Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Evil Animals Triple Feature|
Actor: Andrew Prine
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Grizzly An eighteen-foot, two thousand pound Grizzly bear terrorizes campers and hikers at a state park. This frustrates the head Park Ranger (Christopher George) and decides to hunt it down. His efforts however were thwar... more »
Two of William Girdler's best films get great DVD treatment
O. B. Tryggvason | Gardabaer Iceland | 09/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this set solely for the two William Girdler movies; Day of the Animals and Grizzly. I have yet to view Devil Dog.
I read that William Girdler was a master low-budget filmmaker who felt movies did not have to be expensive to be hugely entertaining. Reading his filmography he seemed to be a real expert at capitalizing on a film's success and making a rip off of that film. That is the case with Grizzly, his most successful movie. Made a year after the phenomenal success of Jaws, the film earned the nickname "Jaws with claws".
It's very entertaining and somewhat suspenseful. It's low-budger, for sure, but made with passion and some of the gore effects here aren't half bad. The likable Christopher George does well in the lead and if you like these killer animal flicks than you won't want to miss Grizzly.
As for Day of the Animals, well, I liked that one too. It's no masterpiece but it deals with a hot topic at the time (the diminshing ozone layer and here it affects the animal life in negative ways) in a fun way. It must be said that it's stretched and not much happens for a long time but it's fairly atmospheric and those animal attacks are handled splendidly. Leslie Nielsen is dynamic as a crazy ad exec who feels he can take on a grizzly bear.
William Girdler's life was cut way too short but Grizzly and Day of the Animals are prime examples of how enthusiasm and drive could be all you needed to make films in the most interesting period of American moviemaking. Low-budget but ambitious movies aimed to entertain and they do just that.
Shriek Show presents these films in a very respectful manner. Grizzly is loaded with special features along with being presented in a very nice transfer. Two versions are included of Day of the Animals; a television print that is slightly cropped (at 1.85:1) which is marginally cleaner than the theatrical cut (in it's proper widescreen presentation 2.35:1). The television print is clean and good but I'd recommend the correct aspect ratio despite the occasional wear and tear."
Three Movies, Great Price
M. K. Delorean | Los Angeles, CA United States | 06/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I got this box set because my cousin has fond memories of "Day of the Animals". I thought that movie was OK, the animal action was well directed and the movie had a sense of occasion, but overall I wasn't that impressed. Grizzly was a bit worse in my opinion. The gem here is Devil Dog which was really well done. For me the dog never looked scary at all, it was cute and never menacing, other reviewers certainly disagree, but no matter because over all this is a great little horror gem. For the price you might as well get all 3 movies."