Exist Review: One Of The Best Bigfoot Movie From Eduardo Sánchez
The Exists directed by Eduardo Sánchez. He once resonated with the horror movie ‘The Blair Witch Project’.
The creature’s big reveal is masterfully handled and a final revelation is exceptionally memorable. But the characters, unsurprisingly, remain interchangeable with those of any number of other teens-in-peril pics.
A group of friends on their way to a relaxing weekend in the woods at a family member’s cabin are stalked by the infamous Bigfoot – easy enough? Well then, let’s progress – the five friends, who are set up in the traditional fashion (the good couple, the raunchy couple, and the tagalong stoner idiot), are all represented with the utmost candor. While it would be like beating a dead horse to get into each and every instance of the story here, I’m going to go with a bit of a different route, so let’s see what works and what doesn’t.
What we do know is that we have a group of friends that at times are rigged to the hilt with varying angles of GoPro cameras, all in the hopes of attaining some superior YouTube footage while mountain biking through the wooded masses. What has become tedious is the knowledge that no matter what peril one particular individual may be in at the time. Those cameras will always be powered on, no matter what (these cameras also have enough battery power to push a small manned spacecraft back through re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, apparently). The upside is that we don’t miss a whole hell of a lot when it comes to the hairy one’s multiple attacks.
The monster knows just when to jump, when to show its face, and is pretty handy when it comes to electrical cutoff (NO generator can withstand its power). Aside from the asinine behavior of the cast and a mapped-out storyline, I’m willing to sustain execution on this one because the premise (while not new) does hold some sort of interest outside of a witch or hermit/vampire or extraterrestrial holding residence in the forest, and for the most part the movie is entertaining in some fashion. It’s not terrible, and it’s not horror gold – it’s just there… kind of like Bigfoot. It could be there, and then again it couldn’t be there – it all depends on your eyes to decide whether or not it truly Exists.
Rating: R (for language throughout, some violence, sexual content and drug use)
Directed By: Eduardo Sánchez
Written By: Jamie Nash
In Theaters: Oct 24, 2014 Limited
Cast: Brian Steele, Samuel Davis, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards
Runtime: 86 minutes
What are the Critics saying about Exists 2014:
Robert Abele (Los Angeles Times)
Nothing pulls you out of a scenario of dread faster than thinking: “Well, why would that character be filming now? Shouldn’t he be helping?” or “Well, that falling camera sure landed in a fortuitous position.”
Frank Scheck (Hollywood Reporter)
Bereft of interesting characters, clever dialogue and any semblance of humor or visual coherence. Exists offers nothing to justify its cinematic existence.
Jeannette Catsoulis (New York Times)
Featuring the usual fractured visuals, generic victims and pinballing cameras – both hand-held and mounted on bike helmets. “Exists” nevertheless has an unusually dreamy opening and a few surprisingly entertaining tweaks.
Geoff Berkshire (Variety)
Generic script and cardboard characters hobble ‘The Blair Witch Project’ co-director Eduardo Sanchez’s return to found-footage horror.
Keith Uhlich (AV Club)
It’s fun to be scared, but it’d be nice if the human meat were more interesting.