Repligator (1996)

What does it say about a film that it steals from Time Tracers (retitled Time Trap for its recent limited DVD release), which borrowed footage from two other films, and even worked in a Civil War re-enactment?

Pretty desperate, right?

Bret McCormick, who made a lot of cheap SF and horror films back in the Eighties and Nineties still had film, sets and equipment left over from Time Tracers and wanted to knock something out in a hurry.  With a script written in four days and bad movie icon Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface, from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Scream Queen Brinke Stevens top-billed (but in minor bits which have no connection to the rest of the film — or to each other for that matter!), the end result is a very silly, soft core SF comedy filled with topless women.  A Military matter transporter project has the unexpected effect of turning the first volunteer to go through it into a beautiful girl.  Before long, we get mind control thrown in the mix, and the test subjects unexpectedly turning into “Gator Babes” — who actually look more like dinosaurs (using a costume left over from Time Tracers).  And anyone they bite turns into zombies.

Of course.  It would be too simple otherwise.

This is a singularly stupid movie, full of bad acting and even worse jokes.

But, darn it, there’s just something about this thing..

Maybe it’s because no one involved took it seriously for even a moment, maybe it’s because everyone involved seems to be having a great time making this wretched thing.  Whatever the case, something of that goofy, anything goes attitude must have rubbed off on the film…

Oh well.  It’s terrible.  I enjoyed it thoroughly.  If you’re in the right frame of mind and can accept it for what it is, you might enjoy it, too…

Gator Babes and all…


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