Thursday, October 1, 2015

Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (2008)

Director: Jay Delaney

Composers: Ben Colburn, Justin Riley

Staring: Dallas Gilbert, Wayne Burton, C. Thomas Biscardi

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Do you believe in the American Dream?

Plot: Through the experiences of two amateur Bigfoot researchers in Appalachian Ohio, we see how the power of a dream can bring two men together and provide a source of hope and meaning that transcend the harsh realities of life in a dying steel town.

My rating:  6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

You might know that I don't subscribe to the belief that there is such a thing as Bigfoot, yet I enjoy watching movies and documentaries about the subject.  I love the passion that the active hunters and researchers have and I have no doubt that a lot of them actually believe the things they say and experience.  Such are the two men, Wayne and Dallas, in this picture.  They're old friends who enter the forests looking for hard evidence.  They've seen them, as many as 15 in one day.  They also have over 150 photographs, most of which have the creatures in the distance behind trees and bushes, leaving the viewer's imagination to fill in the blanks.  This film is a series of interviews and excursions which, at one point, include a podcaster and researcher.  One member of a group excursion says that these creatures are very spiritual, that they can communicate with each other through telekinesis and that the next logical step in their evolution after telekinesis was the ability to levitate just a little off the ground which explains why we don't see many of their footprints.  This documentary doesn't bring us any closer to seeing a real one (bwahahahahaha) but it's yet another snapshot into the minds and lives of those who are confident that we someday will know the truth.  Most of us know it already but others refuse to believe it...but they sure make it entertaining for those who do.  The Oscilloscope DVD has an anamorphic widescreen image with extras including a commentary track with the director, Dallas, Wayne and cinematographer Shane Allen Davis, 9 deleted scenes (about 9 minutes total), a 3-minute primer from Dallas on Bigfoot hunting in 8 easy steps, the 13-minute short film from 2001 that was the initial kernal that led to this film and a photo gallery with about 40 pictures taken by Dallas showing you his best photographic evidence. 

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