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Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes – 4

Director – Corey Grant

Cast – Drew Rausch, Rich McDonald, Ashley Wood, Noah Weisberg, Frank Ashmore, Rowdy Kelley

Release Year – 2012

Reviewed by John of the Dead

I stumbled upon this film randomly and after seeing that it involved two elements or horror that I enjoy – “found footage” and BIGFOOT – I decided I had to see this despite knowing nothing about the film or its filmmakers. Ever-searching for good Bigfoot movies, I had high hopes for this film despite knowing that this could be the biggest piece of crap on Earth given I did not research on it, but nonetheless I went in with an open mind and left pretty darn disappointed. The overall story is an enjoyable one that brings a few unique twists to both “found footage” and Bigfoot sub-genres, and the execution is realistic and makes for one of the better “looking” films of its type. Of course, the same story comes with numerous holes and leaves too many questions unanswered, and that results in disappointment for the viewer.

When word spreads that a “Bigfoot Hunter” is in possession of a Bigfoot corpse, investigative journalist Sean Reynolds looks to redeem his disgraced name by taking a documentary crew to the hunter’s location in hopes of proving the case to be a hoax.

The story kicks off like most found footage flicks do, with a first act that basically introduces the characters and informs the viewer what they are hoping to accomplish in recording their every moves. This time the cameras are following Sean Reynolds and three of his friends as they embark on a trip in hopes of attaining the footage needed for a pilot episode to a successful television show based on Bigfoot lore. Sean’s film crew is skeptical on whether or not they will find anything “out there” worth filming, but as long as they get paid they are in for the ride. After arriving a the home of Carl Drybeck, the Bigfoot hunter who claims to have a corpse of the creature, they soon realize they may have been lured to a dead end by a crazy old fool looking for 15 minutes of fame and the money Sean is throwing at him for a shot of the dead creature. Eventually around the 28 minute mark we start to get a dose of “the goods” when the very first Bigfoot roar kicks in. Seeing the crew freaked out of their mind was amazing, and you can imagine the terror of thinking you are going to prove the non-existence of a large creature that just so happens to be outside your cabin. The majority of the film takes place in the cabin area, surrounded by fallen logs and evergreen forest, but their hopes to prove the corpse case a hoax force them to leave the cabin and come face to face with dangers they never expected. Eventually the onslaught becomes too much for them and their panic forces them to leave the cabin, so those of you who enjoy “movement” of filming locations should find joy when the third act kicks in.

The horror written into the film was definitely a disappointment and left me wondering why films like this even see the light of day. First, let’s talk about the horror’s positives. I enjoyed the emphasis on Bigfoot not being the “missing link” most expect him to be but actually coming off as something completely different. It is never fully explained what Bigfoot was, but there was emphasis on the Native American tales of how he was a supernatural creature with “one foot in our world and one in the spirit world”. Because of this we were given elements of horror I have never seen used in the Bigfoot sub-genre, such as extremely bright lights and electrical currents behaving the way electricity does…like mad chaos. It was this that left me unsure of what exactly the creature or creatures were, band I was not happy to leave the experience without knowing if it was more than one creature or even what the creature was exactly. We never see a full-frontal shot of the antagonist. All we get to see are its feet, twice recorded by a dropped camera after the person holding it was killed. Some stories manage to keep the viewer out of the loop to mimic the protagonists and their confusion, and while this did that to an extent it never provided the thought provoking closure that better films provide. The film’s climax, despite a revelation, was pathetic and left me immediately wondering how the filmmakers could live with themselves knowing that they had a good premise that was ruined by horrible writing decisions.

The direction from Corey Grant was not bad, and inf at he did a solid job of making this appear to be a solid effort and genuine “found footage”. The atmosphere is awesome and the sets / locations used left me in awe and captivated in the situation they found themselves in – looking to prove a Bigfoot hoax in an evergreen forest along the west coast. Fallen trees, mossy oaks, and shoreline caves adorn the area surrounding their small cabin, which the vast majority of the film took place around, and they all eventually played important roles in the film in one way or another. Now onto the only that really matters: the horror. At first the horror was fine, with great execution of the creepy sounds and horrifying cries erupting from an unknown creature within the woods surrounding our protagonists – cries that could only come from a large crature like the one they are looking to prove DOES NOT exist. From then on out Grant managed to provide decent tension as they run and scramble for their lives in the isolated forest and caves surrounding them, but that is about as good as the horror got. Playing into the realism (and subsequently the horror) of the film was Gran’t genuine use of lighting, where flashlights actually light things up. There are some good FX used during a few of the kill sequences that left this not looking or feeling like a low budget film, and we even get a tad bit of gore. Without giving too much away, the look of the antagonist was interesting but of course so little is given to us the antagonist was not very worthwhile and did little to provide any horror to the film.

Overall, The Lost Coast Tapes had a good premise that could have made for a very good Bigfoot film thanks to taking a different approach tot he monster, but poor writing decisions left this an unlikable piece that carried little substance and answered only a few of the interesting questions it presented.

Rating: 4/10

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