Hunters wound a grizzly bear in a national forest in Alaska. Soon after, the wounded bear goes off and kills several other hunters, hikers, campers, the sheriff and a little boy scout. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Evers ...
Jason Monroe
Ben Jones, Forest Commissioner
Henry Chico
Carla Layton ...
Chris Monroe
Glenn Sipes ...
Buck Young ...
Sheriff Drake
Buck Monroe ...
Buck Monroe
Wayne Lonacre ...
Gil Evans
Bill Ratcliffe ...
Brian Russell ...
Local Reporter
Rand Carr ...
Radio Operator (as Randy Carr)
Robert E. Pearson ...
TV Reporter (as Bob Pierson)
Joe Shaw ...
TV Cameraman
Marvin Borgmier ...


Hunters wound a grizzly bear in a national forest in Alaska. Soon after, the wounded bear goes off and kills several other hunters, hikers, campers, the sheriff and a little boy scout. Jason Evers sets out to stop it in the frozen plains of the Alaska mountains. Written by <>

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1977 (USA)  »

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Devil Bear  »

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Was re-released in 1978 in Canada and Mexico as "Grizzly 2" in an effort to capitalize on the success of another similarly themed killer grizzly bear film a year before "Grizzly" (1976), which had performed exceptionally well worldwide. "Claws" is often times mistaken as the sequel to "Grizzly" because of its re-release title, but has no connection to the film, nor any connection to the real infamous lost sequel, "Predator: The Concert" (AKA: "Grizzly II: The Predator"). See more »


Henry: Do you want whiskey?
Jason Monroe: No thank you, my little boy was just attacked by a damn grizzly bear.
Henry: Is he alright?
Jason Monroe: I'm not sure.
Henry: Oh, I think I will go drink whiskey now.
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Jason and the Devil Bear
6 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

If "Grizzly" was the B-grade answer to "Jaws", then "Claws" in my opinion, is the next generation answer to "Grizzly". Despite a top- notch cast (Evers, Aames, Caruso, Young & Healey), "Claws" lacks the technical expertise William Girdler displayed in conjuring his spin-off, the bear attacks and aftermath here, a lot less bloody and realistic.

The acting of the veterans isn't bad at all, though Evers does at times seem more than a little self-righteous as he mentally deteriorates years after being attacked by what has now become the local folklore of "Devil Bear". Estranged from his wife & son due to his obsession with locating and killing "Devil Bear", Evers teeters on the brink of insanity, until, "Devil Bear" appears again to wreak havoc and give Evers the chance to avenge the livelihood he lost when his hand was crippled years before (he was a lumberjack by trade, until "Devil Bear" tossed him around like a rag doll).

Clichéd and overly intense, "Claws" reminds me of "Snowbeast" both in terms of tone and production quality, it's a very distant standard to Girdler's "Grizzly" despite the obvious homage. Both Aames and Caruso have reasonably good dialogue and deliver earnest, watchable performances - I couldn't really say the same for Layton nor Sipes who both look decidedly amateurish by comparison. As aforesaid, I'm not sure who's more dangerous, "Devil Bear" or Jason Evers' maniacal stare.

The slow-motion climax was a bit absurd and Evers' supposedly crippled hand seems to make a miraculous resurrection, but otherwise, it's what you'd expect in a film of this genre, but firmly on the C-scale.

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