Killing Bigfoot Movie Review
Written by John Colianni
Written and directed by Peter von Puttkamer
2014, 47 minutes, Not Rated
Premiered on Destination America on October 24th, 2014
Jim Byrnes as Narrator
Bobby Hamilton as himself (GCBRO Founder)
Jim Lansdale as himself (GCBRO Co-Founder)
Myths and legends have existed as long as man has been able to tell stories. These stories have been passed down from generation to generation either as a warning to those there to hear the tale or maybe it's a relative spewing complete bullshit during one of their drunken tirades. Whatever the case may be, there is still some intrigue to some of the unsolved mysteries that so many people have claimed to witness. One of the most prominent legends in the good ole US of A happens to be Bigfoot, also known as the Sasquatch. I don't quite get why some people are so obsessed with some hulking hairy dude that lives in the woods and occasionally scares the fuck out of some chickens every now and then. However, some people have made it their mission and a life goal to obtain evidence of Bigfoot. This brings us to the documentary, Killing Bigfoot.
The Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization (GCBRO) has made it their goal to hunt down and kill a Bigfoot for scientific research and to protect their community from this natural menace before anyone comes to harm. This documentary follows a group of veterans, ex-lawmen and woodsmen, who are determined to obtain a body of a male Bigfoot to forever prove that these creatures do exist and to rid the area of the aggressors. Armed with sniper rifles, shotguns, infrared cameras and camouflage suits, the group sets up camp in an area they believe holds the best chance at an encounter with the elusive beasts.
The only exciting thing about Killing Bigfoot happens to be the narrator, who I'm sure was paid well for his epic voice, regardless of the scenario. With so many people claiming that they have regular encounters with Bigfoot, you figure that someone would have at least a tiny bit of evidence proving their existence, right? Not a goddamn chance. Aside from some people that had claimed to hit one with their car, the documentary provided nothing that couldn't be searched in twenty minutes on YouTube or delving into the annals of Wikipedia. These self-proclaimed experts, in all their years scouring the land, still cannot prove that an eight-foot, hairy bipedal creature is roaming their forests and swamps. Even if a Bigfoot or Sasquatch did exist, what kind of douche do you have to be to want to hunt and kill it just for the sake of proving that it's real? That's like waiting below your chimney every December 24th waiting to cap Santa with a double-barreled sawed-off just to make sure you're not full of shit.
Killing Bigfoot could have been a fun and exciting documentary if it actually gave insight and showed proof that a Sasquatch actually existed. With next to nothing to add to the dialogue as to whether this creature is even real. Until something more compelling comes along, I suggest watching John Lithgow in Harry and the Hendersons.
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