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Day of the Animals
     

Day of the Animals

Director: William Girdler, Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George

Cast: William Girdler, Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George

 

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An interesting low-budget entry in the post-Jaws animals-run-amok genre (which also owes more than a little to Hitchcock's The Birds), this noisy, violent thriller features the prophetic premise of a widening gap in the ozone layer (thanks to human indulgences in hairspray and other aerosol products)

Overview

An interesting low-budget entry in the post-Jaws animals-run-amok genre (which also owes more than a little to Hitchcock's The Birds), this noisy, violent thriller features the prophetic premise of a widening gap in the ozone layer (thanks to human indulgences in hairspray and other aerosol products) which unleashes brain-frying radiation and causes assorted woodland creatures to go for the throats of unsuspecting Sierra backpackers. As if that weren't horrific enough, the poor kids are also placed in the position of defending themselves against a rampaging Leslie Nielsen -- whose hammy performance will probably have fans of the Naked Gun series and their ilk waiting for a punch line that never arrives. Perennial B-movie couple Christopher George and Lynda Day George round out the cast. Day of the Animals is also known as Something Is out There.

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This intriguing entry into the revenge-of-nature cycle of the 1970s shouldn't work, but it does. The script has some problems that would seem insurmountable under normal circumstances: the scientific explanation for the animals' sudden psychosis isn't ever put forth in a credible manner, the characterizations are pretty basic, and some of the subplots, namely the one with Leslie Nielsen's character suddenly going crazy, are a bit too goofy to really work. That said, Day of the Animals works quite effectively at a visceral B-movie level thanks to plenty of technical polish on both sides of the camera. Veteran B-auteur William Girdler directs with a considerable amount of style, using the scope format to give the visuals a grand look and handling the animal-attack scenes with vigor and solid timing. He also uses a fantastic B-movie cast that adds some much-needed heft to the characterizations; Christopher George and Michael Ansara make good square-jawed heroes and Leslie Nielsen turns in a delirious, over-the-top villainous performance that is hard to forget. In short, Day of the Animals is definitely a B-movie, but it's a very entertaining and viewer-friendly one for fans of the form. Anyone who enjoyed Frogs or Kingdom of the Spiders will definitely get a kick out of this film.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2013
UPC:
0851740003994
Original Release:
1977
Source:
Scorpion Records
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Brand new 16x9 (2:35.1) anamorphic master in HD from the orignal interpositive, first time anywhere in the world; Brand new 5.1 surround sound, created from the film's original three stripe mag.; Interviews with actors Jon Cedar and Paul Mantee; Fun facts and trivia segment with Mr Pickles and Kat

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher George Steve Buckner
Leslie Nielsen Paul Jenson
Lynda Day George Terry Marsh
Richard Jaeckel Prof. MacGregor
Michael Ansara Daniel Santee
Ruth Roman Mrs. Shirley Goodwin
Jon Cedar Frank Young
Paul Mantee Roy Moore
Walter Barnes Ranger Tucker
Bob Porter Jon Goodwyn
Michael Rougas Military Officer
Gil Lamb Old Man in Bar
Andrew Stevens Bob Dennings
Susan Backlinie Mandy Young
Kathleen Bracken Beth Hughes
Michelle Stacy Little Girl
Garrison True TV Announcer

Technical Credits
William Girdler Director
Bub Asman Editor
Michael R. Faeth Costumes/Costume Designer
James Mitchell Editor
Edward L. Montoro Producer
Eleanor E. Norton Screenwriter
William W. Norton Screenwriter
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Bob Sorrentino Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Day of the Animals
1. Chapter 1 [8:55]
2. Chapter 2 [5:48]
3. Chapter 3 [5:33]
4. Chapter 4 [8:22]
5. Chapter 5 [8:48]
6. Chapter 6 [7:25]
7. Chapter 7 [7:12]
8. Chapter 8 [6:01]
9. Chapter 9 [5:12]
10. Chapter 10 [6:23]
11. Chapter 11 [6:09]
12. Chapter 12 [2:41]
13. Chapter 13 [6:59]
14. Chapter 14 [6:21]
15. Chapter 15 [5:36]

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