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Grizzly (30th Anniversary Double-Disc Special Edition)
18 Feet Of MUTANT GRIZZLY BEAR! When an enormous, one ton grizzly bear begins killing and mauling outdoor enthusiasts protected state park, a local park ranger Michael Kelly, played perfectly by Christopher George, has to find the dreaded mutant monster bear and somehow stop it from its feeding frenzy on innocent campers. Kelly quickly sees that this job is way too big to handle on his own so he then gets help from a kooky forest naturalist, played by Richard Jaeckel, and an ace helicopter pilot, played by Andrew Pine, to assist him in taking down this massive freak of a bear. But the mutant grizzly is not content with the usual leavings of campers, he wants the campers themselves to snack on. Chock full of blood and stacks of body parts this 70s shocker is a must own for creature horror fans. SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary by actress Joan McCall and producer David Sheldon Archival 1976 promotional featurette "Jaws With Claws" featurette "Reflections of Grizzly" - 2005 screening of the film Still and poster gallery Radio spots Trailer
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While watching Grizzly (1976), one cannot help but notice how much the film 'borrows' from the extremely successful 1975 Spielberg movie Jaws. Unfortunately, director William Girdler is no Spielberg. The movie stars B actor Christopher George as Ranger Michael Kelly, who some may remember from TV's Rat Patrol, as Sgt. Sam Troy. Also starring is Richard Jaekel as a naturalist by the name of Arthur Scott. I best remember Jaekel from the Lee Marvin film, The Dirty Dozen (1967), and I felt quite sorry for him that his career has sunk to the point where he got stuck in this pile of a movie.
The film starts off with the brutal killing of two, comely young women in a national park. Limbs are torn, blood is shown, but the only thing we see of the attacker is a pretty phony looking paw groping the women. The now deceased women are found, examined by a coroner, who informs Ranger Kelly that the women where mauled by a bear, a big bear. This sets up the search for the bear, and also for the killing of some more people. Naturalist Arthur Scott, or Scotty, is called in from the woods, and he speaks of the bear being at least 15 feet tall and weighing between 2,000 to 3,000 pounds, based on the size and depth of the bear's paw print tracks, which he has examined.
Most of the film is the characters trying to find the bear, and the bear attacking and killing more people.Read more ›
First we have a sub plot introduced when we first meet Joan McCall. Her character is a photographer and the daughter of the owner of a fine restaurant. The subplot involves the restaurant being on the verge of bankruptcy but it is dropped right after it is introduced.
Another scene is where a radio announcer's voice is heard issuing warnings about a killer bear and that backpackers are urged to leave the area. During the voice over we see a large group of backpackers running through the trees as if they were listening to the broadcast.
Unlike Jaws, which takes place in Amity, we have a nameless location for this movie. The entrance to the park merely says, "National Park Entrance".
The basis of the story is a little silly, that of a prehistoric grizzly (15 feet tall) getting a taste for people. An 11-foot modern grizzly was filmed for the movie, so there really was no reason to allude to a prehistoric origin. A 15-foot modern grizzly would have been just as scary.
So we have a big grizzly stalking territory not known for grizzlies (great whites have frequented the area where Jaws takes place). The park staff, only a small handful for a few million acres, has to stop the bear while management is worried about bad publicity.
In the end, rifles are apparently useless in stopping the beast so other, more Jaws-like, methods are used.
There is some nice forest footage and some of the tension is well done, but the characters seem to be lacking in emotion. For example, the second victim stumbles on the first just as she is killed. She looks for a few seconds then turns and runs. She makes no sound and exhibits no real terror, horror or even fear. Not very realistic.
This movie could have been done a lot better but it still works at some levels.
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Great movie I remember going to see it in the movies thanks.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like this more than Jaws, the best "NATURE RUNS AMOK" Flick ever made except for The Birds of course. A sequel was made but money problems stopped production. Read morePublished on April 1 2012 by Dean Wirth
I liked this movie, it has some good effects in it to be as old as it is.Published on Jan. 22 2004 by Raven