Monday, July 11, 2011

Skin deep: The Alligator People(1959)

I just finished watching the 1959, Twentieth Century Fox produced film The Alligator People. My expectations regarding this film were admittedly muted but I was pleasantly surprised at this black and white horror oldie. Beverly Garland looks great as the distressed wife looking for her missing husband in and around an isolated plantation located in a remote and swampy region of Louisiana. Turns out this plantation is also the home of a scientist conducting dangerous experiments on humans and gators.

Lon Chaney, Jr. is creepy as the local bayou drunkard and hell raising ruffian who harbors a justifiable grudge against alligators. Finally there are the "alligator people", victims suffering horrific physical injuries who are the recipients of injections from the plantation's scientist, a seemingly affable fellow who promises them the drug will heal their injuries. Eventually the side effects kick in on these victims causing them to begin transforming into, you guessed it, alligators. The special effects are serviceable(for the time) but I liked the build up of suspense, the presence of veteran horror movie actor Lon Chaney, Jr and the nice 2:35.1 widescreen aspect ratio of the film. The DVD of this movie is a must for any fan of classic horror movies. To see this movie for sale on DVD click the DVD cover art image above. The film's trailer: