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Dawn of the Beast (2021)

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Bigfoot roars!
Bigfoot roars!

Students travel into an area of wilderness in search of Bigfoot, but eventually discover there is also a dangerous supernatural spirit known as the Wendigo lurking here… and this antlered, evil presence has the power to turn people into hairless, humanoid creatures.

'The legends are real... and they kill'
‘The legends are real… and they kill’
The Bigfoot is behind you...
The Bigfoot is behind you…
One of the Wendigo's creatures
One of the Wendigo’s creatures
Skewered on a tree
Skewered on a tree

Director Bruce Wemple’s previous film, THE RETREAT (2020), also featured the Wendigo and its hairless minion creatures, but DAWN OF THE BEAST is more entertaining and manages to add more tension to its scenes compared to the previous flick, which shares some of the same actors.
(Oh, and Wemple ALSO made the Bigfoot movie MONSTROUS in 2020).

Shadow of the Wendigo...
Shadow of the Wendigo…

This film is far from perfect, though, with a fuzziness concerning just how the Wendigo affects its victims: some become glowing-eyed, smooth-skinned creatures, whilst others remain people resembling possessed deadites from the Evil Dead movies.
And I didn’t like the early scene where the group come across an old corpse, which they decide to ignore because it would ruin their weekend! When people make such unrealistic, stupid decisions it can really pull you out of the film.

One of the characters goes very 'Evil Dead'...
One of the characters goes very ‘Evil Dead’…

But DAWN OF THE BEAST does have a standout moment: a third act scene where we see Bigfoot fight and kill a bunch of the Wendigo’s creatures in the woods, accompanied by a cool synth score! Nice!
I do like the fact Bigfoot really kicks these creatures asses! Go Bigfoot!

A creature gets ready to fight Bigfoot
A creature gets ready to fight Bigfoot
Bigfoot gets covered in the blood of the creatures he's killing
Bigfoot gets covered in the blood of the creatures he’s killing
The protagonist watches the creatures fight
The protagonist watches the creatures fight
The Wendigo
The Wendigo

I was also surprised when the feisty female character Lilly (Anna Shields – also the writer the script), who I thought was going to end up being the movie’s ass-kicking ‘final girl’, gets her arm ripped off and she is killed!

I wasn’t expecting this!

 Lilly gets her arm torn off!
Lilly gets her arm torn off!
Creatures caught in the torchlight
Creatures caught in the torchlight
One more shot of Bigfoot roaring
One more shot of Bigfoot roaring

Feed the Gods (2014)

Bigfoot or Wild Man?

Two bickering brothers decide to trace their biological parents, leading them to a forgotten, backwoods town. Accompanied by the younger brother’s girlfriend (Emily Tennant), they eventually discover that the townsfolk sacrifice people to the local bigfoot creatures via a pact, which allows some of the locals to leave the town if they want to.

The protagonists
The trip begins!

Tyler Johnston plays the younger, sensible, lawyer brother Kris and Shawn (DIARY OF THE DEAD) Roberts plays Will, the older slacker brother who is a wannabe filmmaker and looks like he works out a lot. These two bicker throughout the film, with Kris being the more snarky of the two and Will coming across as impulsive but easy going. This constant sniping works some of the time but can get a bit much.

Nice poster

I think the premise of this movie, about the secret sacrifice to the local wild man ‘gods’, is great – plus there are interesting moments, such as when Will stumbles upon the skull of a creature in a cave.

A creature's skull
The skull

I enjoyed the movie till the start of the third act, when the plot should really have shifted gears, giving us more interactions & confrontations between the protagonists and the mysterious wild man/bigfoot creatures. This, unfortunately, doesn’t happen.

Film poster
He’s a legend. You’re history

Instead of this, the plot just keeps its focus on the leads and the local townsfolk who are part of the sacrificing-outsiders-to-the-bigfoot pact.

 up of creature
The creature's face
The creature is always shown in close up

Another element of the story that gets ridiculous is the way Will keeps accidentally killing people. He does this not just the one time, not twice, not three times… but four times! It just gets silly how he keeps inadvertently offing people, including the time he manages to kill one villain by pushing the guy onto a bear trap that is hanging on the wall, primed to snap shut! Now that’s what I call a dangerous living room decoration!


The plot remains bogged down with the townsfolk planning the sacrifices, capturing the protagonists, etc, rather than showing the main characters encountering the creatures – and, when a bigfoot/wild man does appear near the very end of the film, the makeup is not anything special.

Roaring bigfoot
Angry bigfoot!

Such a shame, really, as the film did show a lot of promise in its premise.

The bigfoot looks a bit like the Grinch here!