15 Things You Didn’t Know About Bigfoot follows the exploits of clickbait journalist Brian (Brian Emond) and his producer Zach (Zach Lamplugh) on the trail of Bigfoot. They attend a festival in Atlanta and meet some of the local “Bigfoot Hunters.” Brian, in particular, is not too impressed with the assignment. The first expert they interview seems a little too interested in camouflaging himself with animal urine. Which he drinks.
They then meet up with Youtuber “The Cryptid Commander,” Jeffrey Stephenson (Jeffrey Stephenson), who promises to take them out into the woods to find some real evidence. Brian is unhappy to discover he’ll be expected to camp out rather than stay in a hotel. He and Zach quarrel.
The first night their campsite is trashed and Jeffrey is nowhere to be seen. Bigfoot has struck!
At its heart this is a Scrooge story. Brian is grumpy, hates his job, hates the people he is assigned to cover. Through the apparent intervention of the supernatural — or whatever Bigfoot is — he becomes a true believer overnight. His strained relationship with his producer is set aside as they join the hunt for what seems like a real story.
All is not as it seems, however. Soon they find that the hunt will lead them into unexpected danger of a very human sort.
This is filmed like a mockumentary, or maybe a sillier Blair Witch Project. A single hand-held camera provides the cinematography, with no noticeable music, lighting or edits. Cinema Verité, to the max. The producer is played by the actual director, and Brian is playing himself. The supporting cast are all over-the-top and wacky, from the Urine Guy to Brian’s competition, a foul-mouthed influencer aiming to take his job.
Jeffrey is where it’s at, though. He’s such a loveable dumbass, even when he moves those in his charge deeper into danger, and his character development is the more astonishing redemption arc of the two.
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Bigfoot is an enjoyable afternoon’s light entertainment, good for when you’re not looking for anything too deep or intense.
Scix lived through the 80s but doesn't remember much of the 70s. Horror writer, improv actor and haunted house monster trainer and designer, Scix also likes to emcee underground burlesque and vaudeville shows in Salt Lake City.