‘Attack of the Meth Gator’ Coming this Summer from The Asylum, Probably

Attack of the Meth Gator could start an entire franchise for The Asylum.

The Asylum has a long history of releasing odd and goofy movies like Attack of the Meth Gator (2023).

From The Asylum, the company that brought you mockbuster “classics” such as Ape vs. Monster (2021) and Atlantic Rim (2013), comes the next entry in the burgeoning animal-on-drugs genre. Announced on Twitter by The Asylum, summer of 2023 will see the release of Attack of the Meth Gator.

With the recent release of Cocaine Bear capturing people’s imaginations, it’s natural that a reliably opportunistic low-budget studio would jump at that chance to make a drugged-up animal attack movie of their own. Social media has had fun over the past few weeks coming up with ridiculous combinations of animals and drugs to use as the basis of a Cocaine Bear derivative. But The Asylum is taking that next step of actually making their dream scenario a real movie!

Kaya Scodelario is stalked by an alligator in Crawl (2019).
As good as Crawl (2019) is (seen here with Kaya Scodelario as Haley), just imagine if the alligator in that movie was high on methamphetamines.

In addition to being goofy fun, the idea of a meth gator movie may have some basis in reality (sort of like how Cocaine Bear is inspired by true events). A quick search turns up many articles describing the danger of “meth gators.” To quote an article from CNN:

A Tennessee police department is warning residents to stop flushing drugs down their toilet and sinks out of fear they could create ‘meth gators.’ Police warn that if the drugs make it far enough, they will end up being consumed by gators in Shoal Creek. ‘They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help,’ police wrote.

CNN, July 22, 2019

Of course, an article from USA Today published on the very same day states that the Tennessee police department that made the statement about meth gators later said they were joking, writing “alas, the meth-gator is not real.” But they then closed out their clarification with “THE METH GATOR IS NOT (at this time) REAL.” So you’re saying there’s a chance?

A man is swallowed whole by a huge alligator in Alligator (1980).
Hopefully the gators in Attack of the Meth Gator will be as big as the one seen in Alligator (1980). (pictured here: a still from Alligator, 1980)

So, is the movie Attack of the Meth Gator real? The official Twitter page for The Asylum followed up their announcement by saying it is indeed real, but in the same tweet they also said they have been dumping meth into Florida waters in preparation for filming. Maybe it’s all a joke, and if so, it’s a great one. But lots of people didn’t believe Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023) was a real movie until it came out in theaters, so we choose to believe Attack of the Meth Gator is real. Besides, they already created a poster for the film, and considering The Asylum’s low budgets, one would assume they’ve already consumed a good chunk of their marketing budget. So why not follow through?

Obviously, no information about release dates, cast, or anything else have been released yet. But what more do you need than that title, right? Stay with us for more news as (or if) it develops.

The poster for Attack of the Meth Gator from The Asylum.
The official teaser poster for Attack of the Meth Gator.

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Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.