A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.
Michael V. Gazzo
An eighteen-foot grizzly bear figures out that humans make for a tasty treat. As a park ranger tries rallying his men to bring about the bear's capture or destruction, his efforts are thwarted by the introduction of dozens of drunken hunters into the area.Written by
Brian J. Wright <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This ended up becoming the most financially successful independent motion picture of 1976, earning an impressive thirty-nine million dollars worldwide in box-office revenue, breaking records as well. It held this record for two solid years, until Halloween (1978) broke it. See more »
When Kelly asks the helicopter pilot if he can get the chopper any lower the pilot responds "No. Too much of a down-draft today" and then lands the chopper a few seconds later when they think they have spotted the Bear. See more »
If ya feel a wet snout in ya face, whatever you do, don't move. And don't kiss it back 'cause it ain't me.
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The following scenes were cut from the original version:
A scene were Ranger Michael Kelly talks to Walter Corwin about shutting down his lodge.
Another victim attack.
A scene were the hunters kill a bear but is actually a black bear they killed by mistake.
Rip-off of "Jaws". A giant grizzly bear is (inexplicably) attacking humans in a forest. It's up to Christopher George and friends to track him down.
I saw this in a theatre when I was 14 and never forgot it. At the time it (sort of) scared me. The bear itself I thought looked kind of cuddly--even when it was growling and showing its fangs. The attacks were (for a PG movie) pretty bloody and had me actually cringing in my seat! The show stoppers were when a little boy is attacked (we don't actually SEE it, but we do see half his leg torn off) and when, with a swipe of its claw, the grizzly decapitates a horse! Silly...but effective! Also there's some really beautiful scenery here (if you see it letterboxed) and a really great score.
So, this is a good gross-out movie for kids--there is a lot of blood but you don't take it seriously. As for the rest of it--the acting and characterizations are strictly by the numbers but I thought George and Andrew Prine were lots of fun. Also the dialogue is terrible and I got a good laugh out of the guy who doesn't want close the park despite the fact that people are being killed! Talk about ripping off "Jaws"! Good example of a 1970s exploitation film.
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