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A novelization of the movie was first published in 1979 the same year as the film premiered. Its dust-jacket tagline was: "A Novel of Unrelenting Terror". The book was also written by the film's screenwriter David Seltzer. According to Wikipedia, the "novelization of the film contains numerous differences from the film, as well as considerable background information on all of the characters". See more »
Obviously stuffed bear to represent dead monster-bear floating in the lake. See more »
All that's left is in baskets.
[the bodies of the campers were dismembered and Isley and his workers come to the Indian village going after John Hawks thinking he had something to do with it]
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Robert Foxworth's perm is scarier than the monster......
...... but the creature itself isn't half bad considering that this was made in 79'- pre CGI. The film has some great expansive wilderness scenery and an effective score by Leonard Rosenman. It has a great opening which in a sense promises more than the rest of the film deliversquite plodding for the most partbut this is really a minor quibble. The acting is decent and there is enough tension generated by the opening sequence to keep ones interest throughout the proceedings.
There is minimal gore, but the tone of the film is relatively intense and serious, with a violent undercurrent that is more implied than expressive and adds to some well mounted terror sequences. The last half hour certainly isn't dull and is filmed with panache and a great deal of swampy atmosphere.
This is a very hard US PG rating (pre - PG13 days). A brief fight scene involving a chainsaw and an axe (although by no means graphic) is like something seen in a more exploitative hardcore action film. Had the film makers pushed a little stronger and bloodied a little more and went for an R' rating, this film may have become a minor horror classic considering the talent involved. As it stands, its still a hoot and well worth a mention in your DVD creature feature collection.
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