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Movie Review: I Origins

By Dorraine Fisher

Are the eyes truly the windows to the soul? Spiritual people are often challenged by science to change their beliefs, but can a scientist change his in the wake of insurmountable “spiritual evidence?” I Origins, directed by Mike Cahill, and starring Michael Pitt, Britt Marling, and Astrid Berges-Frisbey begs the question.

A microbiologist, played by Michael Pitt, sets out on a quest to disprove the existence of God once and for all through intensive studies of the unique signature of the human eye. But he finds himself madly in love with a woman,played by Astrid Berges-Frisbey, who will shake his beliefs to their foundation and challenge everything he thought he knew about the nature of existence.

Running Time: 93 minutes
Written & Directed 
by 
Travis Bain

Where to start.... well, first this film was shot in the forest of far North Queensland and to my surprise, the area looks a lot like my neck of the woods here in Kentucky. The scenery is nothing short of breath taking. I went into this movie knowing a little bit about it and always thought it looked interesting. I finally got around to purchasing it and giving it a good watch.
The plot line is pretty straight forward, two down-on-their-luck pest exterminators set out to search for lost gold in the thick forest.  Of course, anytime you are dealing with a large sum of money, greed always comes into play, and it is no different in this film. What is different, different than your typical "look for treasure" films, is that this area of forest is home to the Yowie. The Yowie is basically what us Americans call Bigfoot or Sasquatch. So, as the film progresses the fortune seekers are being stalked by a Yowie.

During the course of the film, we learn that several people have gone missing while in this forest. This is where you get to meet a familiar face in the film. Vernon Wells, who you will probably recognize from the movie The Road Warriors or one of his other numerous roles. He plays a deeply embedded detective trying to solve the case of the missing people.

I know, with us being a Bigfoot site, you want to know about the Yowie creature in the film...well here it goes. The creature in the film, the suit used, is not the best in the world, but it is not bad either. The director, Travis Bain, does a good job letting you see the Yowie without really seeing the flaws in the suit. Another plus is that you get the see the creature very soon into the movie and very often in the movie. So, considering that the film had a limited budget, the suit, along with the filming, makes it more that adequate.

During the course of the film, there are some intense scenes between the treasure hunters, the detective, and the Yowie. Of course, I don't want to post any spoilers, but there is a lot of gun play in the film. There is also some gore in the film but it is limited and done pretty good for the most part.

In the end, I enjoyed the film and found it to be entertaining. It is far better than much of the corny films you see on the SYFY channel. Please be aware, that this is a horror/adventure film and that the Yowie is not a cuddly forest friend in the film.

Also, of note is that the DVD contains a lot of extra content. It even has several of Bain's older short films, which I found entertaining.

So, if you are looking for a pretty solid fright type of film, Throwback, fits the bill pretty good..


The film was very well made and the picture quality is crisp. The pace of the movie is pretty good and there is very little lull time.

Here is my final rating.
Rating: 3 out of 5 


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~Tom~

This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


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Running time:86 minutes
Not Rated

This film is directed by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks, but probably the most recognizable name associated with the film is Kim Henkel. Henkel is probably most known for his work on the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre but also worked on other notable films such as: Eaten Alive, The Unseen, and Leatherface, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, just to name a few.

Another interesting aspect to the film is that it is based on a real legend and true events. The Wild Man of the Navidad legend is believed to be one of the first sightings of Bigfoot in Texas. It was first widely reported in 1837 throughout the early settlements along the Navidad River bottoms, circa the modern-day town of Sublime, Texas, in Lavaca County.  The movie is based around this legend and around the journals of Texan Dale S. Rogers.

As, you can see the film has a lot going for it and it appears the research has been done. I can tell you that I did enjoy the film, even though I understand many will not. The film has an overall 70's feeling to it, which again may not be appealing to some, but I liked it. The film is what many would consider very low budget. It is rather slow moving but I still found the characters interesting enough to keep me watching. While watching the film there is a sense that you are just watching normal people doing things they do everyday. 

Another aspect of the film, that I liked, was the fact that there was only a handful of professional actors and some of the cast was made up from local town folks. While again, this may seem to be something not good, it works out very well. In fact, one of the best performances was by Edmond J. Geyer, a local, who plays the sheriff in the movie. He does a very solid acting job, as do several others. Even the narrator, William 'Mac' McBride, done an amazing job and he was another local person who not only did the narration but played in the film.

The Wild man/Bigfoot is where the film was a little disappointing for me. The suit is noting more than various animal skins sewn together and is just not bigfoot looking to me. While this may have been the plan, I can't help but think the limited budget played a part in the wild man costume.

The heart of the film is old classic drive-in horror movie from the 70's and on that point it succeeds. I know many will dislike this film just because of it's low budget and slow pace. People looking for a really good bigfoot movie, will probably be disappointed in this film as well. So, even though I liked the film, I know most people will not and for that fact I have given it a lower score. I guess I appreciated it for the historical documentation and the classic horror feel, more than most will. The film has a Legend of Boggy Creek type appeal to it with sprinkles of humor. The DVD version I used for this review has some very good extra features. One in particular was of the locals talking about being in the movie. So, if you do end up watching this film, make sure to watch the special features.   


This film is definitely not for everyone.
Here is my final rating.
Rating: 2 out of 5   

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~Tom~

This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.



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Nightbeasts Dvd
Run Time: 80 minutes


First let me post up the plot line for the movie.
"Charles Thomas takes his son Tim on a weekend hunting trip to the woods only to have that outing violently interrupted by the appearance of Bigfoot. What starts as a vacation turns into an intense battle of survival against malevolent forces."

Now, this movie has a little star power in it as well, it features Zach Galligan of "Gremlins" fame and it also has Robert Miano of Donnie Brasco fame. The film also features Audra Wise and while you may not recognize the name, I'm sure you have heard of some of the movies she has been in...like The Dentist 2, and Unspeakable, just to name a few.

Now, with all that going for it, I can tell you I had high hopes for this film and really wanted to watch it. But in the end I was very disappointed in this film. The acting was about as bad as it gets, and the bigfoot costumes were dreadful. It appears that most of the funding for this film went to pay the stars, who really in the end, just did not deliver. The film quality is good, the plot line has promise but for me the film just fell so flat. Maybe I was over expecting. Another thing that really got me was that some of the "facts" about bigfoot were things that were odd and not consistent with bigfoot , at all. For example, Bigfoot has eyesight like bats and can not cross car lights,...yes I know this is silly but it happens in the movie.

While, I was sorely disappointed in the movie, it seems to have found an audience and is getting good reviews. So, you may just have to take a chance on it and see if it is something that falls into your realm of entertainment.

Nightbeasts trailer


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Rating: 1 out of 5



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~Tom~

This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


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Something in the woods
Running time: 90 minutes
Directed by Tony Gibson &  David D Ford

I recently purchased this movie, not knowing a whole lot about it. But it was Bigfoot related and the trailer seemed pretty good, so why not. I really didn't know what to expect and figured it was probably a low budget film, which is not an issue for me, so I took some time to watch it this morning. In short, a family discovers they have Bigfoot on their property and feel threatened when the Bigfoot comes up to the house. The father, takes steps to protect his family. 

Being a Bigfoot researcher and having been around Bigfoot on several occasions, I was somewhat amazed at how this film was able to capture the feeling of what a real Bigfoot sighting feels like. It didn't take long, about 30 minutes into the film, to tell that the people involved in this film did their homework. That is only one of the things that sets this Bigfoot film apart from many other Bigfoot films. Now, that may not mean a lot to people who do not know about the history of Bigfoot, or to non researchers or to people who have never had an encounter.  Even if you are not a Bigfoot enthusiast or have never had an encounter, the film is still very entertaining. But for people who already have good knowledge about the subject of Bigfoot, you will be blown away and very happy.


Pay The Ghost
Not Rated, Running time: 94 minutes
Directed by Uli Edel, Starring Nicolas Cage

Over the last few days, I have been battling with a head cold. So, while trying not to over do it, I thought I'd just watch a movie.  Being a fan of Nicolas Cage, I settled on Pay the Ghost. I had never heard of this movie. The plot of the movie is fairly straight forward. A professor (cage) takes his young son to a Halloween carnival and the child vanishes right from his side. After about a year, the professor and his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead) start to have odd things happen and soon realize their son is trying to contact them. As the couple tries to uncover the mystery about their son, they follow the clues and learn about a local legend that refuses to die.

Now, this movies offers very little in the way of "something new", but I found it very entertaining. It does contain some "jumpy" parts and a dark gloomy atmosphere. It is very well acted and the mystery of the phrase "pay the ghost" figures into film very well. Another good thing, at least for me, was that the movie contains no sex scenes or nudity. I don't even think there was any swear words. The film should hold most people interest, as it did mine. The movie moves along and avoids the boring scenes that can kill movies of this type.

In the Bigfoot world, there is often talk about portals, well this just might be a movie for you as portals play a important part in the most climactic part of the film. In fact, one of the more creepy parts of the film happen during this part of the film.


In the end, the film is a very watchable and falls into the realm of such films as Insidious. It's a supernatural child abduction movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5


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~Tom~


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet



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Tomorrow (10/22/13) is the release date for the movie The Conjuring. I did a review of the film (found Here) if you want my take on it. I think most do not realize the movie is base on real events. So I wanted to share this information graphic with everyone. Click this link to buy The Conjuring.

Infographic about the hit movie
Info about the Warrens and The Conjuring
Some pretty interesting stuff. The Warrens do have some critics of course but that seems to come with anyone in the paranormal field.

I hope you will give The Conjuring a watch, it was a good movie.

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~Tom~


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Creepy is the order of the day in The Conjuring
Available on 10/22
The Conjuring
Rated: R, Running Time: 112 minutes
Directed by James Wan
Release date: 10/22/13, Available on Blu-Ray, DVD, Streaming
 Movie Review
By
Thomas Marcum

If you've ever needed another reason not to buy a old plantation style house, just watch The Conjuring. The house itself is scary looking but the real fright is on the inside where multiple entities are living. This movie has some mega creepy scenes in it and several "that was creepy" events.

The main story starts with a family moving into an old plantation type house. Everything seems find at first and then the "bumps" in the night start.  As the evil forces become more violent the family seeks help from a pair of supernatural investigators.

 
Another interesting factor about this movie is that it is based on some real life events. Our family as a whole enjoyed the film but for me personally, I liked seeing the history of modern paranormal research and found it exciting. Many may not be aware but the investigators portrayed in the film are real life paranormal researchers, Ed and Lorraine Warren, Sadly Ed passed away in 2006 but Lorraine is still with us and still investigating. These two were real pioneers in the field of paranormal research and established many of the techniques still used today. So the movie has roots in real paranormal history, which people in the field of ghost hunting will appreciate.

The film is very entertaining and will make a great addition to the growing Halloween "must watch" movies. There is one scene in particular that stands out for me and it is the sheet scene, which I have included above. For more trailers of The Conjuring, please Click Here. I also encourage everyone to "like" The Conjuring Facebook page by Clicking Here!

The film has many terrifying elements from haunted or possessed material items to demons and exorcisms, which all make for a very good watch. So if you got room for another good solid scary movie, you should give this one a try.

The Blu-Ray DVD also contains a short but informative special feature entitled "A life in Demonology", where the real Lorraine Warren gives some insight into her many years of paranormal investigating. This special feature is for sure a must watch for anyone who is in the field of ghost hunting.

So in the end I enjoyed the film and can recommend it to anyone looking for a good scare on a dark night.

 Rating: 4 out of 5

Thanks
~Tom~





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Shadow People
Rated: PG-13,Running Time: 89 minutes
Directed by Matthew Arnold
Release date: March 19th - Blu-Ray & DVD
DVD Movie Review
By
Thomas Marcum

This movie dives into the phenomenon of SUNDS (Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome), which many blame on Shadow People. The movie stars Dallas Roberts from the AMC hit TV show The Walking Dead. Mr. Roberts plays the part of a somewhat down on his luck radio personality just hoping to keep his show on the air. What he gets is a life changing call from a young man named Jeff, who talks about seeing "Shadow People".  Once Charlie Crowe, Roberts character, gets his mind opened to the shadow people and more mysterious deaths occur, a spooky glimpse into the unseen world takes place. The plot thickens again once a CDC agent joins the hunt for a cause of death.

As the movie progresses, Charlie becomes more frazzled and fearful of the shadow people. I found this movie very entertaining and it does a good job creating a creepy atmosphere. According to the storyline Shadow People is based on true events that took place in my corner of the world, Eastern Kentucky. The movie does a excellent job of blending in News footage and what appears to be real world interviews with the real people involved.

While this movie may not appeal to everyone, it does a fine job of  with the subject material. I would suggest you give it a view if you're looking for a creepy supernatural thriller base on some true events.

Watching this movie it brought back a childhood memory of something my dad told. I was about 10-12 years old and early one morning I heard my dad tell my mother how a large dark shadow had came over top of him during the night while sleeping. How it felt like he was smothering and how he said "oh Lord, please No" and the Dark Shadow moved on through the room. He called it "A Death Angle" and later that morning we seen an ambulance at our neighbors house and later found out their
new born, healthy baby had passed away. This was in the same direction the death angle had gone.

So in closing I would just like to say the movie is well done all the way around and well worth watching.
So are Shadow People real? Watch the movie before you answer.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Thanks
~Tom~
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!!UPDATE!!

The first of the firm screening dates to come in for NIGHTBEASTS.

The Cinematheque Theatre in upstate New York    7/12/2013
The Nova 6 Cinemas in  Moline Illinois                    8/9/2013
The Jamestown 14 Theatre in Florissant Missouri     7/19/2013


NIGHTBEASTS is a upcoming 35mm widescreen feature film starring Zach Galligan.
You all should remember Zack Galligan from the Gremlins movie many years ago.
NIGHTBEAST has been playing the film festival circuit and garnering numerous awards, the film has received overseas distribution with Wonderphil Productions. The Film is currently in negotiations for a North American VOD release through a prominent but unnamed film distributor.

VOD is "video on demand" which is offered by several online companies like Netflix and Hulu.
So maybe if all goes well we will be able to watch this soon.

Don't for get to check out The Bigfoot Shop for currently available bigfoot movies and books.

NIGHTBEASTS is centered around a father and son on a weekend hunting trip when they encounter supernatural horror in the woods.

Here is a sneak peak of NIGHTBEASTS

 


Horror or Hoax ?
The Big Hoax of the Amityville Horror!
By TCC Team Memeber Dorraine Fisher
            The Amityville Horror, starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder back in 1979 was one of the most famous cult-classic horror movies of all time. It was based on the best selling book by Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror: A True Story that had been published in 1977.  And that was the main reason movie-watchers flocked to theaters in droves to see the film. It was said to have been based on a true story of a house haunted by demonic spirits in Amityville, New York after six people had been brutally murdered there.
            On November 13, 1974 Ronald and Louise DeFeo and their two sons and two daughters were shot to death in their beds in the house at 112 Ocean Ave. After their one surviving son, Ronald Jr. (Butch) DeFeo was arrested, convicted of the crime, and sent to prison, the house was put up for sale.
George & Kathy Lutz in the late 1970’s

            In 1975, George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the house. But not long afterward, they claimed some horrifying things took place there. Icky green slime oozed from the ceilings, an unidentified force ripped doors from their hinges and slammed cabinet doors, they were attacked by a swarm of insects,  and a demonic face with glowing red eyes looked into their windows at night and left cloven hoof prints in the fresh snow.
            In an attempt to stop the activity, it was said a priest was called in to bless the house only to find himself with painful blisters on his hands. He promptly left after being told by a demonic voice to “Get out!”
            A local TV crew reported the strange goings on in the house. Numerous ghost hunters and psychics were called in and all came to the conclusion the house was possessed by some kind of demons and that only an exorcism could solve the problem.
            The Lutzes promptly left the house and helped Anson with the details as he wrote his book.
  Many people doubted the story, though Anson and the group still presented it as truth. 
            But as time passed too many holes were found in the story and larger questions were raised. It seems with all the horrific activity that supposedly took place in the house during that time, the police were never called. And when a researcher Rick Moran checked into the story about the demon peering through the windows and leaving hoof prints in the snow, it seems there had been no snowfall reported at that time. He found this along with nearly a hundred other discrepancies and inconsistencies. Moran  also questioned Father Pecoraro, who had blessed the house, and he claimed he never saw anything unusual in the house.
            And in spite of all this, the Lutzes stuck to their story as they collected large sums of money from from their rights to the film and book.
            But it all finally unraveled when Butch Dafeo’s lawyer, William Weber, confessed that he and the Lutzes had created the tall tale together. Weber had made up the story in order to get a new trial for Dafeo while the Lutzes continued to reap the monetary benefits. But none of the reported events ever took place. George Lutz still maintains the story was mostly true but has never presented evidence to prove it.
The so-called paranormal experts and psychics who had validated the story ended up embarrassed and humiliated by their determinations.  And to this day, many people still don’t know it was all a big hoax. *******           
DF
©2012 The Crypto Crew
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[Some info from Snopes.com ]








Published on Apr 16, 2012 by
"Throwback" is the second feature film from Australian writer/director Travis Bain. His first feature, "Scratched" was one of the four finalists in the 2005 digiSPAA Digital Feature Film Festival.

Two modern-day treasure hunters -- Jack (Shawn Brack) and Kent (Anthony Ring) -- venture into the remote jungles of Far North Queensland in search of lost bushranger gold. But their adventure goes terribly awry when they are threatened by a savage creature, a legendary monster known as a Yowie, Australia's answer to Bigfoot. Together with a female park ranger named Rhiannon (Melanie Serafin) and a burnt-out ex-homicide detective, Jack and Kent find themselves locked in a battle for survival as the territorial Yowie tries to ensure they never leave its domain alive.

"Throwback" is currently in production in Cairns, Far North Queensland. Filming is taking place on a Canon HV20 HDV camcorder in 1080p resolution. The final film will be matted to CinemaScope 2.35:1. The final cut is due for completion in 2013.

"Throwback" is an homage to genre films of the '50s through to the '70s that shaped Travis Bain's childhood. Influences on "Throwback" include:

* The bigfoot drive-in films of the '70s, including "The Legend of Boggy Creek" and "Creature from Black Lake."
* Other '70s classics such as "Deliverance."
* '50s monster movies such as "Creature from the Black Lagoon."
* The westerns of Anthony Mann and Budd Boetticher.
* The neo-westerns of Walter Hill.
* The creature features of William Girdler, i.e. "Day of the Animals" and "Grizzly."
* The films of Terrence Malick.

A full trailer for "Throwback" will be released later in 2012. To find out more about "Throwback", please visit www.travisbain.com.au

For media enquiries, please email travisbain@hotmail.com

TCC - looks like it might be a fun film.

Sasquatch the Quest mock-up poster by Bigfoot Evidence

Our Friends over at bigfoot evidence blog posted a story from Robert Lindsay blog about how the Erickson Project videos were now in the hands of Hollywood and it was being worked on and will be released sometime soon.
Lindsay post this in the article:
"We know this because on a Twitter account of a Hollywood director, the director twitted that he had been called away from his current project to work on the Erickson Project at a studio."

I personally do not know if this is true or not but in the past Lindsay has been right a lot.
His post about the Erickson Project has now been met with a rebuttal from one person who is close to the project.

Randy Brisson had this to say about the Robert Lindsay post and the Bigfoot Evidence post  -

"I can tell you that none of this is true, Robert Lindsay should get his facts right, I talked to Adrian Erickson this morning, He knows nothing about this, or any thing to do with this, More Bullshit talk, Many should get the facts right, This is put on to make the Erickson project look bad, I can tell you only a few of us knows what goes on."

He later said this -
"None of this is True, Bigfoot Evidence should check the facts before they put anything on. Dont belive Robert Lindsay nut."

We have always found Mr. Brisson to be pretty truthful as well but could it be true that the videos will release soon and he is just trying to keep it quite? I think it is possible that the videos will at some point be released. I don't really see Hollywood getting involved but who knows for sure... and if the videos were real close to a release date I don't see a reason to keep it from the public, but now if the release date was a ways off then maybe it would be a reason to keep it quite for now. whos knows.

So in the end it makes for some good speculation but the waiting process continues. :( 

Thanks
Tom

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