Two days in a row that I get to watch a movie from the Maneater Series. How did I manage to get this lucky? Heh, oh yeh. I bought a bunch of movies from the series recently. I vaguely remember seeing parts of this movie when it first premiered on Syfy. Mainly I remember the scene with the bear climbing up and trashing the car. Since all I saw was that scene, I really wanted to watch the whole movie to see how things lead up to that part. It would be a few years later before I managed to watch the entire movie that is Grizzly Rage.
The plot: 4 college friends (Lauren, Ritch, Sean, and Wes) have just graduated college and are celebrating by going on an offroading trip. During the drive, they decide to detour from their original destination and drive through the Saranoc Grotto, ignoring the “No Trespassing” signs surrounding the place. As they drive through the trails, the accidentally run over a grizzly cub and crash into some trees. Realizing what they have done, and hearing the mother grizzly roaring in the distance, the four friends get back in the car and attempt to drive away. Before they get too far, the jeep, suffering from a cracked radiator, begins to overheat and they are forced to stop. Ritch and Wes go searching for some water but the bear attacks them, killing Ritch and injuring Wes before Sean and Lauren manage to get him back in the jeep. They drive off again but Wes, somewhat in shock, tries to force them to turn around, causing the jeep to roll over an embankment. They manage to get the jeep back on the trail and then Sean tries running back to the highway to get some help. A little ways down the trail, he comes across some rundown buildings and discovers some hunting equipment as well as some dead animals. Hearing the bear approaching, Sean tries to escape but ends up running into the bear, which attacks Sean and knocks him onto the roof of a building, where he rolls off into a chicken coop. Sean manages to make it back to the jeep before passing out from the pain and Wes tries climbing up a nearby ledge to see if he can get a signal on the cell phone, but the bear shows up and almost gets him. Wes gets back to the jeep and is hiding inside with Lauren and Sean when the bear attacks and smashes the jeep before backing away. That night, Sean wakes up long enough to tell them about the bear trap before he dies. Wes and LAuren manage to push/coast the jeep towards the cabin and Lauren goes looking for the bear trap. The bear smashes the window trying to get her and causes Lauren to fall and impale her back on the bear trap. Lauren heads back to the jeep but the bear follows and while Wes and Lauren hide inside, the bear rips the tailgate off and takes Sean’s body. Wes uses some gasoline to set a trap and, luring the bear back to the jeep, sets a fire which causes the jeep to explode but the bear is unharmed. Wes then tries to use his bloody clothes to distract the bear, allowing Lauren to escape. He manages to hide in a tree but when he drops the tire iron he was carrying, the bear sees him and shakes him out of the tree. Wes heads back to the cabin where Lauren manages to trap the bear in one of the cabins. Wes and Lauren start walking off but the bear manages to knock the cabin door down and kills them.
This was a pretty disappointing movie. The acting was tolerable….ok, that might be a bit of a stretch. The plot was very simplistic and if done right, it could have made for a decent movie. The action scenes…..now here is where my biggest problem lies with this movie. See they had a real bear for scenes just featuring the bear. But you never see a scene with the bear and the actors together. You would only see an arm. You also don’t really see the bear actually attacking the kids. Just cut aways to make it look like it had attacked them, while at points, some red “blood” was splattered across the camera. I expected much more from this film and was left so unsatisfied. Not really a recommended film.
Rating: 1 1/2 out of 5