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Tennessee Viking
05-03-2008, 21:04
For those who are just hearing about 'Grizzly Park,' it was filmed in and around Damascus, Hungry Mother, and other Virginia venues, featuring many local citizens

'Grizzly Park' Movie Opens Locally

Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 12:45 AM


By Debra McCown
Reporter
Bristol Herald Courier
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ABINGDON, Va. – Since its local premiere last weekend, "Grizzly Park" has left the Abingdon Cinemall, but other local showings are scheduled for the locally filmed horror movie.
"The movie did really well on its opening weekend," said Sandy Hubble, general manager for the theater. "They had their premiere on Saturday, and it was overflowing, and all week long it did really well."
Hubble said usually it takes longer for such a movie to make it to a venue like Abingdon – but because producer Belle Avery wanted to bring it to the community where it was filmed, it’s available here.
Two showings are planned during the Trail Days festival in Damascus; at 9 p.m. May 13 and May 15 at the Rock School auditorium.
Avery said the movie also is coming to the Moonlite Drive-In and possibly another local drive-in theatre in the next few weeks. Its scheduled DVD release date is May 26.
Filmed in 2006 at Hungry Mother State Park and in Marion, Alvarado and the Damascus area, "Grizzly Park" is the story of eight teens sentenced to perform a week of community service, picking up trash along hiking trails to atone for their misdemeanor crimes.
But as the stereotyped urban youths head deeper into the woods, it is revealed that their deeds – and their lack of remorse – are far worse than their criminal records show.
Many dangers await them as they hike under the stern guidance of Ranger Bob, played by Glenn Morshower of the television series "24." He warns them of impending dangers – but they fail to heed the warnings with predictable results.
"You reap what you sow. That’s what the movie’s all about," said Avery, who lives in the Washington County community of Alvarado. "You reap what you sow."
The film, written and directed by Tom Skull and produced by Avery and Jeanne Stack, puts a modern spin on the Biblical tale of Elisha.
According to the scriptures, when a group of youths mocked the prophet, two bears come out of the woods and mauled 42 of them.
For a gruesome horror film that shows seething entrails, partial decapitation and dismemberment, Grizzly Park contains a surprising amount of humor – like the teen boys’ ongoing efforts to determine whether teddy bear-toting cohort Bebe has been endowed by nature or cosmetic surgery.
Avery calls the film "more funny than scary."
The local crowd at last weekend’s premiere also found humor in the local places and faces that show up throughout the film.
Among them was Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman, who playing the part of a corrections officer.
"It was good, I think, a good exposure for our county and our region," Newman said. "I thoroughly enjoyed my part in the movie."
He said he was amazed by the number of people necessary to make a movie – and they were amazed by the friendliness of the local population.
Though currently in the midst of filming another movie – "Meg," about a 40-ton prehistoric shark that terrorizes the West Coast, Avery said a "Grizzly Park" sequel will begin filming locally next year.
"In the second one, you’re going to have two kids who maybe want to change, but I’m not going to tell you if they do or not," she said. "It will take place in spring instead of fall, and the bear is really hungry."
She noted that Brody, the 1,300-pound star of "Grizzly Park," is not the bear that recently killed its trainer at Big Bear Lake, Calif. But, she warned, it’s not a good idea to stand between him and his fried chicken.
"He’ll do anything for fried chicken, that bear," Avery said. "Once he had that bucket, we had to stop filming."
Even as a $2 million film in an era of $100 million movies, Grizzly Park infused $600,000 into the local economy, she said. And she expects more local involvement in the sequel.
"We’ll have more locals next time," Avery said. "We’ve discovered some talent here this time that we didn’t know existed."

Lone Wolf
05-04-2008, 00:16
friggin dumb flick

RadioFreq
05-05-2008, 14:39
friggin dumb flick

When you get right down to it.....aren't most? :-?

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