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Day of the Animals (1977)

A battle for survival as hikers encounter a chemically imbalanced forest.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buckner
Paul Jenson
Terry Marsh
Professor MacGregor
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Frank Young
Roy Moore
Ranger Tucker
Bob Denning
Mandy Young
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The depletion of the earth's ozone layer causes animals above the altitude of 5000 feet to run amok, which is very unfortunate for a group of hikers who get dropped off up there by helicopter just before the quarantine is announced. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

13 May 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Something Is Out There  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "grizzly bear" that Leslie Nielsen fights is actually a North American cinnamon bear. See more »


Ozone-layer depletion affects more than animals; it affects plants, too. Yet, in the movie, the plants seem to be in good condition. See more »


Tucker's Wife: Tucker, I don't like going down without you!
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References Grizzly (1976) See more »

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Not a Bad Picture
3 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TITLE: DAY OF THE ANIMALS, Release Date: 5/13/1977, Runtime: 97 Minutes STARRING: Lynda Day George, Christopher George, and Leslie Nielsen The Day of the Animals is a 1977 American horror film thriller directed by William Girdler and based on a story written by Edward L. Montoro. Premiering on May 13, 1977, the movie reunited stars Christopher George and Richard Jaeckel, director Girdler and producer Montoro from the previous year's hit film Grizzly.

SUMMARY: A nature-loving group of hikers set out on a two-week survival mission in the Sonora Pass area of California's High Sierras. As the group begins its trek, the animal population of the Sierras slowly congregates around them. One of them hears a news bulletin that scientists believe the earth's ozone layer has been depleted to a critical level with a warning of possible danger at higher altitudes. Therefore, begins the pursuit by the animals of the humans. The high drama and frightful tension will have you on the edge of your sea.

QUESTION: Can anyone survive The Day of the Animals?

MY THOUGHTS: The high drama and frightful tension will have you on the edge of your sit, asking yourself can anyone survive the Day of the Animals. I remember this movie because of Lynda Day George. However I was disappointed that she didn't play a bigger role. I did luck the scenery of the Sierra Mountains so I give this Picture 6 Weasel stars.

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