Coming Distractions: Here’s the trailer for Roar, the movie where Melanie Griffith gets mauled by a lion

Roar is an action-adventure film originally released in 1981. It’s about a wildlife enthusiast named Hank (The Exorcist executive producer Noel Marshall) who lives on an estate in Africa with around 100 lions, tigers, and cheetahs, plus a couple of elephants. When Hank’s family—played by Marshall’s real-life wife Tippi Hedren, her daughter Melanie Griffith, and his three sons—arrive for a visit, they find him not at home, but still have to deal with all his animals. Wackiness ensues.

That’s one way to describe Roar. Another is as one of the most nail-biting accidental thrillers ever produced. Marshall and Hedren were both activists who were hoping to use the movie to raise awareness about the cruel treatment of big cats in captivity. To that end, they actually adopted and bred over a hundred jungle cats and raised them alongside their family on a ranch north …

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