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The Wild Beasts (1984)

Wild beasts - Belve feroci (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 15 February 1984 (Italy)
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The water supply for a large city zoo becomes contaminated with PCP, and the animals go crazy and get loose.

Director:

Franco Prosperi (as Franco E. Prosperi)

Writers:

Franco Prosperi (screenplay) (as Franco E. Prosperi), Franco Prosperi (story) (as Franco E. Prosperi)
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Lorraine De Selle ... Laura Schwarz
Antonio Di Leo Antonio Di Leo ... Rupert Berner (as John Aldrich)
Ugo Bologna ... Inspector Nat Braun
Louisa Lloyd Louisa Lloyd ... Suzy Schwarz
John Stacy ... Zookeeper #1
Enzo Pezzu Enzo Pezzu ... Zookeeper #2
Monica Nickel Monica Nickel ... Carol's Mother
Stefania Pinna Stefania Pinna ... Carol
Simonetta Pinna Simonetta Pinna ... Schoolgirl - Annie
Alessandra Svampa Alessandra Svampa ... Schoolgirl - Alice
Frederico Volocia Frederico Volocia ... Schoolboy - Tommy
Alessandro Freyberger Alessandro Freyberger ... Karl
Tiziana Tannozzini Tiziana Tannozzini ... Fay
Gianfranco Principi Gianfranco Principi ... Reporter
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The water supply for a large city zoo becomes contaminated with PCP, and the animals go crazy and get loose. Written by Joe Arthur <tenebrae50@hotmail.com>

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pcp | cheetah | tiger | rat | lion | See All (76) »

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The Wild Beasts Will Get You! See more »

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Trivia

The sequence with the tiger in the subway tunnel was shot from 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Moreover, the tiger got loose in the subway station and hid in a bathroom before deciding to go on top of a train. Subway station employees were prevented from entering the station until the tiger was finally caught. See more »

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Inspector Nat Braun: Is she out of her mind?
Rupert Berner: No she's not crazy, she's being chased by a cheetah!
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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
27 October 2012 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Dangerous zoo animals escape from their cages and run amok in the city after drinking water contaminated by PCP (a hallucinogenic drug also known as angel dust, busy bee, peace powder, zombie dust and jet fuel).

Technically speaking, Franco Propseri's Wild Beasts is far from a good film, with clumsy direction, terrible performances and diabolical dialogue throughout; that said, it sure is entertaining, a cheesy trash-fest full of unintentional laughs and OTT death scenes, and what has got to be the greatest 'cheetah chasing a car' scene in movie history (on account of there being no other contenders for the title).

The bloody death and destruction on offer includes stampeding cattle running down pedestrians, rats devouring a couple having sex in a car, a woman's head stomped by an elephant, a seeing-eye dog savaging his master (he didn't see that coming!), and a savage polar bear attack on a bunch of kids (who, having drunk some PCP themselves, also become killers!).

This being an early-80s Euro-horror, there is also some incredibly un-PC content which only adds to the bonkers exploitation vibe: not only does Prosperi deliver a gratuitous topless shot of obnoxious pubescent schoolgirl Suzy (Louisa Lloyd ) within the first few seconds, but there is enough real animal violence on display to give PETA supporters an instant coronary—animals were most definitely harmed during the making of this motion picture (sucks to be a rat in the European horror movie business).

6.5 out of 10, rounded up to 7 for IMDb.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1984 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Dolby

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1.66 : 1
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