Thursday, April 29, 2010
Search for the Beast (1997)
I did learn a little history so my experience with this thing wasn't all bad. I learned that the Algonquin Indians used to sacrifice all their hot virgins to Big Foot in order to stave off slaughter. If, however, the squaw was a little "rough around the edges" Big Foot would take his disdain out on the tribes in what could only be described as a maelstrom of slaughter and rape. I'm pretty sure the American cavalry used similar tactics. Anyway, point is Big Foot's got standards.
Basically, what we got here is a lose remake of Aliens. We got the scientist type (played by Rick Montana) hired to go back into the mountains of Okaloosa, Alabama and bring back proof that Big Foot exists. He's sent in by a shady executive (some guy stepping in for Paul Reiser and then re-writing the part so he doesn't actually have to get off his fat ass) to bring back evidence of the existence of Big Foot or Big Feet. Accompanying him will be an armed squadron of rednecks and also porn starlet wannabe, Miss Holli Day. Of course, the shady business guy is working a double cross ("kill the thing at all costs"). Montana wants to just leave it be (even though the thing is believed to have killed and raped at least forty people in the last year or so (including - spoiler - the executive's son and girlfriend)).
I'll be the first to admit that this sounds like an amazing plot for a movie. Almost impossible to fuck up, right? Well, the first thing they did is shoot on cheap home video with some of the worst sound quality I've heard. Then they edited the scenes in such a way so that nothing makes sense. We got an allusion to Montana saving Day's life but are never shown this event actually happening. Maybe it was when they were scaling a "treacherous" "rock" "face" a few minutes back? I guess they climbed down using some rope that was being sliced into by a rock, but never broke. Maybe they forgot to put in the scene where it breaks causing Day to fall on Montana's dick? Anyway, as a reward, Day fucks the shit out of Montana that very night in his tent, while the other rednecks, and their sister, jack off outside. Of course, the rednecks in the group (i.e., everyone) assume she's fair game and, therefore, are justified putting their dicks in her whether she likes it or not.
The filmmakers also do some weird shit with the dubbing. I couldn't tell if 99% of the vocals were intended as inner monologue or if the characters were speaking out loud. Montana is eventually swindled, tied up, left for dead, and has his girl stolen from him by the rednecks. All of a sudden, the guy becomes John Rambo, shooting and stabbing his way through the mountainside while being chased by barking dogs that we can hear, but never see. Also, there's a sasquatch (see picture above for proof).
Seriously, Big Foot has only about three minutes of screentime (at one point, I think a close up version was a cartoon - primitve CGI?) and that was probably too much. So, I don't know. This thing never bored me too much but I can't say I enjoyed watching it. It's only 69 (haha) minutes long. The highlight of the picture is probably the part where this kid is taking his girl from behind when Big Foot sneaks up behind him, pushes him out of the way, and steps in without the girl even noticing. Other than that, there were a lot of bad parts like anytime Big Foot peaks out from behind a tree or the final revelation (spoiler) that Big Foot is actually working for a couple of Banjo players (The Deliverance band, I believe they're called) by bringing them women, chaining them up, ripping off their clothes, etc. Also, bad parts involved anytime a character spoke or anytime shot footage was shown on my tv. So, to sum up i guess we can say the good thing about this movie is the nudity. The bad thing about this movie is everything else (including the quality of the girls getting naked).