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What if an absolutely massive bear ate a massive stash of cocaine and went on a massive rampage?
That’s the central question at the heart of new movie Cocaine Bear, which looks just as crazy as you’d expect.
Pitch Perfect star Elizabeth Banks directs the horror-comedy which, as the name suggests, sees a bear go on a drug-fuelled murderous rampage.
The film stars The Americans actor Keri Russell, Margo Martindale, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr, and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
It’s also one of the final roles late actor Ray Liotta gave before his death in May this year.
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The trailer captures the tone of the film and sees the bloodied creature running after hapless sightseers, local drug gangs and explorers.
Be afraid, be very afraidUniversal Pictures
The really bonkers thing is, the film is at least partly inspired by real-life events.
In September 1985, a 175lb black bear in north Georgia ingested a duffel bag of cocaine that convicted drug smuggler Andrew Thornton had abandoned.
While the bear was eventually found next to 40 plastic containers of cocaine, it didn’t quite go on the rampage that the bear in the film does.
It has all the hallmarks of a cult classic in the making, and it’s provoked a big reaction since dropping online.
\u201c@cocainebear The world is not ready to witness this cinematic masterpiece\u201d — Cocaine Bear (@Cocaine Bear)
\u201cYo there ain\u2019t no way they\u2019re making a movie about the cocaine bear\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d #cocainebear\u201d — .5 Lens Rock (@.5 Lens Rock)
\u201cFirst look at the bear in \u2018COCAINE BEAR\u2019.\n\nThe film follows a bear who ingests a 40 containers of cocaine and goes on a coke-fueled rampage.\u201d — DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm)
\u201c\u201cAnd the Oscar goes to \u2026 Cocaine Bear.\u201d\u201d — Mike Ryan (@Mike Ryan)
\u201cCocaine Bear\u201d — Avishai \u2721 Weinberger (@Avishai \u2721 Weinberger)
\u201c@cocainebear\u201d — Cocaine Bear (@Cocaine Bear)
\u201c\u2018As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be in a film with a bear on cocaine\u2019\u201d — Toby Earle \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Toby Earle \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6)
\u201cMe when the Cocaine Bear takes the cocaine in Cocaine Bear\u201d — JackWatchMovies (@JackWatchMovies)
\u201c"One ticket for Cocaine Bear please"\u201d — CritiCold (@CritiCold)
\u201cWhy stop with bears? I hope they do a whole series of movies about animals doing cocaine.\u201d — The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)
Even Elon Musk got involved.
\u201c@cocainebear Always wondered about that bear \u2026\u201d — Cocaine Bear (@Cocaine Bear)
Cocaine Bear will be released on 23 February 2023.
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