XLrator Media will release BIGFOOT: THE LOST COAST TAPES in theaters on October 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, October 26, 2012 in San Diego and November 2, 2012 in San Francisco and Seattle. The film is directed by Corey Grant and stars Drew Rausch, Rich McDonald (HBO’s Generation Kill), Ashley Wood, Noah Weisberg and Frank Ashmore.
When a "BigFoot Hunter" claims to have the body of a dead Sasquatch, Sean Reynolds an investigative reporter who has seen better days is determined to get back his lost glory by proving this as a hoax and in the process risks both his and his teams lives in order to prove so. It's been a long time since there was a decent film concerning Bigfoot. Harry and the Hendersons is the last one that comes to my mind. What we get with Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes is a film that has intriguing ideas and while it misses the marks in some areas it is a worthy addition to the Bigfoot legend and mythology along with a ending that will keep people talking and divided.
While the plot seems like it would follow the generic line of most low budget POV found footage horror films there are a lot of great ideas that are hinted at and touched upon. Where the story trips up is when those ideas are left to blow in the wind or not fully realized. I know some people have a problem with POV shot movies and motion sickness but this film poses none of those problems and actually might be one of the better shot POV style films of recent memory. From an acting standpoint all of the cast does an admirable job based off of what they have to work with but the standout performance for me came from Drew Rausch who as Sean Reynolds brought the character to life with a Geraldo investigative journalist feel that used to dominate the airwaves back in the 90's. Being a horror fanatic I found the scares sorely lacking and most of the best jump type moments are shown in the trailer although those who are easily spooked should find moments of fear in the proceedings. A facet that did bother me was the FX work. While not expected to be a FX laden movie what was provided on screen in both the death scenes and the brief glimpses of creatures was extremely amatuer and in need of professional help. When the FX are this noticeably bad it takes me out of the proceedings completely.
Now we come to the highly IMDB discussed ending. While it was pretty clear to me what the ending meant there are a lot of people who have issues with it and many theories abound. As I always say a ending that leaves people talking is the best type. I won't spoil the movie in this review but I will say that the writers and director took a great angle with it and to me the ending and the lead up to the twist is the best part of the film and I would love to see a story that expanded off of the ideas brought forth by the finale proceedings. Another highly discussed topic out on the grand internet highway is the idea of this movie ripping off Troll Hunter. As someone who has seen Troll Hunter numerous times, I have to highly disagree with those accusations as they are two totally different movies with the only similarities being the inclusion of big mythical creatures and the POV documentary style.
In closing, If you enjoy POV found footage horror movies then definitely give this one a shot as you will find something to enjoy in the proceedings. Bigfoot enthusiasts will also be pleased as this should take a permanent place in there collection. For those wanting to know more check out the Facebook page or website.
Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes
In Theaters October 19th, 2012
Directed by: Corey Grant
Written by: Bryan O'Cain, Brian Kelsey
Featuring: Drew Rausch, Rich McDonald and Ashley Wood
Plot: AAfter a "Bigfoot Hunter" claims to possess the body of a dead Sasquatch, a disgraced investigative journalist stakes his comeback -- and the lives of his documentary film crew -- on proving the find to be a hoax.