Director – Mark Byrne (Remnants, Taste of Desperation)
Starring – Matt Burns (Dead Men Tell No Tales, Bottom Creek), Jenny Jannetty (Toxic Tutu, Milfs. vs. Zombies), and Genoveva Rossi (The Abducted, The Litch)
Release Date – 2019
Rating – 2.5/5
Tagline – “Hairy horror in bigfoot-vision!”
I found horror in the early 90s when I was in elementary school. I can trace my love for the macabre back to the release of the Goosebumps series from R. L. Stine. His children books sparked a love for horror and sci-fi that has not faded after all these years. Once I completed those books I found myself checking out Appalachian ghost story collections from the school library. That was game over for me. This started a lifelong fascination with West Virginia ghost stories and cryptozoology.
Over the years I’ve built up a nice collection of 70s bigfoot flicks along with any modern release I can find. Sometime back Absurd Productions Pictures released the horror comedy anthology Bigfoot! on DVD and I grabbed a copy to add to my collection. I couldn’t get to it when I bought it but with a three day weekend I recently had I decided it was a perfect time to check it out.
**Spoiler Alert**The anthology features three hairy tales from the world of bigfoot. The first follows some sasquatches as they go hillbilly hunting. They then lure them into fights over who the best Jr. is. The second story follows several squatches as they enter the world of man and begin dealing with problems of their own like relationships, assimilation, and anger. The third and final story follows a group in the woods as they are hunted down one by one by a pissed off sasquatch.**Spoiler Alert**
I went into this one looking for a cheap good time and at the end of the day I had a few laughs. The film has plenty of room for improvement but I did have some fun with it. With that being said, the laughs I had could not over shadow the flaws and this is one I will probably never revisit. I know several people involved with this project and I hate writing negative reviews but this one just wasn’t for me at the end of the day.
The acting in this one is extremely fun at times and at others it becomes awkward to watch. Some of the characters struggle with their own volume and at other times their reactions are out of place. When this is not taking place we get some solid acting with some funny characters that I thoroughly enjoyed. The first segment had me laughing my ass off and that one is, hands down, the best acted segment in the film.
The stories for this one is a little inconsistent. The first two stories, which were both comedies, were my favorite and had me sold on the film. I laughed and really enjoyed the characters we were given. They had solid pacing and worked their timing very well. However, the final segment is where the film lost me. I love bigfoot horror flicks but this last segment just didn’t do it for me. I’m trying not to be disrespectful but this particular segment seems rushed and somewhat sloppy. The premise could have been something that I would have loved but it fell short and the characters were really hard to like.
Finally, the film does have some blood here and there in the first two segments but does dial up the carnage in the later story. The effects are cheap and work for the type of film it is but if you are looking for Savini quality kills you will be disappointed. Overall, Bigfoot! deserves at least one watch and I recommend a few beers while you spin it. It has some funny moments and fans of no budget indie flicks will really enjoy what they bring to the table but the rough edges and inconsistencies makes it miss the mark.