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
This low-budget horror film isn't going to be mistaken for a masterpiece but it's certainly much better than you'd expect it to be. The story is pretty simple as a man gets thrown out of the Army so he returns to his hometown where his father just recently died. The man strikes it up with his old friend who just happens to be the Sheriff now and soon they're thrown into a mystery surrounding several mutilated deers. When humans start showing up ripped apart they soon realize that it's not a bear doing the damage but instead Bigfoot. Is BIGFOOT a good movie? Not at all. What it is however is a pretty impressive "B" movie that really tries to be a throwback to the 80s direct-to-video titles and on this level the film works pretty well. Director Bob Gray does a very good job directing this film as he does the one thing great that usually kills these types of films and that's the pacing. A lot of these movies appear to have just been slung together and the pacing is all over the map but that's not the case here. I was really impressed with the way Gray kept the film moving at a good pace and even more impressive is that he actually tries to build up a story to go along with the horror elements. There's a backstory dealing with the main character's discharge from the Army and we even get a few bits and pieces from the other characters. Not all of these backstory works too well but at the same time at least the director shows he could add this stuff and work it into the material. The performances are another plus with Todd Cox doing a good job in the lead role and Gray himself is good playing the buddy/Sheriff. I've seen countless low-budget Bigfoot movies as the monster is without question my favorite "myth" character. The outfit design here of Bigfoot is without question the best I've seen. I really liked the wrinkled-up face and even the hair on the outfit looked believable. Just compare the outfit here to any other Bigfoot movie and I'll think even the most jaded person will be impressed. As is the case with a lot of these type of movies, the film eventually runs out of gas around the one hour mark and the final showdown with the creature isn't nearly as good as some of the earlier moments in the film. With that said, if you're a fan of this type of picture then it's certainly worth checking out.
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