The Date: October 21
The Movie: Alligator (1980)
What Is It?: Who’d imagine John Sayles was once the go-to guy for goofy Jaws cash-ins? Like Sayles’s Piranha, Alligator is a witty little satire about an aquatic nightmare. This one is a tyrannosaurus-sized gator named Ramón. I made sure to catch this whenever it ran on TV in the early ‘80s. It’s still a fun way to spend 87 minutes.
Why Today?: Today is Reptile Awareness Day.