Alligator II: The Mutation is a 1991 horror film directed by Jon Hess. The movie is a sequel to the 1980 film Alligator. The plot revolves around a giant alligator running amok in a small town after escaping from a clandestine laboratory where it was subjected to experimental growth treatments.
The movie begins with the alligator being flushed down the toilet as a baby and ending up in the city’s sewer system. Over time, it grows to an enormous size due to exposure to experimental growth hormones that have been dumped into the sewer by a nefarious corporation.
The movie Alligator II: The Mutation then shifts focus to Detective David Hodges, who is investigating a series of gruesome deaths in the city. He soon discovers that they are the work of the giant alligator. Despite his warnings, the city officials refuse to believe him and go ahead with a big festival which the alligator attacks, causing mayhem.
In the climax of Alligator II: The Mutation, Hodges and his team lure the alligator into a trap and manage to kill it, saving the city from further destruction.
- Joseph Bologna as David Hodges
- Dee Wallace as Christine Hodges
- Richard Lynch as Vincent Brown
- Woody Brown as Rich Harmon
- Holly Gagnier as Sheri Anderson
Despite being a sequel, Alligator II: The Mutation does not have any narrative connection to the first Alligator movie. The film was shot in Los Angeles, California.
A review by Talking Pulp describes the movie as “formulaic and routine on all levels” . A review by Moria Reviews describes the movie as “a solid follow-up to a classic nature run amok title” . A review by Horror Society describes the movie as “enjoyable for at least one viewing but it doesn’t have that special kick to the gut that makes it stand out or become your new favorite film” .
1: “Alligator II: The Mutation (1990) – Trivia – IMDb”. Retrieved 21 October 2023.
2: “Film Review: Alligator II: The Mutation (1991)”. Talking Pulp. Retrieved 21 October 2023.