Cast and Crew: William Girdler (Director); William W. Norton (Writer); Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel, Michael Ansara, Andrew Stevens
What It’s About: When ultraviolet radiation from a hole in the ozone layer makes animals go berserk, a hiking tour must run a gauntlet of savage beasts and equally savage assholes to make it back to civilization. Can they survive the Day of the Animals?
Why Watch it Today?: Today is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than with this goofy slice of 1970s ecological paranoia/disaster movie which features one of Leslie Nielsen’s finest over-the-top bad guy roles from his pre-Airplane! career as a dramatic actor? Although the film is quite goofy, the problem it is centered around, the thinning of the ozone layer from chemicals like CFCs, just happens to be one of the environmental movement’s success stories (no doubt with little thanks from this drive-in scare flick).
Where to Get It: Netflix (Rental only) or Amazon
Remarkably information free TV spot, under one of The Day of the Animals many alternate titles, Something Is Out There: