Plot: Paul (Eric Foster) had quite a summer, as he encountered the mythical Bigfoot, shared a Coca Cola, and befriended the elusive creature. Now he is back at boarding school and when he tries to share the stories of Bigfoot, no one believes him and that cuts him deep. But when Bigfoot appears outside his window and warns that his father is in serious danger, Paul rolls into action. He manages to escape from the school and hitchhikes back home, but once again, no one believes him. A series of animal killings has the locals up in arms and when U.S. Marshall Hicks (Griffin Casey) hears Paul’s claims, he is convinced Bigfoot is responsible. Now Paul has to drum up some help to search for Bigfoot, while Hicks tracks the beast and plans to make the mythical creature into his prize trophy.
Entertainment Value: A bizarre, family friendly take on Bigfoot, Cry Wilderness is one of those movies you simply have to see to believe. The narrative centers on the bond between a child and good old Bigfoot, but veers off in a plethora of strange directions, each more baffling than the next. This isn’t one of those cult movies where a few scenes are outlandish, this is pure confusion from start to finish and Cry Wilderness does it all with a straight face. I mean, we have Bigfoot drinking sodas and sending telepathic messages to children, but handled with a serious, sincere approach. There’s a real focus on nature here as well, which leads to some beautiful photography and scenes of all sorts of wild animals. There’s some obvious social preaching at times, but it gets buried under the ridiculous performances, oddball elements, and involvement of magical amulets given to friends of Bigfoot. Cry Wilderness is a lot of fun and fans of offbeat b movies should find a lot to like here.
No nakedness. This makes sense in this case, as this is clearly aimed at family audiences, who likely have little interest in Bigfoot erotica. There is some mild tension and violence at times, but little blood and never graphic elements. The Bigfoot suit looks better than you might expect, stylized for a sympathetic look and certainly on the silly side, but still a solid creation. The suit is passable enough in most scenes, but also goofy enough to add humor when he interacts with humans. The dialogue is stilted and wooden, which is a solid foundation for entertainment, but then the cast knocks it out of the park with some truly strange performances. The efforts are sincere, but so terrible and no one seems to be on the same page, so the timing is odd and the atmosphere has a lot of cringe, a recipe for greatness. On the craziness scale, Cry Wilderness is one head scratching moment after another and the wackiness flows at a consistent pace. So while not as balls to the wall insane as some movies, it is always odd and earns high marks for how confusing the entire experience is.
Overall Insanity: 7/10