- 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.
YMMV / Alligator