So my blogging pal Jeff Atencio from The Jaded Viewer also writes for the UGO Movie Blog and today he wrote up a review for an indy Bigfoot flick coming to DVD August 11th called The Wild Man of the Navidad. His review wasn't even necessarily a bad one but it did draw the attention of one of the directors of the film, who was moved enough to leave a couple comments defending the movie. Cool enough, right? Always nice to see a director who's passionate about his work and who reads and comments on reviews of his flicks, right? Well here's where this little story gets real funny and real lame....
The film is directed by two guys ; Justin Meeks and Duane Graves. Duane Graves is the one who commented on the review. But he didn't comment as Duane Graves, he commented under the name "bisforbest" and claimed to not be Duane Graves but merely a big fan of the film! HIS OWN FILM! Check out a few of the things this would be fan said :
"i think this movie is better than what you've painted. the main things that make it good are 1) the directors pulled off the look of those older movies skillfully, which can't be found in any "newer" horror flic and 2) they did it with next to nothing. but even so, why does everyone always focus on "budget" in reviews anyway? so what. budget does NOT equal greatness. the fact that these dudes pulled this quality with 7 grand or less is amazing. i'm a fellow filmmaker so i should know, and i commend graves and meeks for wild man. it may take a few years to be appreciated because these newer generation horror watchers just don't get it."
"we can't really determine what is or will be a cult classic when it first comes out. in twenty years this COULD be one, that's the thing. i saw this movie with an enthusiastic audience at a midnight screening at a horror festival, which was ideal i guess, but they loved it. i think what my friends and i appreciate the most is that there is FINALLY someone trying to bring back the old school way of cinematic storytelling - long master shots to soak in, linear stories, atmosphere, etc. it's refreshing in the genre, any way you slice it. and nobody with a budget has had the balls to try it so far. you weren't as harsh as you could've been i guess, but this movie is worth seeing if not just for inspiration to filmmakers- especially in the glut of crappy horror there is these days man come on."
So how did the dude get outed? After reading these rather suspicious viewpoints on the movie, Atencio's friend did a little Google reverse lookup on the e-mail address "bisforbest" registered with and the name that came up was none other than DUANE GRAVES! OWNED!
Graves, still under the pseudonym of "bisforbest" went on to continue denying his identity and claimed he was a man by the name of Albert, and it's all been hilarious to watch play out today. Click here for Jeff's full review as well as all the commenting drama! Jeff also just made a whole post about the ordeal on The Jaded Viewer, so check that out too.
Now I have not seen The Wild Man of the Navidad yet so I can't comment on the quality of the film (it's gotten pretty good reviews across the board, which makes this all the stranger), but I think this kind of bullshit needs to be addressed and clowns like Mr. Graves need to be outed. Lest you think this is merely one isolated incident, these guys have discovered a whole host of comments on various websites from this same e-mail address, all speaking highly of the works of Meeks and Graves. Come on guys, did ya really think you'd get away with it? There's nothing wrong with defending or speaking highly of your own film, but do it as yourself, don't pretend you're some fan of your own work.