Half Animal .. All Woman
Exploitation films are often criticized for their graphic depictions of violence and abuse against women, but these women are often the most powerful figures in these films. The men are portrayed as incompetent buffoons who are slaves to their primitive urges. The women - usually to get revenge against their abusers - exploit the idiocy and the uncontrolled sexual urges of their male oppressors to triumph in the end. 'Gator Bait is one of these films. I certainly wouldn't call it a feminist film but is does showcase a strong independent woman as the lead character.
'Gator Bait is essentially the tale of a Cajun girl's revenge against a group of redneck men in the swamps of Louisiana. Desiree Thibodeau (Claudia Jennings) is a barefoot trapper/poacher who wears a burlap sack as a shirt and steals from traplines in the swamp to feed herself, her sister and little brother.
|"Get off my lawn."|
I don't care what anyone says, 'Gator Bait is a good movie. It's not as campy as one might expect and not nearly as graphic as some other grindhouse revenge films, but still, it's a fun little romp through the swamp.
Violence Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Booby Rating: 2.5 out of 5