Home Video | Review by Dan Taylor
all we need is a killer bear on the loose."
I know, I know. One-word-titled,
flick. Come on, admit it. You're thinking
this is just a rip-off in the PIRANHA, ORCA,
UP FROM THE DEPTHS vein.
Well, I'm here to tell ya
that GRIZZLY is nothing like those
flicks -- there isn't a body of water to
be seen throughout the 92-minute running
time. On the other hand, GRIZZLY is
essentially JAWS IN A BEAR SUIT.
Let's see, there's the leading
man civil servant (Christopher George) battling
the evil, uncaring official (Joe Dorsey)
with the help of a species expert (Richard
Jaeckel) and a war veteran (Andrew Prine)
with a vehicle used for tracking the creature
(helicopter). Did I fail to mention the
gaggle of stupid hunters and the recreational
facility that's bursting at the seams with
fresh meat for the titular beast? Well,
there's that, too.
If you've seen JAWS (or any
of the flicks mentioned above) then this
is a pretty paint-by-the-numbers entry in
the "humungous animal" genre,
and nothing you'll see will shock or surprise.
However, give GRIZZLY director William Girdler
(who doesn't even rate a credit on the video
box!) credit for the overused Grizzly-Cam,
soon appropriated by every slasher film
director between 1980 and 1997!
Last question... how do you
not hear a 15' tall, 2000-lb., heavily-pantying
grizzly bear approaching. Oh, and when you
do hear it, how do you possibly mistake
it for your friend?