Good lord, look what the filmmaker dragged in. Roar, in which a family is terrorized by improvising, semi-tame lions, is an uproariously bizarre cinematic mistake from 1981, currently screening at the Royal.
The brainchild of The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall, the frightening Africa-set feature puts the graphic in National Geographic and applies grindhouse aesthetics to Disney ideas.
According to the American Humane Association, no animals were injured during the troubled production. But many crew members and actors were, and on screen we have Marshall's wife, Tippi Hedren, and her daughter, Melanie Griffith.
The Birds actress Hedren is terrorized by beasts more ferocious than Hitchcock.
The film carries the director's message – that animals and humans can live together peacefully, if tensely. He is Marshall, hear him roar.