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Posted on: March 22nd, 2023

You can now experience the chaotic highs of Cocaine Bear from the comfort of your own home!

In a rather unexpected move last week, Universal announced the Elizabeth Banks directed horror-comedy would be coming to all good video-on-demand platforms to rent whilst still in theatres.

Expectations were not particularly high for the film, but it has since gone on to gross $75 million on a budget of $30 million.

Much like they did with this year’s M3GAN, Universal are clearly keen to capitalise on this surprise success with the early VOD access.

Cocaine Bear takes its inspiration from a 1985 incident in which a 175lb black bear is thought to have died of an overdose after ingesting cocaine dropped from an aircraft piloted by narcotics officer Andrew C. Thornton II.

Whilst the bear is not known to have caused any fatalities or acted in a threatening manner due to the drugs, the concept of a bear psychotically high on cocaine seemed to be crying out for an adaption.

Though the project does take several creative liberties, critics have praised Cocaine Bear as “ridiculous, zany fun” and have noted both the period detail and the on-point mixing of horror and comedy.

If you’re curious and still haven’t seen it, Cocaine Bear is now available to rent from all good on-demand streaming platforms and will hit physical media later in the spring.

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