​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

INCREDIBLY OBSCURE FILM DEPARTMENT

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

GRIZZLY (1976)


I remembered seeing Grizzly in the movies as a kid – it’s funny how some movies will vanish from your brain moments after you see them and some will stick like Teflon to your head.  Grizzly to me was Teflon.  The movie’s pretty much Jaws with a giant grizzly bear running amuck in a national park instead of a killer shark at the seashore.  Park ranger Christopher George has to figure out a way to trap or kill this thing (which gets lots of first-person shots, including looking at its own fiercely swinging giant paws).  We the viewers see arms fly off a few hapless victims, decapitations, an almost-naked female park ranger get bear-hugged behind a waterfall – you name it, it’s in here, and with grisly, bright-red 70s blood!  How in the heck did this get a PG rating?  It also has the equal of the Amityville mayor who won’t close the beaches – here, here’s the park ranger’s boss (Joe Dorsey) who says the rest of the park is safe! There’s even a grizzly-vs-helicopter scene that I hadn’t seen before or since.  Grizzly is pretty formula, derivative – but it’s done right, by gosh, down to those bear point-of-view shots.  Thanks to director William Girdler, Grizzly just might be the Citizen Kane of bearsploitation films!


TLA one word review: bearable