The ‘Cocaine Bear’ trailer is here and it’s horrifying


“Cocaine bear” is one of those magical phrases that once you hear it, you want to know more. That’s probably why the upcoming Elizabeth Banks movie of the same title is getting so much attention. As you can probably tell from the title, the dark comedy begins with a bear going into a whole heap of whack, which in this case fell out of a plane. The film’s new trailer, which dropped Wednesday, shows what happens next: the coke-up brown goes on a rampage through the Georgia woods, attacking walkers, paramedics, and anyone else he can get his paws on. It’s certainly an exciting premise, and as the trailer points out, it’s inspired by a true story.

But as any moviegoer knows, “inspired by a true story” can mean many different things, from Rayis closely carved biopic to The hills have eyes’ extremely passing resemblance to a probably apocryphal story. Where is it Cocaine Bear country? (Want to enter Cocaine Bear cold? We’re spoiling the real story below, so read no further.)

First: Yes, Cocaine Beer was real. As Gabrielle Rabon wrote about the unfortunate brown in our story, a Georgia bear did indeed find and consume a stash of coke he found in Chattahoochee National Forest in 1985. Authorities determined that the drugs had fallen from a plane owned by smuggler Andrew Carter Thornton II sometime after he put it on autopilot and attempted to parachute out laden with cash, guns and more cocaine. We say “attempt” because his parachute never opened: Police found his body lying in a suburban driveway, an event the trailer seems to depict.

Fortunately for Georgia’s hikers and hunters, and unfortunately for Cocaine Bear, the brown one who found the drugs apparently couldn’t handle them. A hunter found the bear’s body near a destroyed duffel bag that authorities say contained about 75 kilograms of coke. The circumstances surrounding the bear’s death are still a bit unclear: Kenneth Alonso, the medical examiner who autopsied the cocaine bear, estimated that the animal only ingested about 3 to 4 grams of cocaine, less than it would normally take to make a kill humans of the same species. size, and Alonso said in a 1991 presentation on the case that the results were “insufficient to account for” all 75 pounds of the drug gone. But in the end, the only victim of Cocaine Bear’s binge was, well, Cocaine Bear.

Hollywood likes to portray bears, even relatively nondescript black bears like the ones in this story, as monsters. The contrast between the trailer’s treatment of Cocaine Bear and the real animal’s story is instructive: From people dropping coke from planes to leaving their garbage cans unsecured, most bear-human conflicts are provoked by humans and their almost always more deadly to the wildlife. then for us. Still, we can’t blame the director or writers for taking a bit of artistic license with the story – it’ll probably be a better watch. Just remember the golden rule: bears are almost never as bloodthirsty in real life as they are on the silver screen.

Cocaine Bear hits theaters on February 24.

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