27 March 2015

VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH

VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH

USA, 2015
Director: John Portanova

4/10








 


How many more Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti-themed movies do we need? This slightly awkward subgenre has spawned hundreds of features, short films, documentaries and series over the last 70 years, though only a handful of them are good, like "Willow Creek", "The Legend of Boggy Creek" or "Night of the Demon". Most of the other stuff is either below average or just plain unwatchable.

For his directorial debut feature, screenwriter John Portanova ("The Invoking") took yet another turn on this worn out topic and created a watchable, yet pretty forgettable forest-chiller about a father, his son and two friends who fight for their lives against a bunch of angry Sasquatches deep in the Washingtonian forests...


"Valley of the Sasquatch" isn't a bad movie, but its executed in such a trivial and nondescript way, you already forgot about it before it's even over. Portanova tries his best to carefully develop the 4 main characters and get us acquainted with their backstories - unfortunately, 3 of them are so unlikable and/or irrevelant, you just don't care about them, and the 4th one is so unobtrusive, you wonder
why he's even in.

The pacing is way too slow, especially in the first half, the few twists and supposed-to-be-surprising plot points are all highly foreseeable, and Jon Bash's score is way too loud, way too aggressive and totally doesn't fit in. The music should have been much way more subtle.


On the positive side, most of the acting is really good, especially the performances by indie darlings like Jason Vail ("Gut"), D'Angelo Midili ("The Invoking") and jack-of-all-trades Bill Oberst Jr. ("Circus of the Dead"). The sasquatches behave in a very realistic way and the costumes look really believable, the gore effects are well done and David Philips' editing is terrific. Other than that, "Valley of the Sasquatch" was quite a letdown for me. Recommended to die-hard Bigfoot fans only.


Thanks to John Portanova for the screener!

4 comments:

  1. If it helps, I just watched a 'Sasquatch' Film recently and mine didn't have Bill Oberst Jr in it.

    It had Kevin O'Connor...but not Kevin J. O'Connor though. Boo.

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    1. Sounds like 'my' sasquatch movie is better than 'yours'... :P

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  2. hmm, gore? in a sasquatch movie?! well, I gotta try this.

    Speaking of cryptids, had you seen Exists? Kinda cool of a bigfoot mockumentary

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    1. Yes, some really neat gore. Probabyl the only surprsising thing about it.

      No, not yet, but soon!

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