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'Grizzly Rage'
(Tyler Hoechlin, Kate Todd, et al / DVD / NR / (2007) 2008 / RHI Entertainment)

Overview: If there's one thing these teenagers should have learned in school, it's not to mess with a grizzly bear's cub. When these high school friends take a road trip to celebrate their graduation, an off-road excursion puts them into the middle of bear country with an enraged mama bear desperate for blood. As night falls, and the grizzly attacks get grislier, these kids find themselves in a battle for survival with one of nature's most fearsome beasts.

DVD Verdict: OK, let's get one thing straight here: "Grizzly Rage" has absolutely no connection to Herzog´s documentary, except for the use of bears and the word ´grizzly´ in the title. It is a horrendous, low-budget affair that is the latest in Genius Products´ Maneater Series. A creature of the week movie made for late night airings on the Sci-Fi Channel. I will admit to watching a few of those cheesy Sci-Fi channel flicks, thanks to a healthy case of insomnia, and have lived to tell the tale. "Grizzly Rage" is "Cujo" (with a bear) crossed with "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (with a bear). It might just be the worst of the lot. It´s not even so bad, it´s good. It´s just bad!

You won´t find any stars from the C or D-lists here. Don´t expect to see any direct-to-video stalwarts like Eric Roberts or Antonio Sabato Jr. Instead, we get four of the most generic young actors you´ll find outside of a Disney Channel sitcom. Wes Harding (Tyler Hoechlin), Sean Stover (Graham Kosakoski), Ritch Petroski (Brody Harms) and Lauren Findley (Kate Todd) are four friends who have just graduated high school. On their way to different college campuses, they decide to spend one last summer together by embarking on the classic path that the majority of horror film victims always seem to take, the road trip to the middle of nowhere. While searching for a campsite, they come across a gated area of the woods. Being complete morons, they break open the barrier and drive on in. Having fun with their joyride, the quartet accidentally runs over a bear cub.

Her friends warn her, they don´t have time to bury baby bear because momma bear is likely nearby. Cue the roar. Momma bear is on her way, but the happy go lucky high school grads run into their first setback when the engine on their car overheats. The four decide to hoof it and as you´d expect, somehow find themselves split up from one another. Wes and Ritch are attacked with only the former escaping alive. The remaining trio hops back into the car (which miraculously works again) with Lauren behind the wheel. Freaking out over the death of her friend Ritch, she loses control of the vehicle and it rolls off a hillside. Sean goes off on his own to look for help and comes across a cabin full of weird jars. Who owns the cabin? What is its significance? We never find out as the bear mauls him and he dies later that night. I honestly believe the cabin was some set the studio had lying around and they just want to re-use it again and again to get all their money´s worth. Now we are down to two (but I won't tell you about their fates as you have t have SOMETHING to look forward to ... don't you?!) as Wes and Lauren decide to take the fight to the enraged grizzly. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and (thankfully) doesn't come with any Special Features!