Synopsis: Ben & Annie are a young couple on a weekend trip to Annie’s small North Carolina home town who, after meeting a charming old friend, embark on an impromptu ‘Bigfoot hunt’ that threatens both their relationship and their lives.
Review: What attracted me to want to initially review this movie was Big Foot. But sadly he is more talked about than actually seen in this film, which is perhaps just as well given the eventual reveal is not to much further along than Andre The Giant in the Big Foot suit from 1970’s ‘Six Million Dollar Man’.
Instead of a Big Foot horror movie. This is more of a relationship drama and is more about Ben and Annie than it is about Big Foot or indeed the hunt for him.
Basically Ben and Annie connect with some of Annie’s old friends and they spontaneously go off on a hunt in their old stomping ground to share stories around the camp fire and try and scare each other with tales of Big Foot. It’s all good fun, but as far as horror and suspense goes. There isn’t any.
The actors put on a good show though and seem to work their butts off. But from a story-line point of view its a little to relationship focused and at times I thought I was watching a soap and not a horror flick.
This is an indie film. So obviously without the budget for decent effects and make-up. It was always going to be a struggle. Hence why we likely do not see much of Big Foot until the end.
What makes this film is the acting and some of the characterizations, but sadly the story and story beats were kind of slow and the payoff at the end wasn’t really that great.
The music score was full on red neck banjo’s and such and is one aspect that I quite liked about the film. In fact the music evoked a better sense of tension for me than the films story.
‘Stomping Ground’ comes out on DVD and VOD on March 8th. If your a fan of indie films it is probably worth a look. But if you are looking for horror and suspense and what not. I suggest you rent this first if you can before making your decision. Its not one that will fit all tastes.
It didn’t really rock my socks off, which is sad because I really, really wanted to like it.
- Incidental Music9.0