We can expect more over-the-top drug-fueled animal films to be announced as a result of the hype and success of Cocaine Bear. Of course, on a lower budget than the Universal Studios film. Meth Gator from The Asylum, the creators of 2013’s Sharknado, follows in the same vein.
The Asylum explains, “In a 2019 news bulletin, police warned residents to refrain from flushing methamphetamine down the toilet to prevent “meth-gators.” Down in Sweet Water Point, Florida, they didn’t listen.” One Twitter user replied to the filmmakers saying, “Please tell me this real and not a joke!” To which The Asylum tweeted back, “This is real! We’re pumping the meth into Floridas fresh water reserves as we speak!”
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Robbie Rist, known for his role as cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch, stars in Meth Gator. He went on to have a successful career as a voice actor, appearing in Naruto, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Doc McStuffins, and other animated shows. Patrick Labyorteaux, who rose to prominence as Andrew Garvey in Little House on the Prairie, also stars in the film. He also appeared in 3 Ninjas, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, JAG, and NCIS. Both actors have appeared in Sharknado films.
The Asylum confirms that production is nearly complete, and filming took place on-location in Florida swamps. Meth Gator is expected to be released this summer.
The independent film company has become known for its “mockbusters,” which include The Da Vinci Treasure, Snakes on a Train, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Android Cop, and Top Gunner: Danger Zone.
Cocaine Bear was released in theaters nationwide on February 24, 2023. It has brought over $34 million, following behind Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s holdover at the box office. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, the film stars Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery, Alden Ehrenreich, and Ray Liotta.
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