|Copyright 1979 Paramount Pictures
| Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'
- Rob - Medical doctor called in to investigate claims of pollution. He does not want children.
- Maggie - Talia Shire! (Adrian from all the Rocky movies.) Rob's wife who managed to get pregnant.
- John Hawks - Armand Assante! Indian leader who is fighting to save their land, bear swats him for a home run.
- Ramona - Hawk's wife who rarely talks and usually looks like a scared rabbit. Yet everyone comments on her bravery.
- Mr. Isley - Spokesman for the papermill, eaten by the bear.
- M'Rai - Ramona's grandfather who is senile (due to Mercury poisoning). Tries to pet the pretty bear, becomes chew toy, goes on to a better place.
- Helicopter Pilot - Bear eats his head.
- Campers - Food for bear, one of which is the famous "exploding sleeping bag."
- Kataden - A huge grizzly bear mutated by Mercury poisoning.
|Amazing what one or two improbable death scenes can do for a movie isn't it? I was dead certain this one would get one slime when the "exploding sleeping bag" scene arrived. Knocked it right up to a two.
Rob is a inner city doctor, treating all sorts of ailments in the slums. Here comes a management type, "We need you to go investigate a dispute in the wilderness of Maine, it's between a papermill and the indian tribes." Rob looked at the guy dumbfounded. I looked at the guy dumbfounded. It was in the script so we had no choice; that, my friends, is how you get an inner city doctor into backwoods Maine.
The indians do not want the forest cut down, arguing that the paper mill already damages the environment. The lumberjacks are certain the rash of disappearences have been caused by the Native Americans. What is happening defies logic: a huge mutated grizzly bear is loose! (In Maine - only black bears live there, check Bears.org.)
Tempers are near boiling when our hero arrives. He figures out that something is wrong after seeing a duck eaten by a fish. Finding the partially drowned cubs of Kataden helps convince everyone else. So what does he do with it? Oh, he takes it back to camp... ...terrific idea brainiac. When momma bear comes looking for her offspring a whole bunch of people die. Rob kills the bear by STABBING it with an arrow!
Not many actors in this film deserved their title, especially Maggie. They broke the mold when they made her, to make sure there weren't any more.
|Things I Learned From This Movie:|| |
- Bloodhounds are related to lemmings.
- A scene involving three mutilated corpses and a dead dog does not go well with soothing music.
- Lumberjacks are better at planting forests than God.
- Raccoons stick to boat oars like glue.
- A fetus follows Darwin's Theory of Evolution during development.
- You can hear a woman sobbing above the racket of a serious storm.
- It's always the fat guy who gets hurt and needs to be carried ten miles through the wilderness.
- Bearded men are resistant to crushing.
- 7 mins - Yo! Adrian! (Hehehehe!)
- 16 mins - Why is that helicopter carrying a dog in a sling?
- 24 mins - Chainsaw versus axe fight!
- 37 mins - What terrific acting...
- 44 mins - That is going to be a darn big frog.
- 55 mins - Look at her dummy. Why is your wife acting so funny? Hint: She's pregnant you daft bastard.
- 70 mins - Getting the idea that your wife is knocked up yet? No? Okay, you are a rock...
- 93 mins - Little nipply out here, huh Ramona?
- 98 mins - Why is Rob using pro wrestling moves against this bear?
- Mr. Isley: "People start disappearing, the indians spread the word that they were taken by Kataden. That's one of their legends, they call it Kataden. He he he..."
| ||Audio clips in wav format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||Hawks: "And which supreme court is that Mr. Isley?" |
Mr Isely: "The Supreme Court of the United States."
Hawks: "Yes we've tried that supreme court, now we're going to one that's higher."
||Mr. Isley: "Go on! Go test the water; we got nothing to hide!"
||Rob: "Freakism! That's what's been going on out there, that's why there's a God damned salmon five feet long and a tadpole the size of what a bullfrog should be!"
||Maggie: "It's not a nightmare that's going to end. It's just beginning because it's inside me."
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|The one single reason you must watch this movie: |
57 mins - The "exploding sleeping bag."
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Reply #1. Posted on May 12, 1999, 06:22:59 AM by firstname.lastname@example.org
Saw this movie a long time ago and I just about p**sed my pants when the kid was killed in the sleeping bag. Truly one of the funniest death scenes in movie history.
Reply #2. Posted on July 10, 1999, 05:56:37 PM by email@example.com
That movie scared me to death. I thought the sleeping bag scene was scary AND a little funny. I also have the book. I think this is one of the great horror movies. Think about it, every other movie I know of you can tell when the monster is coming this one gets you by surprise every time. Best watched at night during a storm.
Reply #3. Posted on September 06, 1999, 09:56:52 PM by Travis Besst ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
The one thing that sets this film apart is that it
was directed by former Wunderkind John
Frankenheimer and truth be told, some of thye
visuals are memorable. In particular the seen in
the tunnel with close-ups of sweaty, fear striken
faces ( an obvious hommage to the 'Dawn of Man'
sequence in Kubrick's '2001').
Obviously the film is crap though, but crap of a
more enjoyable kind than we see the
Reply #4. Posted on October 20, 1999, 05:06:47 AM by JHEPLER@AOl.COm
Believe it or not, this movie is often listed as rated PG. At the local video store, that's what the box says. I suppose they had it reclasyified(ugh, bad spelling). Oh yeah, and this movie, while bad, is moderately entertaning. It was really to bad that one indian guy got smacked upside the head and flew 50 feet. He was the best character, what with the chainsaw scene and all the arrows he smacked into the bear. Oh yeah, and why did they keep those cubs?
Reply #5. Posted on March 17, 2003, 07:16:35 PM by MessiahMan
Jesus...I choked over the sleeping bag scene it was so funny. Kind of slow, but entertaining enough. Was worth my rental.
Reply #6. Posted on December 30, 1999, 06:54:05 PM by Saxscribe@wwdb.org
This movie scared me so bad when I was a kid I was incapable of moving in my bed for hours! Today I laugh my behind off at the rampant silliness. My heart goes out to John Frankenheimer, the director. He was so disappointed at this particular favor he was incapable of working for years! Still this is one of my favorite bad movies. In fact seeing this sight makes me want to watch it again! Just one teeny-weeny complaint...the movie was shot in widescreen (2:35:1) when will Paramount get off of its buttocks and release a print of it letterboxed on DVD or video. They have just done it to Friday the 13th Parts 1 and 2 so there is some hope. Keep the faith folks and stay scared!
Reply #7. Posted on June 13, 2000, 02:53:00 PM by Chris
This was the first horror movie I ever saw. I was 8 years old, and me and my cousin saw it at countryside mall in Clearwater, FL. It really freaked me out. I have never forgotten the bear cub in the river scene, or the sleeping bag scene. And I could never forget that nipple scene...that was a big deal for an 8 year old.
Reply #8. Posted on July 07, 2000, 01:14:49 AM by John
I did not see the movie when it came out in theaters although I remember being freaked out by the movie poster
picture when it was in the paper's show schedule. My parents
saw the movie telling me about it which sparked my interest
years later in renting it. I went camping in Montana/Colorado mountains after seeing this movie and it
did creep me out to think about the ugly creatures and what
if these bears could get that nasty looking. The sleeping
bag scene is one of the funniest horror movie death scenes.
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