Just in time for spring hiking, Backcountry, a movie released by IFC Midnight, aims to scare audiences away from the woods. The film tells the story of a thirty-something outdoorsman and his corporate lawyer girlfriend who decide to take a camping trip.
The bickering pair promptly gets lost before running afoul of a black bear that happens to have a voracious appetite for cute couples. In honor of the fright flick’s release, we’ve compiled a list of bear movies and rated them from ridiculous to realistic.
Our expert? Human/bear conflict expert Dr. Lana M. Ciarniello of Aklak Wildlife Consulting, where she provides bear research and management services such as trapping, radiocollaring, and tracking. “I actually haven’t seen any of the movies but one [Project Grizzly],” she says,”because when I say something is possible from a bear biology perspective (such as tracking at long distances), it is, but I am going to highly doubt it was portrayed [on-film] in a way that was behaviorally bear-correct.”
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