What's the craziest film ever made? Eraserhead? El Topo? How about A Serbian Film, Hausu or the second Human Centipede? Nope, the craziest thing ever committed on purpose to celluloid is a 1981 family film that Drafthouse Films has brought back out into the light of day.
Pictured: family entertainment, apparently
Roar is the story of a naturalist named Hank (Noel Marshall) who has been living in a palatial home in Africa for three years with wild cats on a research grant. His home is free range for lions, tigers, leopards, pumas, cheetahs, panthers and even a baby liger. His estranged wife and children are coming to visit him there, but end up trapped in his house alone as the cats run amuck.
Now I know what you're thinking. That's a great premise for a horror movie. I couldn't agree more. The thing is, though, Roar has absolutely no idea that it is a horror movie. It totally thinks that this is indeed a family-friendly comedy. It's honestly as if the people who made Cannibal Holocaust thought they were making Swiss Family Robinson.
From the very first seconds of the opening we wee Hank tooling around in Africa on a motorbike interacting with the cats. These were untrained and unscripted in an era where the idea of CGI wildlife might as well have been black magic. No, it's just literally Noel Marshall constantly being tackled and bitten and scratched while saying "It's OK" over and over again while trying to convince his horrified co-stars that this is a perfectly normal thing to do.More »