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Grizzly Park

1 rating: -3.0
A movie directed by Tom Skull

Troubled pasts aren't the only danger for the eight teens in this classically styled horror film. Their sentences of community service send them to California state park, where they are stalked by two killers: a serial murderer named Butch and a … see full wiki

Director: Tom Skull
Genre: Horror
Release Date: April 4, 2008
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Grizzly Park

Grizzly Park - 2008

  • Dec 30, 2009
Rating:
-3
Pros: nada

Cons: above all else, the theme song

The Bottom Line:
"The other day, I_met_a_bear,
A great big bear, Oh way out there.
He looked at me, I looked_at him,
He sized up me, I sized_up him"
~John W. Bratton

We are dealt two mindless themes here in Grizzly Park. The beginning theme is the fact that a serial killer has escaped from the local prison and is roaming ‘them there woods’. The second theme is a group of 8 troubled youths is sent to Grizzly Park for a little community service. Well, truthfully, there is the fires raging about as well, and this is why Grizzly Park has been closed early for the season. However, other than the mention, the fires never come into play. Frankly, it would have been a high point of the movie.

After a little interlude between Ranger Bob and Ranger Mike [and so they are called throughout the movie], we switch to a highway with a county van traveling along. A tire blows and as the driver is changing the tire a man saunters out of the woods and asks if he needs help. After a bit of a chat between the two, where the driver divulges he is on his way to pick up the mis-deeded youths, the sauntering man kills him. Ah, ha, we say. We have found the serial killer and now he has a van to make his get away.

Does he? Hell no. He continues on to pick up the ragtag bunch of kids at the appointed location. I am brimming with curiosity as to why: 1] he didn’t make a get away, 2] they decide to let the kids [city kids by the way] enter the woods when there is a forest fire AND a serial killer on the loose, and 3] why weren’t the police making the exchange the slightest bit curious about the copious amount of blood on the shirt of the killer. Oh, and, what the flying frig happened to the original driver? Last seen he was dumped naked and bloody in the back of the transport van. Boggles the mind.

The youths are gathered up by the serial killer, now transport driver, and taken to the ranger station. This is your typical youth used in these type of films - rich boy/girl, ‘ho girl, Hispanic bad girl, White Supremist, local tough, shoplifter, computer geek, etc. Their gig entails trekking up the trails and picking up discarded trash along the way. Trouble with that theory, they walk single file and seldom pick up an iota of trash.

To make it even more surreal, serial killer remains to transport the sleeping gear and food to the appointed end of the trail for the kids and Ranger Bob. Again … why? Of course before he makes the trek he kills poor Ranger Mike who was just too cute for color TV, and dumb to boot.

Now supposedly the grizzlies are no longer anywhere near this park, run off by civilization. However, a shipment of wolves was dumped in the park and the local ranchers haven’t taken kindly to this, setting up traps all around. Ranger Bob admonishes the kids to always travel in pairs and never leave the appointed trails. Right. Like these kids listen to authority or as if Ranger Bob had any actual authority.

Irregardless, serial killer meets his maker but not until he brings the goodies to the top ranger station. So there’s that. Big ole bear ate him right up and I never did figure out what happened to his dang jeep because it is never seen again. Curious. In fact, from this point on, and it took a long dang time getting there, there is a body count of 11 and most of it ain’t pretty folks.

The special effects blowed chunks. You could plainly see the discarded body parts were fake. Well, I guess that is a good thing. Wouldn’t want real body parts strewn about come to think of it. They did use a real bear, I’ll give them credit for that. His name, in his real life, is Brody the Bear. He isn’t responsible for all the killings, there are those wolves too, don’t forget. And serial killer took out a couple on his own too.

Overall this is a pretty bad movie. They toss in a couple of twists at the end, making the movie even more idiotic, including the news girl who just stunk. Written and directed by Tom Skull, no awards and no shown rating but I’d give it a high R for gore, violence, and sexual innuendo alone. The theme song … arrgghh … kill me now.

Thanks,
Susi

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