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Released 1981
Distributor Olive Films

A vanity project from Tippi Hedren and her husband Noel Marshall, this 1981 thriller about a family under attack by angry jungle creatures was dubbed “the most dangerous movie ever made” thanks to numerous animal injuries suffered by cast and crew. That bruised and bloodied bunch included Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith and 70 other crew members who were, in the words of Richard Dreyfuss, “lining up to be a hot lunch”.  

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.