It’s as if Cannon took a look at all that sweet G-rated money — well, this was rated PG that Sunn Classics was raking in four walling theaters and said, “Let’s send a family into the woods and watch them nearly die.”
Also released in 1974 as Year of the Caribou, Don, Elaine and Fred Meader join Linda Johnson and Jay Russell as they battle the elements and nature, spending an entire year living off the land with no modern tools or luxuries.
You know, except for the camera.
Yes, there is a bear attack, in case that was what you were looking for.
The basic cable of today is the exploitation cinema of yesterday.
If you want the fake version, there’s an entire series about The Adventures of the Wilderness Family.