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Day of the Animals (1977)

A battle for survival ensues after a group of hikers encounters a chemically imbalanced forest.


William Girdler


William W. Norton (screenplay) (as William Norton), Eleanor E. Norton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Steve Buckner
Leslie Nielsen ... Paul Jenson
Lynda Day George ... Terry Marsh
Richard Jaeckel ... Professor MacGregor
Michael Ansara ... Daniel Santee
Ruth Roman ... Shirley Goodwyn
Jon Cedar ... Frank Young
Paul Mantee ... Roy Moore
Walter Barnes ... Ranger Tucker
Andrew Stevens ... Bob Denning
Susan Backlinie ... Mandy Young
Kathleen Bracken Kathleen Bracken ... Beth Hughes
Bobby Porter ... John Goodwyn
Michelle Stacy ... Little Girl
Michael Andreas Michael Andreas ... Sheriff


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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The terrifying movie of a world gone mad! See more »


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Riffed by the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) under the RiffTrax name, Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy. See more »


When Frank is coming down the rocks to help Mandy being attacked by the birds, you can see a foot moving in the upper left corner of the screen. See more »


Daniel Santee: You know, when I was a boy, my father couldn't wait to get off the reservation. He even changed his name to Mr. White.
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Referenced in 10 Items or Less (2006) See more »

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Surely you can't expect Leslie Nielsen to wrestle a grizzly. He does, and no calling anyone Shirley.
3 June 2012 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Eco-horror was one of the notable genres of 1970s cinema. William Girdler's "Day of the Animals" is a prime example. It depicts ozone depletion causing all wildlife above 5,000 feet to turn against humans. Of course, the best scene is Leslie Nielsen - still a few years away from his career in comedy* - wrestling a grizzly. This is a movie that, ridiculous as it is, must have been really fun to film. The animals really look like some mean mothers.

Yes, it's one of the many silly exploitation flicks of the era. Totally enjoyable, I might add. Unfortunately, the director got killed in a helicopter crash in the Philippines less than a year after the release. Too bad.

Also starring Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel, Andrew Stevens (Stella Stevens's son) and Michael Ansara (Barbara Eden's former husband).

*As late as 1987, Nielsen co-starred in the dead serious "Nuts".

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Release Date:

13 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Day of the Animals See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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