Michael Coughlin, Patrick Scott Lewis, Katie Lowes, Mary
Bear is about what you
would normally expect for most straight to video Redbox flicks.
Low budget, not very original, but scores with a few redeeming qualities.
Bear is the story of two young couples stranded in a minivan
in the California wilderness. They are attacked by a vicious
grizzly bear that seems to have a motive to kill. But as night
the victims deal with another problem: their own dark
The good news is that the scenery makes for decent
visuals. The film was shot in a California forest, and first
time director John Rebel has a great eye for filming nature scenes.
I was also please to learn that the crew helped rebuild that forest when
it was destroyed in an unrelated wildfire after filming.
The bad news is that the film is extremely low budget. It's
plagued with bad lighting, and plenty weak dialogue. A real
grizzly is used for most shots that don't involve humans, but a
laughably bad costume is used for close-ups. While I did find
the movie's "dark secrets" angle to be
interesting, it doesn't change the fact that Bear is
essentially rip-off of Cujo.
John Rebel is a first-time director, working with a bare-bones
budget. That being said, cut Bear a little slack,
don't expect a horror flick like Jaws. My suggestion is that
you pass on buying the DVD until you give this one a rent
through Redbox first.