Exists (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Eduardo Sánchez
Starring: Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Chris Osborn
Rated: R/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Lions Gate
For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway- a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed-something not exactly human, but not completely animal- an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.
If you dangled me over my balcony by my ankles and forced me to name a good Bigfoot movie, I’d be pretty hard pressed to think of one. Let us all be honest here, there really aren’t THAT many good Bigfoot movies. But fear not, my friends! Thanks to Exists (Made by one of the dude’s behind The Blair Witch Project) you now have a possible life saving Bigfoot movie to name drop in the case that you ever find yourself hanging for your life with naming a good Bigfoot movie being your only hope for survival. The film has a group of friends heading to the woods and to their credit they aren’t as unlikeable as you’d usually expect in these things. I mean they do overuse the word “bro”, but as far as these types usually go, you could do a whole heck of a lot worse. The stoner of the group wants to film the whole weekend get-away, but when he suspects Bigfoot to be looming he makes it his mission to have a camera everywhere possible to make sure the film misses no good camera angles! I mean, at this point we kind of have to overlook those too perfect by chance moments with what the camera catches, because it isn’t like you actually have a chance of making people believe any of what they are seeing is real anymore. So, ignoring that, the movie is interesting enough, is a little on the short side (not a bad thing), and gives off some actual creepy moments. That is surely not easy to do, but somehow the film does it! I’d give Eduardo Sánchez a hi-five in that regards if I could.
One more thing I find good about this especially is the way we actually see Bigfoot. He might play peek-a-boo a time or two, but the big fellow is right up front and center at times, which is a nice change from other Bigfoot movies that usually choose not to show us a money shot at all. I don’t think any of us would call this a perfect film, but as fare as just the sub-genre of Bigfoot movies go, you could do a whole-whole heck of a lot worse than this film right here (Lord knows I’ve seen worse). I know we’ve seen a million “found footage” movies as of late, I’m stick of them as well. This film here, however, brings enough new and fun stuff to the table that I think even the most jaded of found footage hater will be able to find something to enjoy about this one by the time the credits roll. I mean, its no Harry and the Hendersons, but what is? It is certainly tons better than Willow Creek, Boggy Creek, of any other God awful creek that is the home for the more typical and dull Bigfoot of the cinematic world. So summing it all up here, if you have been waiting for a Bigfoot movie worth seeing, your wait is finally over with Eduardo Sánchez’s Exists.
– Director’s Commentary
– 21 Days in the Woods Feature
– Bringing Bigfoot to Life Feature
– Deleted Scenes