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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a total waste of time...., 11 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Bear [DVD] (DVD)
Ok...this isn't a great movie. But it's not total rubbish either.
I bought this in a boxset with Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and Lockjaw. It was in a sale and, being a lover of bad horror films, I thought I'd give it a try.
Bear was, by far, the best of the 3 films. Admittedly, when the bear attacks it's not frightening and you don't really see anything. BUT - I actually found that the makers did a pretty decent job of building the tension. At it's core, this film is actually about a dysfunctional relationship between two brothers - who are forced to deal with their issues because they're trapped by a big damned bear!
In all honesty it could have been any dangerous animal and the script would have worked. It could even have been a natural disaster that trapped the characters in the car.
I think by calling the film Bear and having a 'scary-looking' bear on the cover it gives totally the wrong impression of the film. This was definitely much, much better than the above mentioned films or others such as Anaconda 3 & 4. Just don't watch it if you're expecting a scary horror film...because you won't get one.
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Initial post: 8 Jun 2011 15:07:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2011 15:38:22 BDT
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.
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