We won’t call it a classic, but we’re happy to add Day of the Animals to the Tuolumne County filmography. Starring Leslie Nielsen and the husband-wife team of Christopher and Lynda Day George, this low-budget horror film was shot all over the high country of Tuolumne County.
Here’s a plot synopsis from Wikipedia: “A battle for survival begins as a group of mountain hikers in Northern California encounter a chemically imbalanced forest. The recent depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer causes the sun to shine powerful ultraviolet light carrying solar radiation that causes a Rabies like-disease to all animals above the altitude of 5,000 feet to run amok and kill, which is very unfortunate for a group of hikers who get dropped off up there by helicopter just before a quarantine is announced for all the surrounding towns. This has a dramatic effect on the rest of the nation, turning common household pets and pests into vicious attackers.”
I think my favorite scene in the movie is when Leslie Nielsen wrestles a bear. Or rather a guy in a bear suit. In fact, it’s all pretty hard to bear. This trailer gives you a good idea: