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Myrl A. Schreibman
In the deep woods of Echo Mountain, Pine Creek, three poachers are slaughtered by a predator and the survivor, Ed, organizes an illegal hunting with three other hunters. Meanwhile, the teenagers Rich and Jay are assigned by their biology teacher to prepare a seminar together about species in danger of extinction. Jay invites his girlfriend Shea and his cousin Jenny to camp with Rich and him in the forest to research animals for their work. Meanwhile the Indian Ranger John Eagleheart is also in the woods tracking the Sasquatch. When Ed and his men are attacked by the Big Foot, the teenagers try to escape to save their lives.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Read the comments for Karl Kozak's straight to DVD creature feature Clawed and you'll find that the general consensus is that the film is a serviceable piece of Sasquatch silliness with adequate performances, some so-so gore, an acceptable monster, and a reasonably creepy atmosphere.
Sadly, it is this mediocrity that will almost certainly doom the film to obscurity. Were the movie a genuine steaming pile of yeti-dung, as the current rating of 3/10 strangely suggests, it would undoubtedly secure itself a cult following, as has happened with low budget big-foot trash-fest Night of the Demon (1980). As it stands, Clawed simply isn't memorable enough.
The gazillionth movie to nick its basic premise from Jaws (a deadly creature threatens to ruin a small community's Spring Break tourist trade), Clawed plays everything just a little too safe, with all the expected clichés present and correct, but nowhere near enough originality on display.
The one moment that stood out for me (apart from when one teen hottie wanders into the woods in just her bra and very short shorts) is the discovery of a mutilated grizzly bear impaled on a tree branch; if there had been more of this kind of grisly inventiveness, the whole thing would have made a lot more impact.
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