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A farm boy left alone is terrorized by an unseen animal.


Alan Nathanson


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Complete credited cast:
Jason Roberts Jason Roberts ... Louw Williams
Ken Gampu ... Moses
Sandra Prinsloo ... Frances Williams
Brian O'Shaughnessy Brian O'Shaughnessy ... Bart Williams
Bryony Mortimer Bryony Mortimer ... Lovell
Terrick Fitzhugh Terrick Fitzhugh ... Archie
Ken Marshall Ken Marshall ... Dr. Goodwin
Josephine Liederman Josephine Liederman ... Maria


A farm boy left alone is terrorized by an unseen animal.

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farm | lynx | remote | animal attack | See All (4) »


Drama | Thriller




South Africa



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16 October 1982 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Beasts See more »

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South Africa

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13 December 2004 | by xfile1971See all my reviews

This film does not feature any monsters or mutants of any kind. The only horror relating to this film is the fact that it was ever made. An early scene sets the stage as far as how much skill went into the making of the movie. Without wasting my time on details, a 12-year-old boy is left alone on a family farm. He tosses a lit cigarette into a pile of hay and a blaze soon commences. The kid grabs a small bucket and partially fills it with water. He feebly tosses it on the large fire. What happens next is what baffles me. He gets really angry at his dog for no good reason and throws the bucket at his canine pal. The camera changes angles and suddenly, not only is the entire fire out but the pile of hay is gone as well. How did a raging fire completely disappear without a trace in a matter of a few seconds? Please let me know if you have the answer because I'm at a loss.

Also, there was a disturbing scene in which a lynx and a dog are fighting each other. You could hear the dog squealing in pain and when the two were finally broken up, the dog could barely walk. This could be the most realistic (yet safely staged) animal fight in the history of films or...I don't like to think of the alternative. They later showed the dog bloody, mangled and limp in the boy's arms. Irregardless of that scene, "Claws" was already a lost cause. A large portion of the movie consists of the kid wandering around clutching a gun while occasionally falling asleep and dreaming of smoking and making out with a good-looking woman. I guess that was supposed to spice up what is otherwise a dull, plodding waste of film. It didn't work.

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