On the Trail of Bigfoot: The Legend
Written by Seth Breedlove
Directed by Seth Breedlove
2019 - Small Town Monsters
Cast: Loren Coleman, Kathy Moskowitz Strain. David Floyd. et al..
Eclectic Rating: stars
I've been into this subject six ways from Sunday all the way back to the late 1970s. I was just a kid when my father told me about Bigfoot and that was all I had to hear. His only intention may have been to entertain me at the time, but my imagination was hooked. So when I see a documentary release from a company with a decent track record on this topic I'm excited to see it. Small Town Monsters has made some great documentaries on legends like Bigfoot, Mothman, the Bray Road beast, the Flatwoods monster, the Boggy Creek Bigfoot events and many others, but in my opinion this latest production does not compare to their previous work.
On the Trail of Bigfoot: The Legend is the first of a two part documentary series and consists of the first three episodesâ€”Creatures of Legend, The Birthplace of Bigfoot and Rise of the Monstersâ€”of a miniseries which apparently didn't get any bites from TV networks or streaming services to release as a multipart show. At least not that I can find.
There are some great candid interviews with witnesses, and interesting interviews with Kathy Moskowitz Strain, cryptozoology veteran researcher and writer Loren Coleman. Dr. David Floyd has some interesting ideas from a cultural perspective. Other interviewees? Meh. The nervous looking smiley guy weirded me out and I had to fast-forward.
Aside from those mentioned good interviews and accounts of some historic events, the mood of the documentary is a bit dull, and it is rather tedious. This is far cry from the "action" genre ascribed to it on Amazon.
The photography and animations in this production leave a lot to be desired. Most of the visuals are slow aerial drone videos of wilderness landscapes, which apparently are the new staple of amateur or semi-pro cinematographers. And the guy in the lame furry suit is insulting. Just bad.
Narration would have been better with Lyle Blackburn, who has has done a nice job narrating other Small Town Monster documentaries. Regarding narration, there could have been less of it with more of the interview dialogue used as voice-overs for much of the footage.
There are other, better docs on Bigfoot but this one does manage to pull together most of the whole story from the early days of Squatchdom until now.
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Last Update: 30 Nov, 2019