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½ May 23, 2013
If the actors that were hired to play the victims of the killer Grizzly Bear in Grizzly were better actors or were told to shake the atmosphere a but with some screaming instead of just an awkward silence and a recurring strand walk, the thrills in Grizzly would have been a lot better.
But considering what it got away with on such a low budget, Grizzly is interesting.

Among the more positive notes, the general idea behind Grizzly is a scary one because being trapped in the woods with a massive hungry killer bear nearby would be a scary as hell situation, and at times I thought certain thrills were conveyed to a decent extent, but could have been better if better actors were hired to play the victims.
Plus, for the standards of low budget Jaws rip offs, this one is one of the better ones as it deviates away from the concept of horror in the ocean and attempts to draw it into the theme of a killer bear which it succeeds to on a half-decent extent of a B-movie scale.
Also, lead actor Christopher George gave a surprisingly good performance as the hunter who mirrors Roy Scheider's role in Jaws, and although there is no possibility that he could reach the same legacy, he does well in terms of capturing the charisma of a determined forest ranger, and he had good chemistry with Joan McCall who was also good, so Grizzly had a decent lead cast.
Lastly, the musical score was good and many of the tracking shots were of good quality and brought out the beauty of the forest that Grizzly was filmed in very nicely.

But Grizzly isn't believable and can't standalone without its legacy as a Jaw knock off
And half the time it's obvious that the producers are using a toy helicopter in shots because the sound effects crew didn't bother to match them up with the actual sound effect that would be heard as a real helicopter passed, and it commonly looks too small without appearing too distant to be convincing.
And it's clear that the editing crew had little to work with because the same several shots of the bear are used again and again, and the only things they could use in the death scenes that were covered up under the water like in Jaws were false bear arms and claws, as well as pretend body parts to have slashed from the victims, and it becomes repetitive fast and not convincing, then again embracing that the bear is slashing parts off people is part of the intended stupid fun in Grizzly. I don't really think I felt it though, and really that's the main problem.

So Grizzlt tried hard and had the best intentions, but there's only so long you can sit through the same repetitive footage of a bear attempting to be pulled of as a massive killer Grizzly. But you'd expect that from the standards set.
½ April 20, 2013
05.06.2006
19.04.2013
March 2, 2013
1970s Jaws rip-off is campy, bloody and mostly boring.
January 26, 2013
While not even in the same league as Jaws in a longshot in terms of directing, acting, and storyline. Grizzly does have it's effective moments and some intense scenes.Christopher George is the forest ranger who must stop a grizzly bear from elimating tourists who camp at the forest park. It is the same storyline as Jaws but in land instead where the greedy mayor will not close the area because of revenue and a specialist in bears(Richard Jaeckel)helps George in his quest to kill the beast before it kills many innocent victims. You know what happens when the forest ranger and the Grizzly go head to head together in the final showdown. It's fun to see the overemoting of people being attacked and then killed by the grizzly. And the killing is pretty hardcore for a PG rated movie(PG-13 did not exist til '84.)But it's good campy fun.
July 17, 2012
My favourite Jaws knock-off, this flick has everything i love in a 70's B-Movie. WATCH FOR: The guy in the red toque who could be Weird Al's brother mugging at the camera while his wife gets mauled, scene never fails to induce fits of laughter.
July 13, 2012
Dimwitted 'Jaws' on land that delivers more through shock value rather than suspense. Entertaining drive-in fluff.
July 1, 2012
stupid rip-off of jaws
June 17, 2012
Disgusting horror film that starts with nice scenery and score, but gets worse and worse and absolutely increasingly worse as it goes along. A grizzly bear, without any motive what-so-ever, terrorizes tourists in the woods of someplace believed to be the Pacific Northwest (though according to Vincent Canby's review, it is filmed in Georgia). At first it looks a black bear killing everyone, but somehow, it turns into a grizzly bear (!) and it at times doesn't look very mean. In fact, the bear at times has a black body and a brown head. The filmmakers decided that it was good idea to a show kid, a black bear cub (of which I believe the idiotic characters think it is also a grizzly bear and decide to cuddle and pet), and a horse, get killed or mutilated by a grizzly bear. Lame, sad, and pathetic, and to my disappointment, not funny for all the wrong reasons.
June 3, 2012
Did Kubrick rip off the opening credits of this movie for The Shining? The anamorphic cinematography is pretty nuts throughout. Can you believe they actually showed a six-year-old boy getting his leg ripped off? Apart from some fairly gruesome imagery, Grizzly is a sad and ridiculously boring affair. They shamelessly steal practically every plot point from Jaws with none of the intelligence.
December 2, 2011
The First Movie I Remember Seeing At The Outdoor Theater
TheDudeLebowski65
Super Reviewer
September 17, 2011
Grizzly has got the reputation of being one of the first of many Jaws rip offs. This tale of nature gone wild is one enjoyable horror film. If you can forget that this is a rip-off of Jaws, then you're sure to enjoy this awesome horror film. Grizzly is one of those Cult films that you're just happy to rediscover. Though it was inspired by Jaws, Grizzly is gem of a film. The acting is pretty good considering that this is a low budget film, and the bear attacks are quite impressive too. What I like about the film is that they used a live bear to make the film. Grizzly felt very realistic. I really enjoyed the blood and gore. I felt that Grizzly is very underrated. Yes, it is a rip off of Jaws, but that doesn't mean it's a bad film. The film quite good and it's a very impressive film with a good enough, but predictable plot. In the end, does it really matter? The Grizzly keeps the body bags full, and there's plenty of carnage on-screen to appeal to horror fans. Grizzly is also one of the better Jaws rip offs along with Piranha. Some people have said that the acting was awful, and the dialogue was bad, but I actually found the performances and dialogue to be quite good. The star of this film is of course, the bear. Grizzly is a fun, entertaining film that delivers good chills and a good time. For a Jaws rip-off, this is a great, obscured gem that Cult horror fans will relish.
August 11, 2011
Cheesy but solid and lots of blood. Surprised they got away with a PG rating.
June 18, 2011
"Jaws in the woods" or "Jaws with claws" is what they call this 70's cash-in about an eighteen foot grizzly running wild in a heavily populated camp ground. This maybe an unfair generalization as Grizzly uses the framework of animal-gone-crazy-in-a-popular-resort and establishes itself as it's own entity. There is a scene where the hunters are in the woods and one of the rangers tells a story very similar to Quint's war story and yes, it feels a little like plagiarism at that point. But this film is a great deal cheaper and certainly not as well written. POV bear shots and extreme close ups help dance around actually having to use a bear in most of the shots of the first 2 acts. For the most part, Grizzly is an enjoyable B-film with some amusing "bear" attacks and an impressive third act once the actual bear shows up. Comparing it to Jaws will lead to disappointment, but if watched as campy fluff, it's a pretty good time.
½ June 4, 2011
This film has bear cam! take that all you shakey cam people! This film is fun in a cheeseball way, the bear is a towering beast that will make Smokey crap his pants, the acting is as you would expect in a film of this nature but the helicopter pilot gets off some funny lines.,the bear does tear off a kids leg and knocks a horses head into next week - the blood is a nice shade of red and seems to splatter like smooshed strawberries - i enjoyed the film and it left me wondering if a rocket launcher could really explode a bear without throwing bear guts all over kingdom come...remember if ya' wake up with a wet muzzle in your face, it's not mine!
Super Reviewer
May 17, 2011
One of those its so bad its good. Coming out in 1976, its fair to say possibly ripped off or inspired by jaws. a grizzly bear instead of a shark terrorising a park, and like jaws they need those dollers and dont need reputation. and like jaws the 3 guys are in this. and many more. even a crappy version of a bear attacking indians speech no doubt inspired by that speech in jaws. its sily takes itself seriously but it tries, and it is entertaining in a not to good way
April 13, 2011
There is a five minute and eleven seconds worth of credits opening this epic deep woods adventure tale. The whole time the audience is treated to a helicopter ride over trees and woods and trees. Wonder making.

The dialogue in this thing could only have been written in the late 70s. It is a mixture of pure stupidity, misogynist tripe, and simpleton plot driving gibberish. My theory is that every one in the 70s was either so coked up or could not hear over the crunching of the lead based paint chips to really pay attention to what they were saying to each other.

Aside from that, film scores suffered from a similar malaise. If they were not rock opera disco jams, then they were the banjo picking symphonic equivalent of wall to wall shag carpeting. Rarely did the music enhance the mood or theme of the action, most of the time it was just loud and full of crumbs. GRIZZLY is no exception. In fact, the foot chases where man goes after bear are meant to capture the light hearted whimsy of similar scenes in JAWS, where the boat bounces along in full hunter fisherman glee.

What does this movie do right? Brutality. A lot of people die. Most of them main characters. In fact, aside from the park ranger who decides to strip to her underwear to put her feet in the creek, most of the victims have actual lines of dialogue. Still see above about that significance. A horse is decapitated, humans are dismembered (including a KID!) and at least one lady is pinponged against some trees while her whole hippy camp friends watch. The effects are good only that they are quick and the camera does not let the audience focus on the cheapness of them.

Overall, Good Movie.
FilmFanatik
Super Reviewer
February 17, 2011
Another in the long line of 'so good it's bad' movies, this complete and utter Jaws echo is about as much fun as you could hope for from a killer grizzly bear movie. The highlight of the thing for me would be the bear decapitating a horse. I laughed extremely hard at that. The whole thing is cliche'd, over the top and just horrible - but damn is it entertaining. If you sit back and try not to take this seriously, you'll have a good time.
February 4, 2011
Including POV bear attacks, Grizzly is a cheesetastic entry in the 70s animal attacks genre that was inaugurated by Jaws. Starring the always awesome Christopher George (City of the Living Dead), Grizzly is a consistently absurd yet hilarious and entertaining piece of horror cinema. And the final death scene is just too over-the-top and classic to spoil here.
½ February 3, 2011
Turned out exactly as I thought it would. Is almost completely a character and plot rip-off on Jaws. Some scenes even seem like they were pulled out of the movie. It starts of pretty ridiculus but does get a little better as the story goes on. Best part of the film is that they use real Bear footage.
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