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Bigfoot (2006)

Troma // 2006 // 88 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // April 9th, 2010

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson saw Bigfoot in his backyard...yada yada yada...he treated the neighborhood to a delicious BBQ.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Bigfoot (2008) (published September 28th, 2009) and Bigfoot Terror Collection (published August 10th, 2006) are also available.

The Charge

Man has finally over stepped his bounds, and nature is fighting back.

The Case

Did I miss something? Has an event occurred that prompted a re-ignition of interest in the big furry bastard? Lately, there has been all manner of Bigfoot movies crossing my path, from a kids pic (Bigfoot) and quirky documentary (Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie) to a low-grade horror (Yeti). Fine, maybe a Yeti isn't the same as a Sasquatch, but the dude is still huge and ugly and hairy.

The onslaught continues. Troma has the latest flick to put the Big Guy in the spotlight, with the release of Bob Gray's Bigfoot, a traditional B-movie creature feature, sporting some fine make-up effects and a fun tone, but ultimately slides into mediocrity.

Our setting is Ohio, where authorities are perplexed by a rash of brutal deer slayings. Everyone thinks a bear is responsible for the death and destruction—everyone except Jack Sullivan, a military vet and all-around gristly fellow who has issues with people thinking he's crazy. Then again, if you're spouting off that Bigfoot is to blame for the killing spree, a few sideways glances are to be expected.

He is, of course, correct in his assumption. Bigfoot is the culprit, running around the Ohio woods terrorizing the local wildlife. And now with a fired up human posse looking to exercise some righteous deer justice or bag an awesome new living room rug, Bigfoot is forced to fight back—and that means some mild-to-moderate gore effects. Which are the primary aspects worthy of mention.

Before I dump on the under-performing story, I have to give these guys their due: the creature effects and make-up work on Bigfoot are quite good. The centerpiece is obviously Bigfoot himself, and he came out great. This one isn't loveable; he's a mean, hard-ass killer and the costume design reflects it. Also, this is all practical and not Z-grade CGI, which earns big points in the win column. Likewise, the bloodshed effects. Once Bigfoot's violence is called upon and the human cannon fodder are ushered in to get their comeuppance, the effects crew earn their salary by creating some practical, well-executed death scenes.

And that's about all we've got going for this endeavor. The story is a boilerplate creature-of-the-week excursion, complete with the clichés of disbelieving authorities (until it's too late), a rogue protagonist, and an unkillable organic threat. The characters? Can't remember any of them.

Not much going on with the DVD: full frame, 2.0 stereo, a photo gallery, and a making-of featurette.

The Verdict

I kind of want to let it off the hook, because it's old-school. But this Bigfoot is guilty of overstaying its welcome.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 65

Perp Profile

Studio: Troma
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Cult
• Horror
• Independent

Distinguishing Marks

• Featurette
• Photo Gallery

Accomplices

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