Director: William Girdler
Main Stars: Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel
Storyline: A 15 foot bear is hunting in a state park and terrorising local park residents.
Review (Spoils): A rogue grizzly bear is roaming the forest area and the head ranger Mike Kelly (Christopher George) and his naturalist friend Scotty (Richard Jaeckel) try their hardest to track down the beast before he kills too many more. The film itself is trying to be Jaws and in that it fails as it has a low budget to work with. Sure we have some nasty bear claw attacks, some decent blood and gore (example is the boy attack) and nasty growls. Most of the attacks in the film are done by the bears view so it can be pretty lame and repetitive. For that it hurts the film they could have done so much more with the attacks, not counting the cheesy bear paw. Some of the scenes are just beyond silly like the bear chase scene, the watch tower and the finale of the bear is just downright dumb.
Rating: Not sure what is more terrifying for this film if it’s the effects of the bear, the writing or the acting. Overall the scarcest thing about this film is people actually thought this was terrifying at one time. There are way worse films out there but if you’re hunting for movies for the 70s era hell there are a lot better.