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Day of the Animals

Release Date:January 1, 1977
Running time:98 minutes
Cast:Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Michael Ansara, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel
Director:William Girdler
Writer:Eleanor E. Norton, William W. Norton
Distributor:Film Ventures International In

Description: An interesting low-budget entry in the post-Jaws animals-run-amok genre (which also owes more than a little to Hitchcock's The Birds), this noisy, violent thriller features the prophetic premise of a widening gap in the ozone layer (thanks to human indulgences in hairspray and other aerosol products) which unleashes brain-frying radiation and causes assorted woodland creatures to go for the throats of unsuspecting Sierra backpackers. As if that weren't horrific enough, the poor kids are also placed in the position of defending themselves against a rampaging Leslie Nielsen -- whose hammy performance will probably have fans of the Naked Gun series and their ilk waiting for a punch line that never arrives. Perennial B-movie couple Christopher George and Lynda Day George round out the cast. Day of the Animals is also known as Something Is out There.~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

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