Sunday, October 23, 2011

10-21-11: This is a zoo. This is a zoo on drugs.

WILD BEASTS (BELVE FEROCI) (1984) ** D: Franco Prosperi. John Aldrich, Lorraine De Selle, Ugo Bologna.

A series of unfortunate events result in a nightmare for a city. The local water supply is somehow tainted with PCP and the animals in the city zoo are drinking the brunt of it. When the zoo's new automation system fails, the enraged animals are released and spread out into the city. Lions, tigers, bears, oh my!!

What could be a pretty cool premise for a thriller turns into your typical animals attack exploitation movie. For the most part the situations that the animals find themselves in come off as unintentionally funny as opposed to scary. A polar bear wanders into school, a tiger finds its way onto a subway train that is between stations and so on. The only effective sequence was when a cheetah was chasing down a woman in a VW bug.

The acting is bad but because this was the english language dub they seem to come off as being worse. Perhaps the original version with "proper" english subtitling is slightly better but not by much.

This is not something you wanna watch just for the sake of watching it. You'll find more enjoyment watching it with a crowd and reveling in their reactions to the events unfolding on the screen.

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