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Day of the Animals

3.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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The depletion of the earth's ozone layer causes animals above the altitude of 5000 feet to run amok, which is very unfortunate for a group of hikers who get dropped off up there by helicopter just before the quarantine is announced.

Special Features

  • Features both a TV master print (letterboxed at 1.85:1) and a vintage theatrical release print under the alternate title Something is Out There, letterboxed in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1
  • Commentary by star Lynda Day George with horror icon Scott Spiegel
  • Interviews with actors John Cedar, Paul Mantee and Susan Backlinie
  • Still gallery
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel, Michael Ansara
  • Directors: William Girdler
  • Writers: Edward L. Montoro, Eleanor E. Norton, William W. Norton
  • Producers: David Sheldon, Edward L. Montoro
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CSTKGA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Day of the Animals" on IMDb

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As far as "when animals attack"-type movies go, this one's actually pretty good. If "Grizzly" was William Girdler's "Jaws", this is probably his "The Birds". There are probably more shots of staring owls and vultures and other birds of prey in this film than any other in memory. But wait, there's more: a generous serving of tarantulas, snakes, big cats, bears, wild dogs, rats ... basically this film is Dr Doolittle's worst nightmare.

The plot (animals driven crazy by cosmic rays attack hikers) may sound simplistic, but at least Girdler cross-cuts between the different disaster-movie-type characters and their various subplots to maintain interest. (There's even a Shelley Winters clone.) He even manages to give a SLIGHTLY post-apocalyptic scope to the film, which is quite cool, with scenes of an abandoned town a la "The Andromeda Strain" and a deserted campsite whose occupants have obviously become lunch.

Media Blasters have done a very nice job with this DVD. While it lacks a commentary, it does at least offer a "making of" doco featuring interviews with surviving cast members (including Susan Backlinie, who became fish food at the start of "Jaws"), an original trailer, and TWO versions of the same film, one a 1.85:1 television master, and the other a 2.35:1 theatrical reissue under the title "Something Is Out There." The latter version is a fairly beaten-up print, but there's a kind of grindhouse beauty to its dust, scratches and splotches, and the aspect ratio is my personal pick over the cleaner, yet cropped 1.85:1 version. Which version you choose to watch comes down to whether you prefer a cleaner print or the proper OAR. However, the 2.
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William Girdler's follow-up to GRIZZLY, DAY OF THE ANIMALS (aka: SOMETHING IS OUT THERE) features pack-hunting mountain lions, bone-crushing grizzlies, ravenous wolves, hellish hawks, flesh-plucking buzzards, sinister rattlesnakes, and rats that can leap 10 feet! However, the true star of DOTAs is Leslie Nielson as the odious hiker gone feral! He intimidates, threatens, beats up others, kills a guy, and attempts to rape a gal hiker! You see, the ozone layer's been depleated to such an extent as to cause the animals (including Nielson's character) to attack and kill all humans! Watch this one as part of your next "nature's revenge" film fest!...
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If you loved the "Animals Gone Mad" theme going in the mid to late 1970s, you'll love this movie! I have the previous edition dvd special edition that was put out and I have to say, this bluray edition puts that to shame for quality of the movie plus sound. Although, this bluray did not have the alternate title or tv master of the movie, it is still worth getting. All the actors did a great job for the script that they were given. The Ozone layer is being depleted because of the over use of spray cans and the chemicals going into the atmosphere. Yeah, we've heard it all before, right? Yep. Now, it's Global Warming. A group of thrill seeking hikers go into the mountain for adventure, but soon find themselves in the fight for their lives! One by one and as a group, they are stalked by all the animals of the air and land. Soon, frustrated with their progress, they split into two groups. One led by the character played by Leslie Nielson(Hey Hotshot!) and the other by Christopher George. One group decides to press on to higher elevations and the other goes back down the mountain. I have to say, by the time Nielson's character gets under my skin, here comes a huge bear to the rescue! They don't make them like this anymore where a character literally goes after a bear and tries to take it down "bare handed" lol.

But wait, it's not just the higher elevations on the mountain, it's the city below that is effected as well. Soon, the Army or National Guard is on the scene to "mop up" the situation and the radio declares the dangerous ozone has moved on or shifted out of the mountain city. All will be returned to normal within 24 hours as if the animals want to play nice again to mankind. lol

Here is what you get on this New Edition:
A Brand New 16x9 (2.
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If the ozone layer vanished,many scientists have theories about how this would effect life on Earth. I guarantee that none of these theories comes close to the one put forth by this movie. Turns out that when the ozone goes, all the animals on the planet go ICKY-BINGO and band together to wipe humanity off the face of the planet. It's not really dynamic but it is fun watching cougars running through Denver's suburbs scaring crossing guards, mailmen and dogs out of 10 years growth. The best part though, is when crazed hiker Leslie Neilsen goes kamikazee against a murderous grizzly bear. He actually tries to bite the beasts ear off! Needless to say this is a very short,but entertaining scene. There is also an attempt at drama and inter-personal tension, but luckily the creators never try too hard with that part of the film.
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While more could have been done to make this a better science fiction story construct, "The Day of the Animals" is an exciting, funny, and bizarre movie that probably holds a special place in movie goers' lives for what the script did to Leslie Nielsen. When he attacks a giant grizzly bear and yells "c'mon, you bastard," I almost lost it. This was the most ridiculous performance I have ever witnessed in a movie. The extra feature on this DVD has the cast of the film recalling what a super guy that Girdler was, and they were being honest; anyone who can make films like this has a special outlook on life. I, however, enjoy the films of this neglected director, neglected because he worked along the margins of American cinema, attacking the B-movie and horror film markets in earnest but making a mark almost nowhere else. I gave "The Manitou" 5 stars as well, because it was equally entertaining and absurd, but in a way that we just won't find anymore. This DVD is quite good--you get both versions of the film (including the release version entitled "Something is Out There") along with some good audio commentary. While this isn't the kind of film that animal rights campaigners can use to further their case against human bungling, I sympathize with the animals in this movie--and they do wipe out a great deal of idiot people in this. This plot is very absurd but fun in an old-fashioned, 1970's drive-in way. If you don't like this title, then you've no business being here. There's no way to damn it or defend it really. I have to add a word about Schifrin's music score, though--I think this is his best score since 1971's "The Hellstrom Chronicle". The man obviously had an ear for eerie natural horror music writing, and here he has allowed his imagination to soar.Read more ›
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