|Image from Syfy's "Bigfoot"|
One of the last Bigfoot movies we've seen had an actor named Danny Bonaduce and another guy named Barry Williams who totally butchered the movie. It's was a Syfy movie about a DJ and a conservationist who teamed up to fight against the big-bad-deadly Bigfoot. This didn't sit well with many in the Bigfoot community (and perhaps outside the community), especially with those belonging to the "Forest People Friends" group who believe Bigfoots are partly human. When we learned that Eduardo Sanchez and longtime producer/now co-director Gregg Hale (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT) are approaching their new film from a more "respectful" point of view, this caught our attention. If they do it right and don’t F-it-up, this could actually be a Bigfoot movie that everyone, including the "Forest People Friends" might agree with.
Sanchez and Hale recently sat down with FANGORIA magazine to explain their approach of creating a creature that "feels real":
With found footage often used as a grounded, humanizing window into more paranormal horror, Bigfoot straddles a line as well. Unreal, yet a creature of the earth, it is this connection and roots which fascinate Sanchez and allow him to still find fear and even tribute in the legend. “To me, it’s the fact that it feels real. We lit it, but there’s never a scene where you’re like that’s a fucking huge light hitting those woods,” Sanchez says. “Everything is very realistic and the creature looks and sounds like it’s really there. It doesn’t do any supernatural—it can’t lift a car, but it is powerful . It’s just the idea of these young people going in kind of cluelessly.”
“Also, we’re trying to be as respectful as possible to the Bigfoot community because they have this belief of this thing that’s out there. I share these sentiments, I want to believe. I love everything about it, so we try to get into it as scientifically as possible. And the whole thing with the Bigfoot people is we didn’t want to make it this killing machine doing Godzilla-like things. We wanted it to be a real character and we thought about that. By the end of the movie you realize there’s more to why it’s doing this. It has human characteristics. I came to the sound mix last week and it really is this cool amount of ape and man and something unknown. To me, it’s this unknown thing coming after you and it’s of this earth. It’s not from outer space. It’s an animal that is chasing you.”