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Claws (1977)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | 1977 (USA)
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:
Carla Layton ...
Glenn Sipes ...
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 ...
The Hunter


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 <Blythe379@cs.com>

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Will the woods ever be safe again? See more »


Horror | Thriller


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1977 (USA)  »

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Devil Bear  »

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2.35 : 1
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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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Referenced in Harry and the Hendersons (1987) See more »

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1 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

Since William Girdler's "Grizzly" supposedly was a shameless rip-off of "Jaws" (at least according to a lot of reviewers disliking the movie), then I guess this is an even more shameless rip-off of an already shameless rip-off and thus the ultimate rip-off of "Jaws"? Whatever! Let them say what they want. I usually enjoy these typically 70's and enormously cheesy "animals revolting" movies very much and even found a handful of redeeming elements in "Claws"! That certainly wasn't an easy thing to do, as this film is really poor and amateurishly put together. Basically speaking, a killer animal flick doesn't need a brilliant or flawless scenario in order to be entertaining, but it looks as if the makers deliberately tried to sabotage their own film with their continuous and inappropriate use of pointless flashbacks, dreadful clichés and irrelevant vendettas between dull main characters. There's an ordinary grizzly bear – perhaps a little bit over-sized, but still a normal bear – on the rampage deep in the Alaskan woods, but for some reason the plot insists to convince us it's not just a bear but a malignant Indian spirit known as the "Quistica". Consequently one of the supportive characters is an old Indian mumbling inaudible stuff all the time and having kooky hallucinations, whereas the story should be focusing on savage grizzly bear attacks instead! During the fairly good and atmospherically shot opening sequences, we witness how a trio of hunters illegally wound a gigantic bear but fail to put him down completely. The raged animal promptly attacks woodchopper Jason Monroe and terrorizes the woods for the following five years. When the bear beastly interrupts a boy scout camping party attended by Jason's son and his ex-wife's new fiancée, he decides to put together a hunting party to destroy the bear once and for all. Although nobody is likely to care or even sympathize with any of the lead characters, the film obtrudes their love lives to us through insufferable flashbacks. Worst of all is that these flashbacks serve absolutely no purpose and merely just count as filler and to make us care for the familial situation of the characters. That is called Emo(tion)-TV and really doesn't mix well with horror. The hunter has flashbacks about how he fell in love with his wife and then lost her, the wife has a flashback how she left her husband, the new lover has a flashback how he gradually stole the wife's heart and the annoying kid has a flashback of the time his parents were still happily together. I swear, at a certain point I was afraid that even the bear would have a flashback about the times he was carelessly swooping fish out of the river, or something. During the second half of the film, the lousy flashbacks are slowly being replaced with lousy gibberish about Indian mythology and brotherhood speeches. The bear attacks are okay, but not as virulent and exploitative as in the aforementioned "Grizzly" and the wildlife tableaux are occasionally enchanting to look at. The climax is exciting but unfortunately not exciting enough to make you forget the overall dullness of the script and the atrocity of the dialogs. Furthermore, "Claws" also suffers from terrible performances and inept direction, so unless you have an incredibly high level of tolerance for 70's eco-horror/killer-animal flicks, you probably shouldn't search for this puppy.

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