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Retro Review: Grizzly

Once there was a movie called Jaws, and it featured a shark killing innocent swimmers. That was back in 1975, and it was a huge hit.

A year later, a movie came out called Grizzly, and it featured a grizzly bear killing innocent campers and hikers. Suffice to say, it was the highest grossing independent movie of 1976.

I was intrigued by Grizzly as a boy, because the movie's poster was featured on the back of comic books everywhere, and it looked great, especially to a pre-teen boy. How does the movie stack up now that I'm a middle-age man?

Pretty good actually!

There's a lot of gore in Grizzly, which I appreciated. It also distracts from the fact you don't get to see much of the bear. Just a claw here, and a muzzle there. Oh sure, they reveal the beast for the final act, and might have actually used a real bear too. Then they blow it up with a bazooka (spoiler alert).

The plot is a straight rip off of Jaws, but I didn't mind. I wanted to see a grizzly bear kill some folks, and some of those folks were hot chicks, which means I got to look at hot chicks, so colour me happy. Christopher George, Andrew Prine and Richard Jaekel do an OK job of filling the Brody, Hooper and Quint roles.

Grizzly is a fun B-movie best enjoyed with a few pints. It's not high art, but we're not after that here in The Basement. For what it is, it's a Good!


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