It looks like Bigfoot may be taking to the big screen again soon in the horror movie Exists, as Lions Gate Entertainment purchased the distribution rights to the film at South by Southwest (SXSW).
SXSW: Lionsgate Picks Up Bigfoot Horror Film ‘Exists’ (The Hollywood Reporter):
Eduardo Sánchez, best known for co-directing the genre-defining movie The Blair Witch Project, is behind the flick, which aims to redefine the Sasquatch myth.
According to Lionsgate, the movie centers on five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas who struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.
Brian Steele, who has played creatures in Hellboy and Underworld, plays a role previously filled by Bob Heironimus. He has had experience playing the a more lightly-humored version Sasquatch previously in Harry and the Hendersons (from 1992-1993).
Found-footage films can be problematic, and they seem to be feeding the current paranormal craze in entertainment, but they also have the potential to be thoughtful. According to a SXSW film review of Exists, Sanchez attempts to avoid those problems:
From the get go, Exists doesn’t play with the premise that this footage was found, it’s told from a first person perspective, but that choice is a tool Sanchez chose in lieu of traditional filming techniques. Credits and title cards roll from the start telling you that you’re watching a horror movie that just happens to be from a found-footage perspective.
Hmm… a bunch of friends carelessly hit a character with their vehicle, and the surviving victim wreaks havoc on their lives? I feel like I’ve seen this movie before… perhaps last summer.