Halloween is over, but as ever, I’m behind with reviewing the films I’ve watched this October. So here we go…
Bigfoot Wars (2014)
Now I’m a big fan of Bigfoot movies. The Legend of Boggy Creek is, in my book, a total classic. So I was intrigued by Bigfoot Wars and definitely wasn’t put off by the obvious low budget, straight to video fest that I was letting myself in for.
The story, in a nutshell, is this: a small town (named Boggy Creek, interestingly enough) has a problem with marauding Bigfoot abducting the local females.
Unfortunately it is all a bit cheap, at least as far as the script goes. The sasquatch look pretty scary and manage to introduce a good dose of tension to the proceedings. However the story is fairly lame and obvious, with rather poor acting and dialogue. Some guy called C Thomas Howell is the token ex-big name slumming it; but his performance is unintelligible.
As a fan of Bigfoot movies, there was enough here for me to enjoy. However I couldn’t really recommend Bigfoot Wars to anyone else.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Tim Burton directed this version of the Washington Irving story, and it really is superb. The design and cinematography are spell binding; the story rattles along at a great pace, and the cast is rammed with an unbelievable level of talent.
Our old mate Johnny Depp plays Ichabod Crane, who in this version is a detective, sent to the remote town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate some hideous murders. It appears that the locals are being decapitated by a Headless Horseman, though why is a mystery. Crane must use his rational, scientific sensibilities to put a stop to the carnage – though it appears that the events may be of supernatural origin after all…
Apparently this film is Tim Burton’s tribute to Hammer horror; it’s easy to see why with the scenes of stage coaches rolling through gloomy forests. A cameo from the late, great Christopher Lee further exaggerates the point. Lashings of blood also help to underscore the tribute to sixties horror.
Sleep Hollow is exceptionally well made – it looks incredible and the story is riveting. Whilst the motivations are a little convoluted, it all comes together in the end. Highly recommended for some blood thirsty thrills, and worthy of repeated viewings.