Movie Review: Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes
By: Tj Fowler
What do you get when you take a group of star hungry film makers, a mountain man that likes to disappear randomly and a bunch of sasquatches running around at night making noises. Well, it sure as shit isn’t Harry and the Hendersons.
I had heard from various sources that Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes was a good take on the Bigfoot legend that offered the viewer a look into bigfoot that you wouldn’t expect and that it was a good found footage style movie. Well does this film offer a unique story to what we think of bigfoot? Yes. Does it do a good job at how it tells this story. No. Is it a good found footage movie. Maybe.
Now I know the found footage genre has really been played to death lately in the horror genre since the Paranormal Activity movies have exploded like money bomb for studios and also that many people can’t stand them. For me, I think this form of film making can make for a good horror movie experience but it’s so hit or miss the results for quality are mixed at best. Such is the case for Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes.
We start out by seeing one of the main characters taking out a large sum of money from his savings to go into the woods of northern California with his film crew and pay a mountain man for an opportunity to view what is supposed to be the body of a young bigfoot. Now what is a positive for this film, at least in the first 2/3rd’s of the movie is that the actors do a solid job and are even likable for the most part and this turns out to be the films strongest point.
What turns out to be the films weakest point is the story and a story I feel that actually could have been interesting if it was written better. The film makers drive out in the deep wilderness to find the mountain man who supposedly has the body of a bigfoot and the head film maker then promptly pays him the $75,000 he asks for upfront with only the promise of seeing anything. The film makers are then transported by the bigfoot hunter to his cabins out deeper in the woods but only after he places hoods on their heads and takes their cell phones.
Once at the hunters property, which is protected by a single wired electrical fence ran by a generator, they proceed to film their activities, the hunter and his tales of how bigfoot killed a dog once before and that basically bigfoot can be dangerous. The film makers except for the female psychic, laughs at the guy and says it’s all a hoax. They then begin to hear some noises and then they go out to investigate.
What follows is the typical found footage type camera angles and tricks. You will see the characters talking to the camera while something walks through the forest behind them that they don’t see or something just at the corner of the camera is seen briefly, etc. Also you will find that the film makers only guide tears out of camp one morning without explanation and leaves them there all alone for the day which only results in more lackluster movie tropes.
One of the movie’s selling points was supposed to be a twist on the bigfoot tale and what really they are here for. What we get is a brief exchange between the mountain man and the female psychic that mentions briefly what this other role of bigfoot may be, but nowhere in the movie is any of this ever expounded upon in the story which to me kills the film. The plot of the film just turns into people running around in the woods or caves then dying with maybe a few sentences that is supposed to explain something that really doesn’t explain anything at all. Which is unfortunate because I think Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes could have been a good film but what it turns into is just a lot of shaking cameras and people yelling in the woods.