Day of the Animals... you'd think that this stodgy piece of 70's film-making would fall under the disaster film banner, but nope, instead what we have here is a "natural horror film", starring a very cantankerous Leslie Nielsen, Christopher George, along with his wife Lynda Day George and a slew of generic no-nameinter-changeable actors to fill out the cast. It must be said when a movies script is as bad as Day of the Animals is, well it hasn't got a chance of being even an average movie. From it's ridiculously bad and often repetitive dialog, to the ludicrously lame premise that the movie is based around, well, the writers were clearly making up science as they went along and did so quite poorly. Leslie Nielsen's character is so incredibly obnoxious that it has to be seen to be believed, he's so over-the-top and antagonistic, yet at the same time everyone else under-acts - so I guess it all balances out at the end.
This movies gimmick is of the "when animals attack" variety, of which some of these scenes are fairly effective, particularly the "flying rats" scene, which involves about a dozen rats (that in order to make them "fly" they have fishing-line tied around them). They whiz off a dinning table and attack this old dumpy sheriff, biting him on the face and neck and in the process ruin the poor guy's mid-night snack! But the main focus is on a small group of hapless hikers, who if I had to guess, would say that their hiking in or around either Yellowstone or Yosemite, which supplies the movies scenery, which is often just gorgeous. But the focus in Day of the ANIMALS - are indeed the animals and the movies utterly crawling with them, we have: mountain lions, wolves, rattle snacks, vultures, vermin (see flying rats), German Shepard's, as well as few raggedy old mutts just for good measure; as is to be expected several deaths occur by these rogue animals.
Clocking in at 97 minutes this movies tends to drag and overstay it's welcome, before finally limping to an anti-climatic finale. Day of the Animals is similar in feel to Night of Lepus, but with better location filming and cinematography, though on the other hand it's not as funny as Lepus. And this is surely a career low-point for Leslie Nielson, who CANNOT stop calling people "Hotshot" and "Ke-mo sah-bee". If you're wondering he plays some sort "Hotshot" advertising agent from NYC, completely self-absorbed and no doubt just a cliché continuation of the "Rude New Yorker" stereo-type. And speaking of cliche's, they also managed to throw in the familiar call-in-national-guard-and-quarantine-the-area cliché right at the end. Where o' where would a disaster flick be without that tried and true cliché. Ultimately with Day of the Aniamls there is absolutely nothing that stands out or distinguishes it at any time, as it is a most un-distinguished picture.
Glaring Factual Error Many of the vultures that are seen throughout this movie are "old world" vultures, which are only found in the eastern hemisphere, a.k.a. - the other side of the world.
Also, after seeing Day of the Animals, I'm completely convinced that Leslie Nielsen's agent signed him up for this wretched movie, without ever consulting him on the matter.
Review by Idiot-Deluxe from the Internet Movie Database.