DAY OF THE ANIMALS (1977)
Article 3610 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-18-2011
Posting Date: 7-3-2011
Directed by William Girdler
Featuring Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George
What it is: Nature runs amok
A group of vacationers takes a hike in the mountains, unaware of the fact that the depleted ozone layer has started to make the animals act hostile.
Director William Girdler had previously given us the JAWS-ripoff GRIZZLY; here he returns once again to the killer animals theme, this time widening the range somewhat to include birds, bears, wolves, dogs, snakes, rats, etc. It doesn’t seem to be borrowing from any one movie in particular; there’s a bit of FROGS, a bit of THE BIRDS, a bit of WILLARD. If anything, it owes more of its structure to the Disaster Movie genre. The movie is fairly predictable and seems to be written to order, but I will give it a little credit for at least venturing into the possibility that the same madness that infected the animals might also infect the humans, but it really doesn’t go far with the idea, nor does it ever really ask why the animals don’t become more vicious to each other rather than just to humans. The ending has the air of the movie trying to have it both ways. All in all, it’s uninspired but mildly entertaining.