Story: A series of brutal murders has captured the attention of ace reporter Rick Harlan (Bill Ushler), who is shocked not only by the crimes, but the lack of reaction from local law enforcement. No one on the police force seems to want to talk about the killings, even though the murders are quite unusual in nature. Even his own boss tends to write off his concerns, though Harlan continues to investigate and he believes he knows the killer’s identity, Bigfoot. Yes, the cryptid beast Bigfoot is who Harlan suspects is behind the deaths and as the bodies pile up, it becomes more difficult for others to ignore the situation. At the same time, some help is on the way thanks to Talia (Sue Lynn Sanchez), a Native American warrior who has learned to harness the mystic energies to help her hunt down the creature. But with more deaths all the time and Bigfoot on the warpath, can a reporter and a mystical warrior topple the legend of Bigfoot once and for all?
Entertainment Value: This is a b movie hall of fame experience, a no budget, all fun cinematic brain melter that remains a genre fan favorite year after year. Some movies of this kind have a fun element or two that lure in audiences, but Suburban Sasquatch has an embarrassment of b movie magic, just about every box is checked off here. The story is ridiculous, but hilarious and allows for all the nonsense to unfold, including one of the least developed, ineffective uses of Native American mysticism in regard to battling murderous cryptids. The one knock I have is that the movie runs long, but it doesn’t slow down much and is consistently fun to watch, so that’s not a serious complaint. The cast is game and you’ll notice the same performers in multiple roles, with over the top efforts that are often hilarious. Even Bigfoot himself seems to be played by several of the actors, as the size and presence shift in various scenes. The entire movie just has that special, DIY magic that I love, regional film chaos that just gets wackier and wackier as time passes. This is creative and entertaining cinema, an enduring cult classic that embraces its low budget roots and delivers a super fun experience. There’s a reason Suburban Sasquatch has kept viewers entertained, or at least jaw dropped, for so long, this one is highly recommended.
There isn’t much sleaze in Suburban Sasquatch, but if you appreciate a lot of terrible, hilarious, outlandish CGI blood and gore, you’re in luck. I usually rail against CGI gore, with good reason I think, but this is the kind of visual effects work you simply have to sit back and just absorb. There is an almost kind of Wakaliwood vibe with the special effects, which look like PS1 graphics laid over the actual movie itself, it is beyond outrageous and adds so much entertainment. The visual effects remain wild even outside the gore, as seen with the car stunts, which again, have to be seen to be believed. Some practical effects are present and are just as silly, with rubber limbs and cheap as cheap can be bloodshed. A masterpiece of b movie, no budget special effects, Suburban Sasquatch features double arm removal, head crushing, decapitation, arrow wounds, leg removal, and some of the silliest attack scenes around, complete with someone in a cheap gorilla suit. The dialogue is about what you’d expect, an offbeat sense of humor and some dialogue that benefits from the cast’s enthusiasm. A standout for me was a mother who simply must get her cleaning done, it is a short and simple scene, but the writing and performance cracked me up. I think there are some fun, quotable lines here and the cast makes the most of the myriad of ridiculous elements in the material. As far overall craziness, how about awkward dance scenes, a Sega Dreamcast style opening credit sequence, Sasquatch bitch slaps a MILF, mystical CGI archery, an ominous desk eagle, driving with a glizzy, and some wild end credits music, but that’s just a taste.
Overall Insanity: 8/10
The Disc: Visual Vengeance continues to mine b movie gold, giving us a good looking visual treatment that was source from the original tapes. This was shot on video, so don’t expect miracles, but this edition looks about as good as could be expected and should delight fans. The extras are piled on, with a new audio commentary from director David Wascavage, packed with various trivia and memories about the production. A second track with film website writers Sam Panico and Bill Van Ryn is also here, to offer a second perspective on this b movie classic. You can also watch the full Suburban Sasquatch episode of Rifftrax, which adds a lot of value to this edition. Rounding out the supplements are a trio of behind the scenes featurettes, archival interviews from Wescavage, outtakes, still photos, and the film’s trailers. Visual Vengeance has also included some VHS rental type stickers and a mini poster, as physical bonus goodies.