28 July 2015 | Leofwine_draca
Blair Witch by numbers
A routine, paint-by-numbers version of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, lacking that film's originality, atmosphere, and genuine sense of uneasiness. THE BIGFOOT TAPES certainly has potential and I really wanted to enjoy it; those Californian forest locations look fantastic and are doubtless atmospheric in themselves. What a shame, then, that what ensues is so listless and predictable.
A trio of documentary film-makers set out into the woods to prove or disprove the legend of Bigfoot once and for all. There's some minor interest at first as they have run-ins with kooky inhabitants (shades of BLAIR WITCH already) and then lots of aimless wandering around. I could cope with the middle section of the film if it actually went somewhere, but it doesn't. Instead we get a tent attack scene that rips off BLAIR WITCH something rotten, before a dodgy twist ending which is unsatisfying to say the least. THE BIGFOOT TAPES is all build up and no pay off, which is nobody's idea of fun...