First show: April 24
ROAR is an infamous, rarely seen ’80s cult classic starring Hedren, Griffith and over 150 lions, tigers, and other untamed animals. An unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure, ROAR follows wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of 100+ untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren, The Birds, and step-daughter Melanie Griffith, Working Girl) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives.
The cast and crew endured countless injuries, with over 70 bloody attacks documented. While nobody was killed, there were several close calls, most notably de Bont being scalped by a lion resulting in 220 stitches on his head. Hedren endured a fractured leg and deep scalp wounds. Griffith was mauled by a lion, resulting in over 100 stitches and reconstructive surgery. Noel was gored so many times that he was eventually hospitalized with gangrene. Maintaining a consistent crew became virtually impossible as injuries and safety risks kept them from returning to set.
Dir: Noel Marshall. 102 min. USA. 1981.
“Like watching a live-action Lion King as Mufasa holds a switchblade to your throat” – Complex
“It’s like Walt Disney went insane and shot a snuff version of Swiss Family Robinson” – Hitfix
“Just watching it feels dangerous” – Movies.com
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