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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 »


Richard Bansbach, Robert E. Pearson (as Robert E. Pierson)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Evers ... Jason Monroe
Leon Ames ... Commissioner
Anthony Caruso ... Henry
Carla Layton Carla Layton ... Chris
Glenn Sipes Glenn Sipes ... Howard
Buck Young ... Pilot
Myron Healey ... Sheriff
Buck Monroe Buck Monroe ... Buck Monroe
Wayne Lonacre Wayne Lonacre ... Gil Evans
Bill Ratcliffe Bill Ratcliffe ... Marshal
Brian Russell Brian Russell ... Local Reporter
Rand Carr Rand Carr ... Radio Operator (as Randy Carr)
Robert E. Pearson Robert E. Pearson ... TV Reporter (as Bob Pierson)
Joe Shaw Joe Shaw ... TV Cameraman
Marvin Borgmier Marvin Borgmier ... The Hunter
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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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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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Stick with Jaws or Grizzly
30 October 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Claws (1977)

1/2 (out of 4)

Even Alaska decided to jump in on the JAWS craze with this rip-off, which features a killer grizzly. Just the previous year director William Girdler made GRIZZLY and wouldn't you know it, this low-budget film would be released as GRIZZLY II in some parts just to try and cash in. The story is pretty simple as a couple hunters come across two large grizzly bears fighting. They decide they'll look good on their wall so they start firing but one of the bears is just hit and runs off. At the same time a logger is walking through the woods and gets attacked. Through a text on the screen we learn that in the next five years this bear attacks and kills countless people and becomes known as the devil bear. Then our film kicks back and we see a group of men going after the bear. I'm a major sucker for these "nature attack" movies but this one here is just downright horrible. This is an incredibly cheap production and it really doesn't help when the bear is never in the same frame of the actors. Yes, many low-budget movies used editing to fool the viewer but this film isn't fooling anyone and what's even worse is how dragged out everything is. Not much makes sense in this movie including the fact that the "events" take place five years after the opening. As I previous said, we're give some text to explain what the bear has been doing but why not just show this stuff and forget this incredibly stretched out sequences that we wind up getting? The majority of the 100-minute running time has a bunch of idiots in the wood trying to track down the bear with the help of a Native American magic man. All of the scenes in the woods are just way too long and you can't help but feel as if this thing was just meant to be some sort of travelogue for Alaska and at the last second they decided to add a killer bear. The attack scenes are extremely weak with the viewer really not getting to see much. Everything usually so dark that you can't see or they just have the actors fighting with a fake bear arm coming down on them. I guess the one highlight in the film is a rather silly sequence where the bear attacks some boy scouts out camping. The performances are all rather bland and forgettable but then again so is pretty much everything else in this film. Stick with GRIZZLY instead.

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1977 (USA) See more »

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Devil Bear See more »

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Alaska, USA See more »

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