Saturday, October 16, 2010

New Release Review - Assault of the Sasquatch

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When a merciless bear poacher is arrested deep in the woods, he and his truck are taken to a neglected precinct in the heart of the big city. Unbeknownst to the autorities, the impounded truck holds a deadly cargo in the form of the legendary Sasquatch! Now, stuck in an unfamiliar world, the creature will let nothing and no one stop it from coming face-to-face with the unscrupulous man who ripped it from its environment.

I first became aware of this movie through the YouTube channel of budding actors Shawn C. Phillips and M.J Kelley, which goes by the name Coolduder. They're two guys i've been watching for several years now, long before they started getting work in low budget indie horror films, and I remember watching their vlog about their trip to the set of this movie way back when filming first began (this video is included on the DVD). Naturally, now that the film is available to watch, I had to see it. Besides, Shawn and MJ aside, I tend to see every Sasquatch horror film that comes along, even if the large majority of them are pure garbage.

Assault of the Sasquatch is not pure garbage, though it does remain on the highly mediocre side of things, which by default makes it one of the more entertaining Bigfoot on the loose movies to date. That being said, it's not all that entertaining of a film. The Bigfoot costume looks pretty silly, a large portion of the jokes fall flat and there's a lot of boring downtime that focuses not on Sasquatch ripping people new ones, but on other side plots that I quite frankly didn't care to see. Which brings me to the main problem I have with most Sasquatch horror films made - there's just not enough Sasquatch carnage in them! The scenes in Assault where Sasquatch is present, stomping puppies and ripping off limbs, are the best bits of the movie, making you feel like a much more fun flick was so close to being made, but they're outnumbered by those scenes that just make you want to hit the fast forward button.

The highlight of the film, for me personally, is the over the top and totally wacky Shawn C. Phillips, who brings much of the entertainment and laughs along with him, to the point that I felt like I was continuing to watch the film only to see what he would do and say next. It's the best and most 'real' film he's been in to date and I hope to see him do more stuff like this in the future. As for M.J, ehhh, I could live without him.

Overall, Assault of the Sasquatch is a moderately entertaining entry into the world of Sasquatch horror, one that fans of that subgenre will probably find better than most. But just as the hunt for a real life Sasquatch continues, my personal hunt for the be all end all Bigfoot horror flick still presses on ....

12 comments:

Funktion said...

In relation to a Sasquatch movie on Syfy, how does this compare?

Johnny said...

Mildly more entertaining. Though there was one Sasquatch movie that aired on SyFy called Abominable that I consider to be the best of its kind.

Zach S. said...

I am now convinced that Johnny was put on this Earth to deliver us the ultimate Bigfoot movie.

Get writing, cowboy...

Johnny said...

Ya know, i've kinda thought that myself at times. Bigfoot is such perfect fodder for horror movies and it seems shocking to me that no one has been able to really deliver on the premise. If I could be the guy who made the ultimate Sasquatch horror flick, I think i'd be able to die a happy man, completely satisfied with what I accomplished in my life.

Thanks for the vote of confidence. Now if I can just get over my self doubts...

Morphine said...

Well I live in Oregon, people are big on big foot style stuff here, and this sounds entertaining. I will have to add it to my list of fun movies to watch.

Matthew said...

For me, Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie IS the end all Bigfoot movie. More people need to give it a chance.

Johnny said...

Just added that to my queue, thanks for the recommendation. But what i'm mainly on the hunt for is the end all Bigfoot horror movie!

Rob said...

Shawn is a good guy. I worked with him over the summer on a film called Zombie Babies, coming out late October or early November. He has a pretty over the top death scene you're sure to enjoy.

Bill (RSR) said...

I dunno man, I don't think anything can top the original LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK for pure Sasquatchian perfection.

Trick or Treat Pete said...

I totally avoided this one. Far too many made for cable" horror flix lately are of poor quality, poor FX, poor script, poor acting, just all in all let downs. Maybe one day we will get a great Sasquatch/Big Foot flick, as well as great Abominable Snowman/Yeti, Chupracabra, Loch Ness Monster, and any other mystical, "urban legend", "do they exist" creature you can think of.
I too will stick with Legend of Boggy Creek.
Dreaded Dreams
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Johnny said...

If ya ask me, the only cryptid thats really gotten a solid horror movie is the Mothman.

Matthew said...

This film just began streaming today on Netflix!

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