After not seeing each other for a long time, 5 teenage friends living in the city of Bangkok go on a vacation together, staying at a quiet resort isolated from the city. Things take a dark turn, when it’s revealed each of them have hidden secrets and unbeknownst to the group, there is someone observing them.

When one of them ends up brutally murdered, paranoia and distrust surrounds the group, motivating each remaining member to accuse each other of being the murderer or considering the possibility that the real murderer is the unseen presence observing them, and that they all are in danger.

What We Thought:

Night of the Killer Bears was a major disappointment. The DVD box calls it Ted meets Terrifier so you’re expecting it to be about a killer teddy bear. It’s not. There’s no non-human element about it whatsoever. It’s not Chucky or M3GAN or any kind of toy/doll at all. It’s all humans and not even supernatural.

I honestly thought the movie was a hot mess. There’s a cold open that has nothing to do with the rest of the movie other than the location. I actually went back and rewatched the first 10-15 minutes of the film after it ended to see if I missed something at the beginning. I don’t think I did.

Then you get introduced to the main cast. They are all getting together because they haven’t seen each other in a long time and a friend had died. There’s a couple, a wannabe actress, an influencer type guy and another guy. They are staying at a place that has rooms and a small cafe, but no cell reception and the the guy at the desk seems suspect. He has a secret. It’s absolutely meaningless by the end of the film.

That’s the biggest flaw with the film, almost everything is meaningless by the end. The wannabe actress has an audition before she gets there and does something terrible which ultimately serves no purpose by the end. Maybe it’s supposed to show she’s capable of something, but there’s no point to me. Ultimately the film comes down to a revenge plot that doesn’t connect to anything else shown previously.

Don’t get me wrong, the revenge plot makes sense and might be the only thing that does. The person wanting revenge makes sense and people being attacked does as well, but so many other things are useless. Why are there people in bear masks other than to hide their faces? Why are they even necessary when one character shows they were capable of doing it themselves by the end? I have many questions.

Maybe something is lost in translation and Night of the Killer Bears makes more sense in its homeland. Maybe the style of storytelling is what they are used to. I found the film to be completely incohesive and isn’t something I’d watch again. I did like the gore and the deaths were great, but the story is a mess.

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