HThere is a movie that for decades has been nothing more than a rumor: an amazing movie, so bad it is masterpiece to be savored by masochists and connoisseurs of horror. Seeing it, my face became a replica of Munch’s Scream. This is the fortunately lost 1983 film Grizzly II: Revenge (sometimes known as Grizzly II: Predator or Grizzly II: The Concert), the proposed sequel to the mediocre but profitable 1976 Jaws impersonation Grizzly, about a huge bear that turns ape, if you will, after his cubs are killed by poachers and conceives a murderous hatred for all humans lost in his forest.
Grizzly II was abandoned after filming ended (featuring a 16-foot mechanical bear and a Hungarian forest representing a US national park). But its producer Suzanne C Nagy, after 37 years of legal wrangling, finally shaped the raw footage, scandalously augmented it with new ambient footage, repeating the same drone shots of the forest and footage of frolicking puppies, and released shamelessly. capitalizing on the extraordinary fact that the first three children to be killed by the mad brown bear are played by George Clooney (22 years old), Laura Dern (16) and Charlie Sheen (18), with long hair and denim dresses. This triple cameo before they were famous lasts only a few minutes, but future megastars are blatantly billed above the title.
The film also features an appearance while fame by Louise Fletcher (Ratched Nurse from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), playing the bland civil servant who, in the style of the mayor in Jaws, refuses to let the reported bear eruption. lead to the cancellation of a lucrative pop concert near the forest and an extraordinary appearance by John Rhys-Davies as Robert Shaw-ish de Bouchard, the “French-Indian” bear hunter who hates creatures since one killed to his wife and daughters. They are all duly credited, but amazingly, there is also a small role for our very own Timothy Spall, playing the concert sound engineer and wearing the same type of side cap he had on Life Is Sweet, and he is not credited at all! Could it be that the people behind this release don’t know who he is? Or does Mr. Spall, understandably, want his name removed?
Seeing this movie is a nightmare in every way. Each bear attack consists of a cheesy close-up of the victim’s wide-eyed screaming face, a flash of the mechanical bear, which looks like a display item from a moth-eaten old taxidermist, a roar on the soundtrack, and the actor. lying shyly face down. on the floor. The movie’s outdoor concert scenes mean we have to sit around watching nonsensical images of boring local bands. But you have to give it to the evil geniuses who created Grizzly II: Revenge. These thousands of children at the concert were not “extras”. Obviously, the film’s producers had created a real concert for young Hungarians from the Soviet era starving for show business, with real customers. It is quite a business model.
Once the lockdown is lifted, Nagy maybe should try to get the film released as a double project with Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man. Motto: Can you take it?
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism