Hi again, a good review, easily the best film out of those 3! You're right about the cover being possibly misleading, but cover art is supposed to sell a film & I actually think the film approach is far better. There's way too much demonisation of normal animals that attack people rarely, and are usually provoked when they do. 'Bear' (how naff a title is that, 'Grizzly' would have been way better), like any decent horror, sets out the characters first and what they are going through with each ther before the horror is unleashed, that often only adds to their already present dilemma.
I'm glad you reviewed this, bear-ly (sory) anyone knows about it and those that do received it wrongly. It's unfortunate it's packed with those 2 pieces of cheddary-tripe. I'd only add that it's unfair to mention the attacks aren't frightening. Bears are cuddly, but are not when they're trying to kill you and as 99% of the audience will never suffer a pissed off bear, the small screen will only deliver what you choose to get from it, but I found it worked well. The acting certainly carried it through and the use of a real bear was a bonus. As far as scary goes, lions look dopey, until angered. Unlikely animals like deer, ostriches and kangaroos have badly injured or killed people before now, yet no one would call them frightening, but I take your point.
As a well made nature-goes-nuts horror which we never get enough of (not least when genetic tampering ISN'T involved) in a world full of torture porn, A-listers being dead in twist-ending melodramas involving car crashes, slashers & radiation-bearing cannibals that is all we ever get from mainstream horror today, I'd say this delivers big time, and I'm glad you agree for the most part. It's better than 'Piranha 3D' too, despite its low budget.
Perhaps the end scene could have been better, and the brothers should have run, but it stil pulled that scene off a hell of a lot better than when I last saw an angry bear some 30 years before this film (misguided 'The Day Of The Animals' from '76), which should have been far better than it was.