down the ancestral home of his family. His domineering mother does not welcome Jane, but Jane won't go away without answers to her questions. At times, as Jane prowls the bayous the movie is quite hauntingly lensed. However, dialog is stilted, frustrating, rushed, the acting is OTT or so understated it borders on laconic, and the special effects, well, as I said are grade C. Toss in the great Lon Chaney as a drunken lecherous redneck swamp-rat, a perfect bizarre touch to one strange film that seems to succeed in spite of itself!
Great fun for a cold rainy autumn night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've always known about this film, but never seen it before purchasing this DVD. First things first.. An excellent Anamorphic widescreen scope transfer, mint condition, sound and picture, and a price anyone can afford. There are even a couple of trailers thrown in for other Fox Horrors. I have to be frank, I loved this awful film. The story/plot is bonkers (It's covered well by the 2 other excellent reviews by by S.Andrews and D. McGillivray (any relation to David?). The acting very variable, from the terrible by Frieda Inescort, to the dull by Bruce Bennett and Doug Kennedy (2 days work, boys?), to the professional as always George Macready ("Do I have to do this"?), and the wonderful OTT dirty, lecherous, violent Lon Chaney Jnr. Oh...Beverley Garland! Yes, one of my favourite "B" actresses in the lead top billed role. She does her best with the script and her scenes in the nightime rainswept swamp are pretty powerful. Some halfway decent shocks and pacey direction from Roy Del Ruth, and the clear print make this potential turkey fun to watch. Don't analyse...Enjoy.
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Produced for, but not by 20th Century Fox because they need a low-budget horror film to go on the bottom half of a double-bill with Return of the Fly, 1959's The Alligator People boasts CinemaScope and rather better production values than the average 50s creature feature and has a more ingenious than usual motive/explanation for its hero's affliction. Unfortunately it's also rather dull and talky, dragging things out until we see just why newlywed Richard Crane left wife Beverly Garland on the train en route to their honeymoon, leaving her to spend months tracking him down to a house in the bayous. Naturally it's a troubled house, what with Frieda Inescort's hostile matriarch, Lon Chaney Jr.'s hook-handed drunk foreman who likes taking pot-shots at gators and attempting to rape any damsels he rescues from distress and George Macready's oh-so-polite swamp doctor.

For the most part it's rather more dignified than many of its brethren, but it's not without moments of silliness, from the hired help leaving gator cages open without any unfortunate consequences, its heroine casually sitting down on a box marked `Caution - Radioactive Material' and the final makeup when Crane goes full gator. A minor monster movie but certainly passable supporting feature fare, though it's sad to see more than capable former Warner Bros. and MGM contract director Roy Del Ruth nearing the end of his career with this sort of thing after a lifetime of popular hits with the A-list likes of James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Gene Kelly and Doris Day.

The US DVD offers a good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer with the original theatrical trailer, but the film's still more two-and-a-half stars than three at best.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Andrews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 May 2011
Format: DVD
'The Alligator People' is a film rarely seen in the UK - for most of us, our only familiarity with it is a single still reproduced in Dennis Gifford's 1973 book 'A Pictorial History of Horror Movies', which was the most frequently reprinted chronology of the genre in the UK (staying in print up until the mid eighties at least). In short, if you've ever seen the famous 'Star Trek' episode entitled "Arena" (which features James T. Kirk up against a guy in a rubber suit with the head of a carnivorous dinosaur) and loved it, then you'll really get off on 'The Alligator People'.

Although it is relatively obscure, this is not exactly grade Z stuff, but it is solid - if not gold standard - b movie fare. It's short, black and white, competent up to a point and highly amusing. What distinguishes it from truly bad SF/Horror of the same vintage is that it's not a tedious narrative, although it can hardly be called pacy. So if you love the true classics of the era (such as 'Creature From The Black Lagoon', 'The Incredible Shrinking Man' and 'Forbidden Planet'), this won't bore you - you'll have fun with it. Possibly the best comparison is to say it's weaker than 'I Married A Monster From Outer Space', but still worth seeing.
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