Homebound audiences around the world have been mesmerized by the antics of zookeeper “Joe Exotic” in the Tiger King limited series, so this month Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is proud to re-release ROAR, the once-forgotten 1981 film that shows what happens when mere mortal humans meet dozens of tigers and lions. Called “the most dangerous movie ever made”, no animals were harmed during the making of the film, but hundreds of cast and crew members abandoned the project and 70 were injured, including the on-camera mauling of a 14-year-old Melanie Griffith.
After very successful Alamo-At-Home screenings of the programming series Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday, Alamo Drafthouse is using Vimeo’s VOD platform to bring ROAR to the masses beginning April 15th, along with a video Q&A featuring John Marshall, one of the film’s stars. The company is also aligning with fellow exhibitors and partners so that they can host their own virtual screenings. Advance tickets are on sale now at participating locations:
- Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (tickets here)
- Studio Movie Grill (tickets here)
- Showcase Cinema (tickets here)
- The Broad Theater (New Orleans)
- Hollywood Theatre (Portland) (tickets here)
- Music Box Theatre (Chicago) (tickets here)
- Scarecrow Video (Seattle) (tickets here)
- Screenland Armour Theatre (Kansas City)
10% of ticket grosses at all theaters will be donated to The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation’s Pioneers Assistance Fund, which is dedicated to helping people who work in the motion picture industry. Currently, the PAF is providing financial assistance to theater employees furloughed by the COVID-19 crisis.
“ROAR is so singular, so breathtaking… you’ve never seen a movie like it, and there will never, ever be a movie like ROAR again,” says Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO. “I’m delighted we’re able to bring it straight into people’s homes.”
Originally released in 1981, ROAR was directed by Noel Marshall, a former Hollywood agent and producer on The Exorcist. It stars Marshall, his two sons, his wife Tippi Hedren (The Birds), and his step-daughter, a teenage Melanie Griffith. The film was produced over a five year span on location at Marshall and Hedren’s wildlife preserve in California. A comedy, it follows the adventures of an American family living with lions and tigers on a nature preserve in Tanzania.
The film was a box office dud upon its initial release, generating only $2 million in sales. But the cult status of ROAR grew, eventually leading to a theatrical re-release in 2015.