Top positive review
2 people found this helpful
Better than I was expecting.
on 22 May 2015
A young couple head off to the sunny California and the home of the bigfoot legend, to film a YouTube documentary about the creature. What could possibly go wrong?
I'd ummed and aahed about renting this (despite being so cheap on AIV), due to all the negative reviews. After been bitten by the bigfoot bug, though, through watching the atmospheric "Exists" (and having already exhausted all the other found footage horrors--as well as many of the documentaries available on YT), I decided to give it a try and I'm glad that I did.
Perhaps it's as I had such low expectations, but I thought it was really good and fairly original (at least compared to similar movies). Firstly the two characters are actually likeable. They're not moody or sulky, just out in Bigfoot country telling jokes and having a laugh and they seem to have a genuine chemistry between them. They just seem normal and don't overact like a lot do in this genre.
Secondly the setting is perfect for this type of film. It's filmed on location in Willow Creek (home of the original Patterson footage, the giant (redwood?) trees and sunlit locations are a refreshing change to the dreary Blair Witch type backwoods locales and it adds stacks to the bigfoot atmosphere.
People are complaining because of the tent scene (around 20 minutes where the camera doesn't move and it's just the characters hearing noises and jumping). Whilst the previous sentence is completely true, this is by no means two people simply saying "What was that noise?". I thought it was excellently acted and directed (a masterclass in tension building) and had me totally on the edge of my seat (biting my fingernails by the end!). I won't give anything away, but it is very realistic, unnerving and quite chilling. It has been a very long time since a film managed to captivate me totally for such a length of time. Make sure you turn the sound up at this point, you will experience everything the characters do!
It does have a slightly iffy ending, but I was just happy to enjoy it for what it was. As well as the tent scene there are also excellent sound effects later (and you do feel they are out there with a very large and dangerous animal, even if you don't really see it--possibly much scarier than if you do). It's by no means perfect, but it's highly atmospheric, well-acted and shot and is definitely worth watching if you like this sort of thing.