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Predator w/Charlie Sheen on VHS


I really really now wish that I had bothered to rent this movie way back in the late 80s when I saw the box in the store, but I didn't, so I now am wondering if it had anything to do with Grizzly 2.

Back in the late 80's, I worked in a video store that got their movies from several distributors and had a wide variety of stuff, including some very low budget and obscure titles released through smaller labels.

At some point, and this would have been between 1987 and 1989, we got in a movie that I swear was titled "The Predator", and the sleeve had Charlie Sheen on the cover. The description on the back mentioned something about a killer bear being involved, but despite my total immersion in all things horror at the time I opted to not take it home because it seemed like it leaned more towards some sort of hunting/adventure flick. I do remember that it wasn't a major release, we had only received one copy of the film (whereas a film like the original Grizzly would have warranted 4-6 copies if it had been a new relase during the time I worked there). I also remember thinking that it looked like another one of those derelict video releases that were only on video because someone in the cast who wasn't famous then was famous now etc...

Anyway, I tried for a little while to search for this vhs movie on ebay and on the internet etc., to see if I could find out whether or not this "Predator" vhs video might have been connected to this in some way but could not find a trace of it, and on Sheen's imdb credits, there isn't anything else I could find that could logically be tied to it either.

Was wondering if anyone else remembers this or knows anything about it.

I did see that interestingly enough, the Grizzly 2 movie was filmed in 1983, but was purchased by Cannon in 1987, and since Cannon went bankrupt sometime in the late 80's, I could see where some of their properties might have found outlets elsewhere, and I certainly know that a lot of fly-by-night video distributors were not completely kosher when it came to the rights for some of the stuff they were putting out so who knows.

If anyone has anything to add or whatever, much appreciated.

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Oh wow, that's interesting because, according to Wikipedia, the film was called Grizzly 2: The Predator, so I wonder if it was the film. I guess we'll never know, but at least it's possible that there are some VHS copies out there somewhere.

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If only we had the internet in 2012.... oh, heres an article from a year before this post.



Charlie Sheen Vs. a Grizzly Bear – AKA The Greatest Film Never Seen
Posted on March 3, 2011 by Jon Condit
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In 1983 David Sheldon was busy shooting Grizzly 2: The Predator, aka Predator: The Concert. Grizzly 2 boasted early performances by George Clooney, Laura Dern, and the Internet’s current golden boy, Charlie Sheen, who plays a hiker who serves as the bear’s first victim.

The film would later become somewhat of an urban legend as far as horror movies go due to the fact that it was never completed. Supposedly the film was released as a TV movie, but no official release has ever been made theatrically or on home video. Here’s the synopsis:

All hell breaks loose when a giant Grizzly, reacting to the slaughter of Grizzlies by poachers, attacks at a massive big-band rock concert in the National Park.

Rumors abound as to what the actual reason for the film’s incomplete nature was. From misappropriation of budget to bankruptcy lawsuits, faulty animatronics, and even an issue over the rights to the Grizzly title itself. Principal photography was completed, and the majority of the shots involving the bear were to be added later. Sadly, that is where the facts end.

A quick glimpse at IMDB shows that 2 of the 4 reviews listed are by people who worked on the film disagreeing over whether the animatronic bear was the cause of the film’s incompletion. According to various sources the animatronic bear never functioned properly, and the scenes were re-shot with a man in a bear suit. Nick Maley, who was working on the effects, paints a much different picture however.

According to his account the animatronics and bear effects worked as expected, but they had not yet been able to start filming the effects shots. They were informed that the film was pulling out of Hungary before they could complete the missing scenes. Why the money dried up is the subject of wild speculation. What isn’t speculation is the fact that when the money was gone, the film crew’s equipment was seized by the government and held as collateral against debts owed by the production.





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