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Syfy’s Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators Trailer Makes Sharknado Look Impressive


I know that there is no real reason for me to be writing a story about Syfy’s next cinematic abomination, the upcoming Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators, but I am both a sadist and a masochist at heart. I’m also a Louisiana native who lives just a few minutes away from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where the Ragin Cajun is the school mascot, and I’ve never seen an alligator anywhere around here that wasn’t a part of an exhibit of some kind. The above trailer does nothing to quell my disgust for the way film and television choose to view Louisiana residents, nor does it actually inspire any interest in watching the flick. But, given my S&M qualities, I’ll probably DVR it and watch it when I’m too drunk to remember my name.

The film’s straight-up synopsis is “Mutant gators take a bite out of the bayou,” and the trailer’s logline is “Don’t feed the gators or the rednecks.” While I have not read the script and was offered no pre-release screening of this movie, I have to assume someone took a book of Mad Libs and vomited ink inside of it, and the screenplay was born.

The film — I really had to force myself not to put quote marks around that — will follow a group of people who are faced with mutant alligators that somehow mutates people into terribly designed alligator/human hybrids. It stars Jordan Hinson (Eureka), Victor Webster (Continuum), Christopher Berry (3:10 to Yuma), Shanna Forrestall (THe Last Exorcism), Ritchie Montgomery (The Hot Flashes), Thomas Francis Murphy (Leatherheads) and some other people you’ve barely heard of. I mean, at least Sharknado had Ian Ziering and Tara Reid.

It should surprise no one that the director and screenwriters have also been involved with several projects for the Z-movie company The Asylum. Director Griff Furst was responsible for such classics as 100 Million B.C., Lake Placid 3, Swamp Shark and Ghost Shark, which just aired on Syfy last week. The screenwriters are Keith Allan, who wrote and directed 11/11/11 and wrote last year’s Rise of the Zombies with fellow Redneck Gators co-writer Delondra Williams.

Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators will be airing on Syfy on Thursday, September 5, and probably five times a week for the following month. Put on your loosest wifebeater, pop open a 40 oz. of Natural Light and dig the fuck in.

In case you missed Ghost Shark, or weren’t aware of it to begin with, check out the trailer below.

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Comments

  • Dee

    Hi! I’m one of the writers. I can tell you right now that RCRG is pretty much what it looks like–it’s fun, loud, and has lots of gratuitous death scenes. But one thing that really impressed me about the producers (at Louisiana-based Active Entertainment, by the way, not The Asylum where we also do work) was how they wanted the characters to be likable, real and not some kind of mockery of Cajun culture. In fact, we don’t ever refer to them as rednecks in the script…until they turn into the dreaded Redneck Gators, that is. Yep, there’s mutants and glowing moonshine and even some banjo playing, but there are also references to Shakespeare and old spiritual songs. So…it’s a mixed bag! I haven’t seen the final product myself yet, so I’ll be watching it for the first time next week, too. But do know that everyone from the writers to the producers to the composer were looking less to exploit stereotypes and more to give the viewers a good old time.

    P.S. We don’t just vomit ink on the page. We hire monkeys and chain them to typewriters.

    • dietrich

      Welp, this viewer did indeed have a good old time, enough to watch the repeat. I enjoyed the the scenery, the music (kudos!), and I was impressed with the surprising balance between camp and culture seasoned with a bit of Shakespeare on the bayou…all in all, the whole RCRG team did such a good and credible job with such a tried and true B Movie creature feature plot, you almost produced a film worthy of opening a drive-in holiday weekend monster fest. Thanks for the Entertainment; I hope it’s out on DVD by Christmas.

      ps The monkees did a particularly good job…very professional indeed.