Thursday, October 15, 2009

Theme Thursday/Halloween Month - Climate Change

Theme Thursday was quite a challenge to work into Halloween Month:

Climate Change


Day of the Animals (1977)

The plot: A battle for survival begins as hikers encounter a chemically imbalanced forest. The depletion of the Earth's ozone layer causes animals above the altitude of 5000 feet to run amok, which is very unfortunate for a group of hikers who get dropped off up there by helicopter just before the quarantine is announced.

Day of the Animals

The film reunited the director, producer and a couple of stars of the previous hit "Grizzly".

Some of the stars in this flick include Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel, Michael Ansara, Ruth Roman, Paul Mantee and Andrew Stevens.

Trivia: Susan Backlinie, the first victim to die in "Day of the Animals", was also Chrissie, the young swimmer who was the first victim to die at the beginning of "Jaws". She spoofed her "Jaws" death in Spielberg's "1941", encountering a submarine instead of a shark.

A big THANK YOU to Senski from Heart in a Jar for the suggestion of this film.


A short trailer:

Longer TV & Radio spots:


A lot of the other films I looked into for this theme were more along the lines of "regular animals or insects irradiated by science into mutant creatures". Not so much "climate change".

Click for a Wikipedia list of these "natural horror films".


For deeper takes on Climate Change, go over to Theme Thursday.

Click for info on Blog Action Day '09



  1. Glad I could be of help, Wings!

  2. quite possibly the most rattlesnakes in a non-rattlesnake based Horror movie? Love DotA and love Grizzly, tons of fun and goofy 70s killer animal action

  3. Now you know my love for any 'nature run amok' movie knows no boundries but that first trailer is about the crappiest trailer I ever saw. Once again though you find a way to express the theme and educate me at the same time. THIS is why we need zoos and circuses people. If we don't have those to threaten the animals with they will just run willy nilly wild all over us. And this is coming from a guy who HATES zoos and circuses.

  4. nicely played. i think i actually saw this one at one point. was wondering how you were going to play it...glad you stayed away from the Happening as well...

  5. Maybe if the earth keeps getting warming our coffee won't cool so quickly in our mugs! LOL.

  6. OK when that two thumbs up guy is ready to retire you must get his chair!!

  7. Nice 70's clips...I think I watched that in real time back then. LOL

  8. That looks wicked!
    By the way, have you ever read J.G. Ballard's, "The Drowned World"? I think it would make an awesome flick.

  9. oh no! have you seen this? It looks pretty dreadful.

  10. Scary but always a possibility.
    Interesting TT post

  11. I never heard of that movie but I adore your take on the theme!:D

  12. I remember that movie! I loved those cheesy ensemble flicks!

  13. Senski: MUCH appreciated!

    Carl: Definitely fun stuff.

    Cal: I agree with ya!

    Brian: UGH! Yeah, was NOT gonna use The Happening.

    Betsy: Silver lining, I suppose.

    Colette: HAHAHA - Well, don't know about that.

    e: Thanks!

    Ravyn: I rememeber it, too!

    Poetikat: No, I don't think I have. Will have to check into it!

    Tom: I think I have, many years ago.

    Dreamhaven: Thank you!

    Candie: Thanks!

    Otin: Fun stuff.