New Cocaine Bear Poster Teases Elizabeth Banks’ Horror Comedy
Universal has released a poster for Cocaine Bear, a horror comedy by Elizabeth Banks & written by Jimmy Warden that is due out early next year.
Cocaine Bear, which is based on a real news story about a 175-pound black bear who ingested a bag filled with over 70 pounds of cocaine & was later found dead, takes the headline & runs with it, promising a story that mixes absurdity & humor with horror & bloodshed set in the Georgia wilderness. Cocaine Bear will be directed by Banks, known for her roles in films like The 40-year-Old Virgin & The Hunger Games. The cast includes Keri Russell, Margo Martindale, O’Shea Jackson, Scott Seiss, Alden Ehrenreich, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, & the late Ray Liotta.
The new Cocaine Bear poster from Universal Pictures depicts an Wrathful bear raging & dusted in cocaine, with the tagline “Get in Line” & the film’s release date of February 24 printed. The top of the poster reads, “Based on a True Story,” which echoes the film’s promotional copy. “Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, & the black bear that ate it, this wild thriller finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists & teens converging in a Georgia forest, where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine & gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … & blood,” reads the official synopsis.
Banks, who has been the directorial force behind several films like Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) & the Charlie’s Angels reboot (2019), will no doubt bring a great mix of comedy & horror to Cocaine Bear, which looks to have a reputable cast backing it up. Most horror films based on real stories, like 1979’s Amityville Horror & The Conjuring (2013), have been more serious & scare-driven in their focus. However, Cocaine Bear will follow in the vein of more campy made-up creature flicks like Piranha‘s (1979) carnivorous fish & Lake Placid‘s (1999) formidable gator.
If done well, horror comedy appeals to die-hard horror fans & more general audiences, reflected in the success of films like Cabin in the Woods (2012) & director Kevin Smith’s Tusk (2014). This bodes well for the release of Cocaine Bear, which will no doubt draw audiences for its novel & a far-fetched plot involving a coked-up black bear & its deadly rampage, which means great jokes & a slew of bloody scenes.
Cocaine Bear is due to hit theaters on February 24, 2023.
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