Wild Beasts

After someone drops PCP in the water supply of a city zoo, large animals break loose and terrorize the human population. Franco E. Prosperi, a director of the infamous “shockumentary” Mondo Cane (1962), wrote and directed this 1984 horror item, which is silly, gory, and occasionally enjoyable in its go-for-broke showmanship; the highlights include a cheetah chasing a Volkswagen Beetle down an urban thoroughfare and a ravenous polar bear menacing a children’s ballet school. The makeup effects are creative and disgusting in the fashion of many Italian grindhouse films of the 1970s and ’80s; if you ever wanted to watch rats eat a person’s face off, this is the movie for you.