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A variant on the ubiquitous "found footage" movies genre that almost invariably involve ghosts and hauntings. Like Lost Woods [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] The Lost Coast Tapes involves a search for Bigfoot.
A documentary film maker trying to restart his career hears about a hunter who claims to have found a dead Sasquatch, he cashes in his savings of $75,000 and with a small film crew sets off into the Northern Californian Lost Coast to interview the hunter and hopefully prove it to be a hoax. Seems an odd way to invest your savings but suspend belief more than usual and plod on regardless.
As the hunter, Carl Drybeck, refuses to show them the corpse straight away they suspect he is hiding something more than just his missing partner.
Night time in a small compound of wooden huts surrounded by an electric fence brings a succession of growls and screams and a sense of encroaching horror that leads them to seek safety in the main residence. In the daytime they find the obligatory footprints that give the creature its nickname as well as a nest that may belong to the beast.
As it is a found footage movie you get everything you would expect from that genre, lots of running around, out of focus shots, dark scenes where you cannot see a thing, brief glimpses of something monstrous and lots of shouting and swearing.
Normally these movies aren't very interesting and stupidly give the game away in the opening few minutes, to its credit Lost Coast provides a few surprises along the way and the ending isn't quite what you may think. It's not a great movie by any means but it's not as cliche ridden as many of this genre.
Worth a shot if you like found footage movies but it won't rank too high in the list of Bigfoot movies.
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on 14 June 2014
Regardless of which (or all) of these creatures feature in this film,it's still entertaining.
The acting is fairly pedestrian,the characters are not very likeable so on to the positives!
I picked this up pretty cheap as I have an enduring soft spot for Bigfoot and all things cryptozoological.I was expecting to fast track the entire film but it moves along at a good pace.The location setting is great and it has some mildly tense scenes.In conclusion,a pretty entertaining film.
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on 6 January 2015
Good creature movie in general. A dark film, you will possibly need to turn your brightness up on your TV. The lead male is somewhat loud and obnoxious at times, one of those annoying movie characters that cannot shut up or stop bickering. The camera work isn't too shakey compared to some movies. Is a little bit slow paced at times with a bit too much arguing. Keep your eye on the background on wood shots, you sometimes see things, which is a nice subtle touch, it keeps you watching. You don't see much in the way of creatures. The ending to this.. Oh the ending. I really liked it and it left me wanting to know more, I have seen literally hundreds of horror movies, I own over 500, it really isn't often that a twist surprises me like this one did ;-)
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A camera crew, with no benefits or life insurance, is on its way to film real evidence from a man (Frank Ashmore) who claims he has seen Bigfoot and has a BF body. Skeptic Sean Reynolds (Drew Rausch) leads this production in hopes of making a reality series out of it. He is accompanied by his producer ex-gf Robyn (Ashley Wood) who believes in earth mysticism. Darryl (Rich McDonald) is the cameraman who admires Robyn and Kevin is the nerdy sound man who "smells." He is also a Bigfoot believer.

The characters and the dialouge I would rate as superior to most found footage films. Since they are filming for TV, the found footage aspect is above normal until the last 15 minutes of the film where they toss the camera around as much as possible for effect. This is the third or fourth film I have seen which duplicates the final scene of "Quarantine". Seriously Mr. Grant, all of us losers who still watch these crappy found footage films, have seen that scene several times before.

As far as Bigfoot is concerned. Fear not. The special effects did not break the budget. You see more of Mr. B. Foot on the cover than you do in the film.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity
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on 20 September 2012
How someone can compare this to gems usch as Blair Witch and Trollhunter, is beyond me.
This movie is in NO way in their league.

I thought that the idea for the movie was cool and it sounded fun, so was hoping for at least a few scares.
But NO, only a few minutes into the movie, I was left dumbfounded by the bad acting.
ALL of them are terrible, their lines are delivered so scripted and forced, as if they in the back of their minds are thinking "what is this crap?"
And the actors tend to overreact to even the smallest things (the guy at the production house in the beginnig is the WORST!), so nothing comes of as even remotely realistic, as in Trollhunter, The Tunnel or Lake Mungo (all WAY better and scarier Found Footage movies).
The plot itself kindda stalls halfway through the film, but there are a couple of scenes that are cool towards the end, but that does nothing to save the film as a whole.

It's too bad, 'cause the idea had alot of potential but the outcome is below average.
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on 31 May 2014
3 men and a female friend go to big foot country to make a documentary on a live bigfoot and the presenter pays the hunter $75.000 for the help and privalige of seeing a dead one,but things start to go wrong,badly wrong ,it is something stalking them ,bigger ,stronger but what.............good film
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on 24 October 2015
You might have seen this film in other DVD or Blu-ray versions with the word 'Bigfoot' in the title. This is probably the more accurate version but I won't give away any more than that. Yes, it is another documentary-style film with a small group of people going out into the back woods to interview a Bigfoot believer. And there is the obligatory no mobile phone coverage and extremely limited road access. But that's fair in a film where people are trying to catch a glimpse of Bigfoot who doesn't frequent large (or even small) towns. The 'Bigfoot Hunter' plays the role straight which generally works well but there are a couple of moments where he overdoes things and his performance becomes unintentionally funny - which happens in places where things are getting dangerous and this damps the mood down a bit. But generally the acting is OK (maybe a bit too enthusiastic) and the story moves along at a good pace. It's not too short or long at 86 minutes from the start to the last of the end credits but I would have liked a little bit more of a reveal at the end. However, it was fairly entertaining and worth the watch. Also a fair Dolby Digital 5.1 track - nothing special but there was some ambience added with the wind in the trees and other forest sounds swirling around the viewer.
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Another documentary, this time American and about bigfoot. There seems to be a lot of bigfoot films about at the moment, though I think this is the first one I've seen. I don't know, guess I'm not really into the legend all that much. Anyway, this mock-doc is more along the lines of Grave Encounters, a film I thought was truly awful despite its solid potential. TLCT actually starts off reasonably well and, despite its actors being typical obnoxious 'go-getters', feels professionally made. They go off into the woods because some crazy old hunter/trapper reckons he's got a bigfoot corpse. Cue a couple of eerie scenes filmed in the forest at night before it all starts to unravel with absolutely stupid actions and choices by the characters, and some truly horrendous 'special' effects. By the time the utterly nonsensical ending rolls around, you'll wonder why the you sat through this whole thing. It's actually a shame because it could have been a really good film if it weren't for the increasingly incompetent and ludicrous story (and this in a bigfoot film, it's bad if the viewer is poking holes in this) and exponentially annoying people. A downward spiral of a movie then.
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on 14 August 2014
the lost cost tapes a tv crew goes to interview a man who claims to have a bigfoot body deep into the woods [i will not spoil what happens ] but they ending up getting a lot more than they bargined. and not a bad twist at the end.the acting is not brillient but then i suppose its not ment to be in lost tape films but sometimes they were trying to act and were not that good .not much plot hardley any special effects not as creepy as it could be.not many extras .worth a look at a bit on the cheap side do not expect a cloverfield.but worth a view if you can get it cheap enough.
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on 17 October 2012
film is 85 mins long
82 mins is an endurance test.just poor overall
3 mins at the end has an embarrassing homage to blair witch and other found footage films "oh im sorry,and im sorry to my family and for what ive done" blah blah blah who cares.

then which is why it gets a star is because at the last 45 seconds it has a really good idea and ends on a good shot of whatever it is...why this idea was wasted with 82-83 mins of complete waffle (not as bad as the lost episode) who knows.
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