Year: 2020
Production Co: 377 Films
Director: Bruce Wemple
Producer: Anna Shields
Writer: Anna Shields
Cast: Anna Shields, Rachel Finninger

I wanted to see this movie because I'm always interested in how movies treat pop culture mythology topics like the Loch Ness monster or the sasquatch.

But I was pleasantly surprised in that it told a good B movie creature feature story with all the attendant frights, costuming arts and mise en scene, but it also had a subtext that – though it threatens to overshadow the rest of the movie – provides a nice backbone to what otherwise would have been a more traditional monster mash.

Scriptwriter Anna Shields plays Sylvia, a young woman who decides to go off to the forests of New York state to investigate the disappearance of a friend. When her intended ride and best friend comes down with food poisoning from bad burritos, she organises a ride online with a stranger to split the travel costs.

The ad she answers is placed by pretty free spirit Alex (Rachel Finninger), a woman her and her friend suspect was the last person Sylvia's missing friend saw. But as the two girls drive upstate and get to know each other they grow closer. Their destination is a town known for both its it disappearances and its sasquatch sightings, and when they arrive, the pair give in to their lust for each and fall into bed.

But right alongside Sylvia's suspicion that she's falling in love, she can't ignore warning signs that pile up despite Alex's seemingly innocent explanations for them all, like the knife she has hidden in her things.

Even the high pitched whining sound that emanates from the house is something Alex assures Sylvia is there to repel the local wildlife away from the house, but – knowing what you know happened to Sylvia's friend thanks to the opening scene – you wonder if Alex, as well as being guilty of murder, knows about the actual wildlife that lives in the area.

Sylvia's other friend, now over his bout of diarrhoea, arrives on the scene at the right time for all hell to break loose when Sylvia discovers the truth about Alex's secret in the basement of the country house, and the sasquatch (finally) appears to dispense justice.

If you're expecting a straight monster movie you're going to be disappointed. The bigfoot only appears in a few fleeting frames, and only once in full frontal with decent lighting, revealing a creature design that's good enough rather than exciting.

It was apparently such a non-event release there isn't even a Wikipedia page, and the sole review I could find thought the melding of the lesbian serial killer drama and the sasquatch thriller was mishandled. But I was entertained throughout by an interesting enough story with an attractive woman in the lead (Shields) that mostly paid off what it was setting up.

The rug is pulled out from underneath Alex's story in a twist that didn't altogether work but I still enjoyed it.

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