I would have pegged this as a “Remember This” piece, but there’s nothing to remember. Grizzly II: The Predator was never released. In fact, it was never even finished – most of the stuff with the bear remains to be shot (and never will be given that the film is almost 30 years old). But it has an insane cast featuring George Clooney, Laura Dern, Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest), Timothy Spall (Prisoner Of Azkaban) and John Rhys-Davies (The Lord Of The Rings, Raiders Of The Lost Ark).
I’ve been hearing about this lost sequel to Grizzly forever and have always thought it sounded insanely awesome. An 18 foot Grizzly Bear invades a rock concert? I would buy a ticket to this, finished or not, in a heartbeat. So obviously I was stoked when I came across this clip this morning, but I was a little bit disappointed to learn that Clooney – a national treasure in my mind – wasn’t working the rock concert. In fact, he actually seems to be a part of the opening kill.
Before we go any further, let’s recap the synopsis. The film, “centers on Park Ranger Hollister, who is at odds with Park Supervisor over a large rock concert that is going to be held in the area. Hollister fears that the local grizzly bear population might be a danger to the attendees. When a grizzly kills a local poacher and three teens, Hollister begins to track the bear with the help of a bear activist and a local bear hunter named Bouchard. In addition, four poachers set out together to try to trap the bear, hoping to gain $100,000 reward money. The 18 ft grizzly finds its way to the rock concert, making the climatic showdown all the more personal for Hollister as his daughter is working there backstage.”
That sounds amazing. Even though I’ve been imagining Clooney as the lead in this film for some time (he, Dern and Sheen appear to be the “three teenagers” from the synopsis), the thought of Gimli from LOTR playing the bear hunter Bouchard fills me with enough joy to even it out. It’s a huge bummer that this film, shot in Hungary in 1985, was never completed.
Still, here’s the bit where they all get killed. Check it out!