Claws (1977)

CLAWS (1977)
Article 2301 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-14-2007
Posting Date: 11-30-2007
Directed by Richard Bansbach and R.E. Pierson
Featuring Jason Evers, Leon Ames, Anthony Caruso

A killer bear is loose in Alaska and a logger sets his sights on killing him. However, the bear may be supernatural…

With a 2.8 rating on IMDB, there’s little doubt that this killer bear ripoff of JAWS has a mighty low reputation. In some ways, it quite deserves it; its gratuitous and confusing use of flashbacks during the first half of the movie is annoying, the acting is quite abysmal at times, and some of the dialogue is howlingly bad; if anyone can explain to me what the comment “I’m a rock singer, not Walt Disney” has to do with being able to tell if there’s a bear in your van, I’d certainly love to hear it. Fortunately, the imitation is not slavish, and I rather grew to like some of the main characters. At least one of the bear attacks did make me jump, and the ending, though confusing, does generate a decent degree of suspense and excitement. In the end, with all its faults, I found it quite watchable and entertaining, and the addition of a supernatural element to the proceedings was quite welcome by me. I may even like this one better than GRIZZLY , which is probably the better movie.


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