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directed by Jordan Blum
USA 2009

 

When a fire rips through Bear Valley National Park, it displaces the local animal population, including a ferocious creature that might be Big Foot. Sheriff Owen Freemont (Tony Becker, THE HUNTERS) learns that dispatch has lost contact with one of his men after a frantic call about a bear attack. Ranger Hudson (Ron Prather, KISS OF THE TARANTULA) is trying to convince Mayor Reynolds (Don Stalling, RECKLESS KELLY) to redevelop some of the conveniently charred land into "Hunter's Heaven." Scientist Dale Davis (Shane Callahan, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES) wants to study Big Foot and has engaged mountain man Jack Lund (Martin Kove, BLOOD TIDE) to help him track the creature. Gabrielle (Anna Enger, 96 MINUTES) and her husband Richard (Quint Von Canon), on the run after a liquor store robbery ended in murder, have set up camp deep in the woods where they can hide out. Richard is killed by a fast-moving bipedal creature, a fleeing Gabrielle crosses paths with Dale and Jack. Upon finding out that Gabrielle and Richard are fugitives he goes in search of them. When he that Hudson has not been keeping an eye on the forest fire and that all of the fire fighters have been gruesomely killed, he realizes that the fire was deliberately set and that it is moving in the path of his home and pregnant wife Ellen (Lisa Wilcox, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER) - as is the beast. You won't find much of anything new in this Big Foot creature feature. It's no LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK or NIGHT OF THE DEMON. Gore is limited to some splashes of blood, a couple after-the-fact dismembered body parts, and the okay-looking monster (which is much more impressive when seen in silhouette). CGI effects are fairly effective (with the exception of a climactic explosion). There's not much of a mystery as to who set the fire and why, but director Jordan Blum (who has three short films under his belt, as well as lot of PA and executive assistant work on Fox's AMERICAN DAD according to his IMDb entry) keeps things moving at a good pace with a handful of storylines. The cast is mostly good with Becker and especially Kove as standouts (Wilcox - with two NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET entries to her name - does not seem to have been cast for scream queen recognition and is given very little to do).

Eric Cotenas

 

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Distribution

MTI Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:25:48
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MTI Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date: 20 September 2011
Amaray

Chapters 18

 

Comments

MTI has submitted an anamorphic, interlaced screener for review. The "property of" text that occasionally slides horizontally through the frame suggests that it is a copy of the screener provided by the production company. Although technical specs elsewhere specify a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the screener is framed at 1.78:1 and does not seem cropped. The press release lists 5.1 audio, closed captioning, optional Spanish subtitles, and trailers for the retail disc.

  - Eric Cotenas

  


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