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Cult Fiction Underground: Grizzly 

When: Fri., Nov. 9, 8 & 10 p.m. 2012
Louisville-born director William Girdler’s motto was “Make ’em fast and cheap,” and he lived up to it by shooting nine feature films between 1972 and his untimely death in 1978 at the age of 30. His most successful and probably best-known film is the 1976 feature Grizzly, which seems to have been shot from a pirate copy of the script for Jaws with the words “shark” and “water” changed throughout to “bear” and “woods.” But that ballsy, blatant theft helps make it an exploitation classic. Yes, indeed, a bear does shit in the woods; it also maims campers, mutilates rangers, eats wooden buildings, takes out a helicopter (!), and eventually blows up real good, but not until it’s given the Super ’70s triumverate of Christopher George, Andrew Prine and Richard Jaeckel a swat of its mighty paw. What, you say you’ve seen this all before, and you’re holding out for the legendary never-released sequel featuring the pre-stardom George Clooney, Charlie Sheen and Laura Dern? Like his pal the honey badger, old Grizzly truly don’t care — as the poster promised, he’s “18 feet of gut-crunching, man-eating terror!”
— Randy Fox

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