Bigfoot The Lost Coast Tapes…
“Sean Reynolds, a highly acclaimed investigative journalist (who strongly believed in paranormal phenomena), destroyed his career when the most watched episode of his reality show, based on paranormal phenomena, turned out to be a hoax. Sean saw a news report on a “Bigfoot Hunter” (Carl Drybeck) who claimed to possess the body of a dead Sasquatch. He believes Drybeck is a phony and decides to create a new show that reveals people’s paranormal claims as hoaxes. Sean assembles his old film crew and heads to Northern California’s “Lost Coast” to meet with and interview Drybeck. Obsessed, Sean is staking his comeback, his life and the lives of his documentary film crew on proving Drybeck’s claim to be a hoax.”
– Written by Chevez Frazier
My review here is pretty simple. It’s stupid. For the sake of just venting I will try to explain why to call this movie shit, is an insult to shit everywhere.
It’s a found footage movie that shows now nothing. The filming eventually just becomes nauseating when everyone is just running with cameras in scene after seen. There’s some shots of the Bigfoot darting across the frame in a several shots that were not interesting, scary or all that suspenseful. And, for all the flashlights and camera lights it’s always conveniently dark in every seen that something is about to happen in. As for the acting, it wasn’t too bad. But, the characters didn’t make sense. Some characters are in complete denial as to what’s happening around them. Others say one thing and then do another. It’s just hard to follow the logic.
Hunting Bigfoot. Stands in a field at night, alone, surrounded by candles meditating with nature spirits. This is what smart people call, “Natural Selection”.
Our main character Sean Reynolds played by Drew Rausch I guess made a deal with some guy who claims to have either killed or found a body of a Bigfoot. Somehow Sean is the only one willing to pay this mountain man dude “Carl Drybeck” (played by Frank Ashmore) the cash to see the body. But, they don’t go see the body. For some reason they arrive, are somewhat forced to give up their cell phones and wear hoods on their heads on the drive into the woods. I can almost accept the absurdity of that. But upon arrival they have little cabins, to stay in, there’s still no Bigfoot body. They have dinner, and are told they will see the body tomorrow. It’s just ridiculous. They for some reason had made plans to spend 7 days with this creepy mountain dude? It made no sense at all. You drive there, you document the body and pay the guy. You leave. End of story. But, noooo. For some reason they are planning to draw it out like The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults.
I don’t know if this is supposed to be a ghost story or a Bigfoot story. It’s really neither. There’s some spirits, that seem to be bad, the Bigfoots, Bigfeet, (I don’t know what they correct nerdism is here) seem to be good but we’re never really sure. Everyone in this film starts off almost tolerable but the more the film goes on the more idiotic some of the characters get. Watching those idiots on Finding Bigfoot, not find a fucking Bigfoot every week is more interesting than this movie.
Best friend just blew his own face off. Picks up the camera to show how sad he is.
Had I read the synopsis above by Chevez Frazier it might have helped me to understand the motivation of the main character. I wondered how he gained all that info about the main characters background that I obviously had missed. Maybe the chewing of my popcorn was too loud and I missed the key character notes? But, I had a suspicion he just wasn’t someone on IMdB that liked the movie and decided to write a synopsis. I scrolled down the list of producers for the film and he’s one of them. That’s why his clarity of characters is strong.
As for the poor bastards having to watch this. The character lists is pretty simplistic. You have the ego maniac director/host that is funding the project and is part skeptic and part douchebag. There’s his friend / video guy who is pretty much all douchebag. There’s the ex-girlfriend of the director/host. She’s the attractive girl who is very spiritual and into possibilities of things. Then there’s the stereo-typical nerd who is so stupid he can’t even hold a boom mic without bonking people on the head and standing in the frame. The only really interesting character was the one black guy “Curtis” played by Japheth Gordon who was smart enough to back out of wanting to spend 7 days in the woods with a bunch of white people. He knew all too well, the black guy always dies. Sadly he’s only in the movie for just long enough to suggest that the nerd takes his place as the sound guy.
That girl there in the back on the phone, never says anything. She never looks up and is only camera for about a minute. She’s the second most interesting character in the entire film.
This movie tried hard to be something different. I hate to shit on it because there was obviously some talented people working on this and sadly it just came off as muddled with bad character development. I don’t know if it was the writing or the directing that made this a bad horror movie. What I do know is that this could have been a really interesting movie if they lost the found footage idea and just spent more time telling the story properly.
Cast of Characters:
Drew Rausch … Sean Reynolds
Rich McDonald … Darryl Coleman
Ashley Wood … Robyn Conway
Noah Weisberg … Kevin Lancaster
Frank Ashmore … Carl Drybeck
Rowdy Kelley … LaRoche
Japheth Gordon … Curtis
Sweetie Sherrié … Latonya
Welcome to my first review! Let me start by saying this review is going to be actually short and sweet. I watched this movie a while ago and while reading a post on moviepilot.com the other day I came across the movie poster for Alien Abduction and was reminded of it and how just one scene can take a movie from being not too bad, to a bad just like that. In fact this movie is the reason why I made this website.
Please keep in mind it was a while ago that I saw this movie. In the future I will review movies when they’re more fresh in my head. However, I do like to let a movie sit with me for a short while. Too many times I see something and think it was great or it was horrible only later to change my mind one way or another. Sometimes I will see it again and that changes everything! For example when I was young teen and I first say Ghostbusters. Everyone I knew said it was the funniest movie they had ever seen. I go and see it, and I don’t think I laughed more than once or twice. I was so disappointed in the film. Then I see it again when it comes out on video. I could not stop laughing. It was fun, it was silly but not to the point of insulting. Simply a comedy great.
How could have been so wrong? A lot of things I guess. The movie was so hyped by friends, it could never live up the expectations. Time, when I saw it for the second time my expectations were much lower because enough time had passed I could finally see the film with much more of an open mind even though I still had expectations they weren’t to monumental levels. So when I saw it for the second time it was much more of an open experience.
So what made this movie so special. Well, after seeing the poster for it again, I decide I would get back to writing comments and reviews on moviepilot.com again. It’s been a while since I published an article there. And, this movie reminded me of how, as I said earlier that just one scene can make or break a film.
Alien Abduction is a perfect example of that in my mind. The movie is about your average family out going camping for a few days. Nothing stands out about the family. However, strange things happen the next morning and the actions takes off. I will say right up front, overall the movie isn’t too bad. I was into it at first. It was original, it wasn’t great but the acting good, Jillian Clare plays the daughter and she’s beautiful. No one is doing anything too stupid, so far it’s a good movie.
Of course there’s that one scene. It’s when people do things, so stupid that it makes stop rooting for them. Now I don’t want to give away plot lines or spoilers so I will keep the details around the mass of stupidity vague. I will just give you the basic scene. It’s night, the aliens are here and theirs no longer any doubt about that. Their intentions are clear. They are to be avoided at all costs. So one of the characters who knows for a fact the aliens are bad and violent and very near to her decides to run through the forest screaming for someone in her family.
It was at that point I started rooting for the aliens. They couldn’t kill her fast enough and by this point in the film you’re pretty sure she’s going to be one of the survivors and yet, I still was hoping they would kill her because I have no respect stupid people in horror movies. When stupid people in horror movie don’t die this means that natural selection has failed. When natural selections fails the end of the world is near.
Horror movies have been around decades now. Horror novels have been around for centuries. We have all seen and read them. There is no excuse for blatant stupidity in a horror movie unless it’s used as moral rationalization for killing the character. I want my protagonist to be smart or at the very least, not too terribly stupid. I can accept a stupid, being chased by aliens screaming for a family member they are trying to find for a second or two. But, if they don’t suddenly realize what they are doing is stupid and stop then I want them to die as a direct result of their stupidity. I want them to know and understand that the reason they are about to die is because they were being stupid. If a film doesn’t abide by this rule, it looses major points in my eyes.
So my final thoughts on this film. It has some creepy parts, the acting as I recall was good. If you can tolerate people who should know better, doing stupid things, then you will probably enjoy this movie. It’s really not all that bad. But as for actually recommending it, I am on the bubble. It could have been so much better but instead someone ruined it by making trying to add suspense via out of character stupidity.
Cast of Characters:
Katherine Sigismund as Katie Morris
Corey Eid as Corey Morris
Riley Polanski as Riley Morris
Jillian Clare as Jillian Morris
Jeff Bowser as Sean<
Peter Holden as Peter Morris
Jordan Turchin as Officer James
Kelley Hinman as Park Ranger