A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.

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Maggie
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Rob
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John Hawks
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Isely
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Ramona
George Clutesi ...
M'Rai
Tom McFadden ...
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Johnny Timko ...
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A Savage beast, grown to monstrous size and driven mad by toxic wastes that are poisoning the waters, spreads terror and death on a Maine countryside. Written by <kdj@ozemail.com.au>

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The Monster Movie. See more »

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22 August 1979 (France)  »

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Prophecy: The Monster Movie  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Film critic Leonard Maltin described the mutant monster Katahdin as "a giant salami". See more »

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Obvious dummy dog falling over cliff in opening sequence. See more »

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Dr. Robert Verne: Can these people help us?
[Dr. Verne after saving a dieing mutant cub and treating it in a tent at the Indian site referring to some Indian men who are with Hawks]
John Hawks: They can send someone from the village.
Dr. Robert Verne: Send them. Tell them to get people here. I want people to see this. Is there a newspaper in town?
John Hawks: Yes.
Dr. Robert Verne: Get them here with a camera... and people from that paper mill... and that sheriff.
John Hawks: Not that sheriff. I can't do that.
Dr. Robert Verne: Hawkes! He'll see the truth here and you have more here at stake in this ...
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Referenced in Mockingbird Lane (2012) See more »

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Symphony No. 4 in D Minor
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Music by Johannes Brahms
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A decent creature-feature until the creature-feature kicks in.
13 October 2013 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

This film had the potential to be a rare echo-horror that actually tackled the subject of men tempering with nature. It was apparently inspired by a real environmental disaster in Japan and since it was directed by John Frankenheimmer, I was genuinely intrigued to check out this film that I had been dismissing for so long mainly because of the infamous exploding sleeping bag scene.

It starts out nicely with a violent sequence that proceeds to set up the main characters and plot; Native Americans are demonstrating against loggers working on a paper mill and taking away their land. The protagonist is a doctor who is called to the affair as an adviser and soon finds out that the plant is poisoning the water, the fish and the people who live of the land. To make matters worse there's something in the woods feeding on loggers and campers.

Now, I know this is a creature feature and the monster deserves a fair amount of screen time. It is kept in wraps throughout the film, making up for some genuinely suspenseful scenes. At first it's a mere side effect of the much bigger tragedy that the land and people are suffering. But by the end it takes over the movie, turning it into a gore fest and depriving it of its original atmosphere. All the subplots are dropped, characters vanished and the movie abruptly ends.

All in all, as far as echo-horror goes this is one of the most decent and fans of b movies will certainly be entertained. More stuff to look out for is the gorgeous Victoria Racimo, a young Armand Assante, those adorable mutated bear cubs and of course, the exploding sleeping bag scene.


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