Prosperi's only fictional (but last) work plays out like a disaster-genre film as it focuses on zoo animals wrecking havoc due to drinking PCP-induced water. It's a risky production he worked on (with filming location & handling the animals) and the result is - a hidden gem that is quite wild but seriously good (quite gory, plus great score). Watch out for those animals, indeed!
Found in the German Camera Obscura DVD collection. I admit that I was a little bit anxious before playing this DVD because Italian directors of B movies are not very inventive, with the exception of Mario Bava of course, when it comes to special effects. So I was wondering how they had replaced the wild animals we see on the DVD jacket. Folks, they haven't because they shot inside a zoo. And it's not bad at all !
Call me crazy, but if the measure of a "good" film is that it does everything it sets out to do, and does it well, then Wild Beasts is a five star affair. Seemingly made for no other reason than to entertain and thrill, this is a gobsmackingly whacky, irresponsibly made animal attack film that impresses even when its driving you into fits of inappropriate laughter.