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THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE (1959) – Episode 161 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“Dirty, stinkin’, slimy gators! You bit my hand off, didn’t you? I’m gonna spend the rest of my life killing gators. The rest of my life … killing ’em!” Maybe you shouldn’t have put your hand in the gator’s mouth. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Doc Rotten, and Jeff Mohr – as they take in a sweat-soaked Lon Chaney Jr. and the wonderful Beverly Garland in the story of a man-turned-gator as told in The Alligator People (1959).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 161 – The Alligator People (1959)

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A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband.

Calling all MONSTER KIDS! It’s time for the Grue Crew to head to the bayou alongside actress Beverly Garland in search of her missing husband in the B&W creature feature The Alligator People (1959). Let’s throw in some hilariously creepy – but still awesome as ever – Lon Chaney, Jr. for good measure. See a man turn into a gruesome gator – with pants! All kidding aside, this is a terrific B-Movie classic that should not be missed. 

At the time of this writing, The Alligator People is available to stream from the Classic Horror Movie Channel and Wicked Horror TV. The film is also available on disc as a Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Chad, is This Island Earth (1955), two-and-a-half years in the making!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.