Jack Sullivan has been discharged from the military after a lengthy court marshal for striking a superior officer. Along with his 9-year-old daughter Charlie, the two move back to Jack's childhood home of "Mentor Headlands", a small town located in Northeastern Ohio's marshlands. As familiar as the Headlands are to Jack, he is struck by all the new development and the loss of woods and marsh he used to play in as a child. Shortly after arriving to the house he inherited after his father passed away, Jack is reunited with his old friend Bob Perkins, who is now the Sheriff. Bob is in the midst of trying to figure out what has been killing and mutilating the local animal population. Several deer over the last week have turned up ripped to shreds and with the help of Park Ranger Sandy Parker; the two have concluded that a bear must have wandered into the area. This theory makes sense to Jack until he sees something standing in the fog - a Bigfoot. Naturally, everyone thinks Jack is out of... Written by
I had the opportunity to see Bigfoot on the big screen at the Tupelo Film Festival and could not believe the audience reaction. It played to a packed house (at a Film Festival!) and the audience loved it, myself included.
Probably a low budget production (as most festival features are), writer/director Bob Gray delivers the look of a big budget production, with explosions, fun gore, and a beastly-cool Bigfoot. More bang for the buck. Gray also acts in the film as a supporting role, delivering one of the best performances of the movie, natural and engaging. I also enjoyed the performances of Liza Foster and Van Jackson. I hope to see more from all of them in the future. The one thing I wish were different is only that Gray's character (the sheriff) had been the lead and his friend returning home had been the supporting character. I could get behind Gray better. But that wasn't enough to pull me out of the film.
Directed with a great tongue-in-cheek sensibility, Bigfoot delivers just the right blend of gore, horror camp, and seat-jumping scares. I had heard at another festival that the film has received distribution, so keep your eyes open for it whether it be in a theatrical run or your local video rental house because Bigfoot is definitely worth the ride!
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