YMMV / Alligator

  • Nightmare Fuel: Comes to the line and may be lost due to its cheesiness. But there is one genuine scene that will bring you nightmares: It's night and some kids were trying to play pirate by blindfolding one kid and trying to toss him to the pool. Little did the kids know that Ramon has already taken residence in the pool. The blindfolded kid opened the blindfold a bit, saw Ramon, and was screaming in terror, but was pushed anyway because they thought he's just being chicken, and Ramon ate him. And no, it's not Kids Are Cruel. Once the pushers realize what's going on, their sheer look of horror counts as one on the realization they just accidentally murdered their friend by feeding him to Ramon. So yes, it's not just 'alligator-ate-kid-in-a-pool', but the thought of a prank leading to an accidentally brutal murder would be the stuff of nightmares for kids. And those pushers are surely going to be traumatized for life...
  • One-Scene Wonder: Patti Jerome as Marisa's cheerful motor-mouthed mother
  • Sequelitis: The first film actually is pretty good with its plot and effects, probably one of the best "Jaws" rip-offs. The so-called "sequel" Alligator II: The Mutation, which was released ten years after the original and is a rehash of its plot.
  • Squick: We get a pair of scenes in which Ramon not only eats people, he swallows them whole and alive.