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So, I very much remember this VHS box fading on the shelf of pretty much every video rental place I went from the mid-80's to the late 90's. I think it was usually in the horror section, which is an inaccurate place to put the movie, but it's not action, either. But I never thought much about it - I just didn't rent it. Looked like a movie about a large bear eating people, and I was pretty far into my 30's before I realized I liked movies about large animals giving humanity a bad time.
So, apparently there's a sequel that was never released, and it includes actors like Louise Fletcher, John Rhys Davies, George Clooney and.. most importantly.. Laura Dern. Shot in 1983, it's just NOW about to get a release. And I figured "well, I don't want to not know what happened in the first one...", and even though the original is 100% Laura Dern-free, Jamie and I fired it up.
Friends: what if Jaws, but bear?
That is the question posited by Grizzly, the highest earning independent movie ever when it was released in 1976. And I'm not exaggerating - someone went to see Jaws and wrote down the events of that movie, and tried to map their own script onto the story of Jaws. But instead of a 25 foot shark, we have a 15' grizzly bear. Instead of a Sheriff, we have a Captain of the Park Rangers.
They even include scenes like the Captain getting drunk when someone gets killed, and a spooky monologue about a herd of grizzlies eating people. There are three main characters, but one of them (played by "that guy" actor Richard Jaeckel) is a mix of Hooper and Quint (he even wears Hooper's little hat).
There's a Park Manager who doesn't want to shut the park down, invites in hunters... you're maybe familiar with the plot.
Anyway - it's also kind of plodding and gives you an idea what Spielberg and his editors did so well that this movie did not. But, again, wildly successful!
Anyhoo... I want to podcast this with Simon at some point. So, more to come.