Suburban Sasquatch (2004) Review

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Shot for the amazing sum of $550 in exotic West Chester Pennsylvania, Suburban Sasquatch from writer/director Dave Wascavage (Malevolent Ascent, Zombies by Design) brings everyone’s favourite big hairy cryptid out of the woods and into your backyard. And there’s nothing the Karens on the HOA and their rules about large pets can do about it.

Reporter Rick Harlan (Bill Ushler, Adventures of the Haunted Hunted, Head Cases: Serial Killers in the Delaware Valley) is working on a story linking a spate of recent killings to none other than Bigfoot. The problem is his boss doesn’t want to know about it, and the cops don’t want him talking about it. But as an assortment of fishermen, hikers and MILFy housewives end up dead or missing it’s becoming harder to keep it under wraps.

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Fortunately for him, Talia (Sue Lynn Sanchez, Forensic Files), the least authentic-looking Native American warrior in history, has been sent on a quest by her grandfather Sicheii (Edward Wascavage, Fungicide), the second least authentic-looking Native American in history. Her quest is to destroy the creature before it devours enough souls to become immortal.

And that is the plot of Suburban Sasquatch in a nutshell. Talia and Rick team up to track the creature down while his editor (Troy Stephen Sanders) and the cops, led by Officer John Rush (Dave Bonavita, Fungicide) who lost his wife in a Sasquatch attack, try to silence them and assorted folk turn up just long enough to be killed.

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And if that was all Suburban Sasquatch had going for it besides its clever title, it would have long ago faded into SOV obscurity. But Wascavage’s lack of budget is actually what saved it. There’s fun, and the makings of a drinking game, in spotting the same actors in multiple roles and guessing who is in the Bigfoot suit at any given time. But that’s not the film’s main attraction.

Since Suburban Sasquatch didn’t have the budget to shoot its many gore scenes with practical effects it relied on CGI and the occasional limb stolen from a mannequin. But this isn’t typical low-budget CGI, this is some truely hysterical-looking stuff. Arms, legs and heads are ripped off with a lack of realism that would make a Super Nintendo game look good. Add in a Sasquatch costume that looks like a Halloween gorilla costume with breasts and the kind of continuity that has shattered glass repairing itself between scenes and wounds coming and going at their leisure and it’s an excersise in hilarity.

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Even if this Sasquatch can teleport, it’s not quite Demonwarp, Bigfoot’s Bride or Bigfoot: The Conspiracy level WTFery, but it’s in the ballpark which means that lovers of bad movies, as well as Bigfoot buffs and shot-on video lovers, will want to see it.

Suburban Sasquatch is another Visual Vengeance release and like their others, this is the film’s first release on Blu-ray. It features a new transfer from the film’s original master which, while nothing special, looks better than the version from those old Mill Creek collections it was initially available on. You can see a list of the disc’s extras below.

Visual Vengeance will release Suburban Sasquatch on August 23rd. FilmTagger can also suggest some similar viewing if you want to do a double feature,

SPECIAL FEATURES:

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  • New transfer taken from master Standard Definition videotape and remastered and upgraded in High Definition for this release
  • New! Feature Length Commentary from Director David Wascavage
  • New! Commentary from Sam Panico of ‘B&S About Movies’ & Bill Van Ryn of ‘Drive-In Asylum’
  • Full RIFFTRAX version of Suburban Sasquatch
  • Designing the Bigfoot Costume
  • Making the CGI for Suburban Sasquatch
  • Outtakes
  • Archival Behind The Scenes Featurette
  • From The Director’s POV: Archival Interviews
  • Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery
  • Original Suburban Sasquatch Teaser Trailer & Feature Trailer
  • Collectible mini-poster
  • Trailers for other great Visual Vengeance releases!
  • ‘Stick Your Own’ VHS stickers
  • Reversible Artwork featuring original release art
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Region Free Blu-ray
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