Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Bigfoot Edition


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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 32% (Critics) / 34% (Audience)
Directed By: Eduardo Sánchez
Written By: Jamie Nash
Starring: Samuel Davis, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards and Brian Steele
Studio: Lionsgate
Synopsis: For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway- a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed-something not exactly human, but not completely animal- an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge. – (Source)

The Good:
Playing this as a straight up horror movie with a monster picking off victims one by one made this much better than I assumed it would be and much better than it would have been as a standard found footage horror film where nothing happens for the majority of the film.

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The Bad:
I didn’t care one bit about any of Bigfoot’s victims in this film. I might have outright hated one or two of them to be perfectly honest and that is a bad sign in a horror movie like this. You need to make the audience not want to cheer for innocent people to die horribly at the hands of a hairy monster, people!

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The Ugly:
I have seen a lot of found footage films and pretty much all of them strain credulity when it comes to people in high stress/deadly situations continuing to film even when there is no logical reason for them to do so. And this film takes the cake with it. Every situation where the characters continued filming past the 15 minute mark made zero sense.
And how the hell did the cameras always know to fall in just the right spot to keep everything in frame? Must be the Go-Pro Fairies or something.

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Final Verdict: Not the worst found footage horror movie I have ever watched but not anywhere close to the best either. I appreciate EXISTS going for conventional monster movie thrills but the found footage tropes have gotten a bit tired and none of the characters were very well fleshed out.

Grade: C-

2 comments

  1. jmount43 · January 5, 2015

    If you read my reviews of both these films you will know that I liked a bit more than what you did. Not a problem; I have weird tastes sometimes and am aware of this. At least we have Twilight to mutually despise.

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    • Derek · January 7, 2015

      A shared hatred of Twilight and all Twilight related items could bring about world peace.

      And I think I have gotten to the point where these found footage films have to give me more than the old Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity tricks for me to really enjoy them.

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