Cocaine Bear brings a unique blend of whimsy and terror to your screen, perfect for a night out with a beer or two. The film combines all the elements of classic slasher films with low-budget creature features. A suspenseful experience is created as humans battle a drug-addicted black bear in the woods. Elizabeth Banks’ snappy direction and Jimmy Warden’s dark, humorous dialogue make for laughs in the tension created by this rampaging killer bear. This movie gives the viewer that midnight movie frisson.
“Cocaine Bear” is a delightful blend of Jaws, Friday the 13th, Rescue and Yogi Bear. Cocaine Bear offers the perfect movie night experience. This gloriously silly yet brutal B-movie gives you all the ingredients you need to create an unforgettable night.
80’s ensembles, licensed music and Mark Mothersbaugh’s (formerly Devo) score lend a cheesy retro vibe. But what makes this a true tribute to old-school exploitation movies is its imperfections. Humans mostly stay in the forest until confronted by a bear. One of the most fragile yet resourceful characters disappears for much of the film. Not only does that prevent us from getting to know them, it leaves no room for suspense about their fate.
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If Cocaine Bear offered more compelling search elements, such as thrilling chase scenes and intense battles to outmaneuver the bear, it would really captivate audiences. Viewers should be immersed in this wild and exciting journey, not just a leisurely wander through the woods.
The finale was a little underwhelming. But most of these characters are more one-dimensional. It seems that the performers are aware of what kind of movie they are appearing in.
The film doesn’t offer any meaningful commentary on his struggle with drugs, but Ray Liotta’s charming performance brings a strong believability to the whole thing. We can’t help but sympathize with him, even though he plays a villainous drug kingpin. His desperate and frenzied performance emphasizes that dealers are also victims of addiction. They often act destructive and self-destructive. As if this is not yet intriguing enough, believe it or not, there are even unexpected surprises. This one involves bears…it’s high in cocaine!