Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes - SideReel Review

Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes - SideReel Review

As evidenced in Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes, it doesn’t take much to make a found-footage film -- just go into the woods, get some amateur actors, then pick them off one by one by a force that’s barely seen. Sure, this no-budget production tries to switch up the game a bit -- they get an extra half-star rating for that -- yet doing so doesn’t change the fact that this terror-in-the-woods outing is pretty crummy all around.

The plot follows a novice TV crew as they head into a notorious wooded area where many Bigfoot sightings have been reported. Naturally, things don’t go so well -- starting with their cabin’s power outage and continuing with door-banging noises in the middle of the night. Cut to cardboard characters complaining, then being dragged into the woods -- sometimes while holding their camcorders and other times with their cameras are falling just in the right place to see them being dragged away.

While the film’s twist will not be given away here, it’s fair to say that there is something misleading awaiting any viewer who goes near. Otherwise this is standard Blair Witch bump-in-the-night thrills with only vague glimpses of the horror that await the whiny bros at the center of the film. The Lost Coast Tapes might get another step up for a few trick camera shots, but that doesn’t stop the production from being a tedious cash-in on an artistic style that, with very few exceptions, has already lost its steam.

-Jeremy Wheeler


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