ALLIGATOR II: THE MUTATION
ALLIGATOR II: THE RETURN
Alligator II: The Mutation was a sequel to the minor hit of Alligator (1980), which was about a giant alligator emerged from the sewers. The original did receive a theatrical release, although the sequel went directly to video. Alligator II was produced by Brandon Chase and his Group 1 Films, the only returnees from the original, along with cinematographer Joseph Mangine.
All the characters in Alligator II come by cliche the lone detective standing up against departmental orders to follow what he knows to be right, the corrupt property developer covering up the existence of the monster because it is bad for business that has been a staple of the Animals Amok film since Jaws (1975). The plot here fairly much follows the original Alligator on all points the monster emerging from the sewers grown big because of experimental hormones dumped there; the grizzled detective hero and his girlfriend/wife who works as a biologist; Richard Lynch cast in the equivalent role of the Big Game Hunter who arrives to sort out the menace; the alligator emerging to go amok at a party thrown by the crooked businessman.
The major difference between Alligator and Alligator II is that while the original played many of the cliches with tongue planted in cheek, this plays everything straight. Hero Joseph Bologna at least gets into some of the spirit of the original and gives an amusingly hard-headed performance. Most disappointingly, we only get a cut-price alligator that is rarely seen on screen and only ever in brief shots when it is. Even then, all that we seem to get are a large set of stiff jaws and a giant tail. There are almost no shots of the whole body alligator or of it in any contrast to anything to show it is giant sized. Alligator II: The Mutation is formulaic and routine on all levels. The cast play okay but the cheapness of the alligator effects end up bringing the film down.
Film online in several parts beginning here:-