Prepare yourself for a ride into the world of B-movie madness with Bad CGI Gator, the latest creation from Full Moon Features. This creature feature parody attempts to take the concept of “so bad it’s good” to a whole new level, delivering an experience that will leave you questioning your sanity.
The story revolves around a group of college co-eds embarking on a spring break getaway at a secluded cabin somewhere in the heart of Georgia. Little do they know that their defiant act of tossing their laptops into a nearby lake will set off a chain of events that defy all logic and reason. Through a bizarre surge of electricity, a baby alligator undergoes an inexplicable growth spurt, transforming it into a supercharged gator that challenges all the laws of nature.
It’s evident that Bad CGI Gator fully embraces its status as a cheesy, low-budget flick, opting to revel in its own campiness rather than striving for any semblance of realism. It’s a film that proudly flaunts its laughably terrible effects. Each pixelated scale and awkward movement serve as a testament to the film’s commitment to embracing its own shortcomings. It’s as if the creators wanted to challenge the notion of what constitutes good special effects, giving us a creature that’s so hilariously bad, that it’s impossible to take seriously; including giving it the ability to defy gravity.
But perhaps the funniest part of Bad CGI Gator is how little effort the effects team put into the film. On numerous occasions, you witness the gator biting down on a victim, only to leave no trace of the attack. It’s a delightful display of incompetence that adds to the film’s unintentional comedy.
The performances from the cast perfectly align with the film’s intentionally over-the-top nature. The dialogue is laced with an overabundance of “dudes” and “bruh,” further proving that the script received about as much attention as the special effects.
This is a film that attempts to revel in its own mediocrity, finding joy in its shortcomings. But unfortunately, Bad CGI Gator’s attempts to lean into its flaws don’t quite hit the mark. Instead of being a loving homage to the bad creature films that came before it, we’re presented with a film that seems to misunderstand the appeal of its predecessors.
While there’s an undeniable curiosity in watching a film that boldly proclaims its own inadequacies, it’s a delicate line to tread. In the case of Bad CGI Gator, the film never quite finds its footing. The result is a movie that may have aspired to be a cheeky nod to the genre but instead feels like a missed opportunity to truly revel in the joyous absurdity of horror’s more playful side.
In the end, Bad CGI Gator is a film that’s likely to divide its audience. Some will find it a hilarious addition to their bad movie nights, reveling in the sheer audacity of its lackluster production values. Others, however, will see it as a testament to wasted potential—not funny enough to be a comedy and lacking the charm required to become a cult classic. It’s a reminder that not all movies that aim for the “it’s so bad it’s good” mantle are able to achieve it.
Despite its shortcomings, Bad CGI Gator will undoubtedly find its niche, providing entertainment to those who delight in the genre of “bad cinema” and who can appreciate the film’s blatant disregard for realism and quality. It’s a movie that invites you not to take it seriously and to lower your expectations accordingly.
Check out Bad CGI Gator on Full Moon Features when it releases on November 24, 2023.