Story: Back in 1993, David Holthouse worked on cannabis farms in the Northwest and with dense woods all around, stories about mysterious creatures and events were common. Holthouse often heard tales of Sasquatch, though he brushed them off as the confused rantings of potheads, at least until he heard one story that stuck with him for decades. One night, he overheard someone talk about finding three people dead in the forest, torn limb from limb in violent fashion. The kind of violence only a savage beast could pull off and according to the storyteller, that beast was Sasquatch. Holthouse never uncovered any more details, but the story remained lodged in his brain and over twenty years later, he would commit to find out the truth. But will he discover a mythical creature, dangerous drug cartels, or perhaps just find out it was stoners messing around?
Entertainment Value: A three episode docuseries about true crime, cryptids, and cannabis? I was down for Sasquatch from those elements alone, but the series took me on a journey much different than I expected. The premise is has a lot of promise, as a stoner returns to the scene of a core memory, to hunt Sasquatch and revisit some ghosts of his past, which leads to some twists and turns I didn’t see coming, as well as some unsettling vibes at times. Then again with Sasquatch and weed at the center of the concept, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised. The tone leans toward true crime, with a dark, even ominous atmosphere in many scenes, though there is humor blended in, as well as some truly surreal touches to keep things on the edge of chaos. You never know where this story might go, which is one of the reasons it kept me hooked in from the start. This is a wild premise that seems tough to live up to, but Sasquatch delivers, at least in most regards.
As with some of the other true crime docuseries that have captivated audiences, Sasquatch begins with a wacky, but fairly simple mission, but slowly as the series rolls on, things begin to gradually spiral into a bigger, messier web, which is a lot of fun in this case. I would think all the twists were revealed, then be dragged down yet another rabbit hole and in Sasquatch, those twists aren’t always drastic, but they do impact the vibe of the series and the narrative flow. I do think some of the twists wind up as duds, but most don’t and overall, the ride is a fun one that doesn’t disappoint. David Holthouse’s journey for answers makes for a very interesting series and I ended up binging all three in one session. I think the episodes are well paced and populated with information, so the show never drags and you’re more than ready when the next episode starts. If you’re into true crime or documentaries in general, I more than recommend Sasquatch.