There is dedication to cinematic authenticity, and then there is utterly foolhardy filmmaking. The folks behind the 1981 cult flick “Roar” definitely fall in the latter category. Today comes the bonkers trailer for the re-release of the film, which arrives via Drafthouse Films and Olive Films, and you really have to see to believe it.
The short version of the story goes something like this: after shooting a film in Africa, Tippi Hedren and her husband/manager Noel Marshall wanted to raise awareness about the overhunting of wild lions, tigers and jaguars, as well as the problems facing keeping those animals in captivity. The couple decided that a making a movie would do the trick, but upon learning that big cats have a pack mentality, they chose to raise a bunch of the animals in their Los Angeles home. Eventually there were over 100 animals in their home, and it was at that point they decided to shoot “Roar.” While no animals were harmed, there were over 70 injuries to cast and crew and severe close calls. To say the least, It was a disastrous production and a total bomb at the box office, but it’s also one of the wildest movies you’ll likely ever see.
Check out the trailer below. “Roar” opens in limited release in April. [Uproxx]