Quirky Horror Comedy ‘Cocaine Bear’ Now Available on PVOD
March 17, 2023
The quirky horror comedy film Cocaine Bear is now available for digital rental and purchase, at a premium price, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment confirmed.
The film, about a failed cocaine drop in the Georgia forest in which the drugs were consumed by a bear, has earned $53.3 million in the United States and Canada and $68.5 million worldwide.
Cocaine Bear can be rented for $19.99 and purchased for $24.99 from most digital retailers, including Vudu, Redbox On Demand, Prime Video, Apple TV+, Xfinity, Microsoft, DirecTV, YouTube, Verizon, Spectrum, Row8 and AMC Theatres On Demand.
Directed by Elizabeth Banks, Cocaine Bear opened theatrically on Feb. 24.The film is based on the true story of drug smuggler Andrew Thornton II, who on Sept. 11, 1985 jumped from an auto-piloted Cessna after dropping packages of cocaine in the forest near Blairsville, Georgia. Thornton died when his parachute failed to open, while much of the coke was believed to have been ingested by a bear, who promptly died.
In the movie version, the bear does not die; instead, he becomes addicted to the white powder and embarks on a killing spree while chasing after more.
The cast includes Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery, Alden Ehrenreich, Brooklynn Prince. Isiah Whitlock Jr., Margo Martindale, and, in his final film appearance, the late Ray Liotta.
It was released digitally March 14, 17 days after its theatrical debut, per Universal’s new windowing policy.