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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.

Movie Review: Renegade: The Life Story of David Icke

By Dorraine Fisher


No one on the planet in our lifetime has been more controversial than David Icke. Less-than-affectionately known as a “renowned conspiracy theorist” and to others, a nutjob or hero, David Icke has pushed the proverbial buttons on our view of reality to the brink of total oblivion on numerous occasions and still manages to stay relevant after decades. Why? Because as crazy as some might think he is, people are beginning to see and experience the truth in what he’s been saying all along, as this new documentary about his life illustrates.


Kronos Rising: Diablo
A Review By Dorraine Fisher

Max Hawthorne, the author of the famous Kronos Rising series has done it again with his latest book, Kronos Rising: Diablo. A carefully-crafted fiction about the Diablo Caldera, a volcanic island off the coast of Cuba encasing a giant salt-water lake that has long been the secret home of some terrifying monsters of the deep since the Cretaceous Period. But their imprisonment in this secluded lake is about to come to an end, and a nightmare is about to be unleashed into the open ocean.

This time around, in this intended prologue to the series, Max spins another harrowing, action-packed monster tale, painstakingly researched, and rich in scenic and historic detail, while delivering the same true-to-form, page-turning intensity as always. And all this in this comparatively short novella.

If you’re not familiar with the Kronos Rising series, this is a great book to introduce yourself. And if you’re already a fan, this book will fill some gaps in the story line you may have been looking for. Either way, it’s certain to not disappoint. It’ll keep you pinned to your seat and wanting more.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

*******DF





This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, photographer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!



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Running Time: 48 minutes

Thanks to my recent subscription to Amazon Prime, I finally get to watch some long overdue bigfoot documentaries and movies. I know some of you may not like the fact that we do movie and book reviews, but it can be important in pointing people to films or book with good information or at least worth the price of admission.

With that said, last night I watched Bigfootville. This is a straight forward bigfoot documentary with witness interviews, skeptic voices, and field research. The film quality is pretty good but not HD as this film is a little older. Don't let the fact this film was made in 2002 put you off, it still has a lot to offer.

The film takes place in rural Oklahoma were numerous reports of a 9 foot tall hairy man have been reported. During the course of the film there are several witness interviews and some investigations. During a night investigation, which included 2 witnesses who had a previous sighting in the area, there is some activity that is pretty interesting. Some rocks are thrown and a dark figure is seen by everyone in the group. One of the witnesses was really emotional about returning to the area, he was nearly to the point of tears. It seems his reservations about returning to the area were on target.

The witnesses who tell about their sightings, all come off as being authentic and truthful. It seems pretty obvious these folks seen something that was out of the norm for the area. Another very interesting part of this documentary is listening to the local Native American tribe talk about it.

Now, a few things about the film bothered me. The overtones the first quarter of the film had me frustrated. It was leaning strongly to idea that all bigfoot sightings were fake and the witnesses liars or just mistaken on what they saw. One big wig anthropologist by the name of Russ Tuttle had me ready to scream at the TV. He was one of those people who spout the old lines of "You seen a bear" and "It was just someone pulling a prank", "there is no evidence of bigfoot".
There was also a wildlife guy who made a statement I have heard many people say and it goes something like this: "I've been in the mountains all my life. I have never seen or found any evidence of bigfoot, there is no such thing." But thankfully I held on and the program improved and got to witness testimony and investigations.

The good news is you can actually watch the movie for Free as it is on youtube. If you have some time I recommend you give it a watch.


Overall, this is a very good bigfoot documentary. I was unable to find this title on DVD, it appears it is unavailable, so Youtube or Amazon is the only way to watch it I guess.


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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Runtime:54 minutes

I finally got around to watching the documentary film Minerva Monster. This film is about a continuing series of bigfoot sightings and activity in a small town in eastern Ohio. The film mainly focuses on one family and their years of activity behind their house. The film also brings in other sightings from the area and numerous interviews.

According to the documentary, a local family had a sighting of the creature near their home and being frightened called the police. From there the whole event kind of snowballed and the area and the family was thrust into the spotlight. The story made local and national news headlines. Every bigfoot hunter and rubbernecker from all over came to the area. There were even times when the family was harassed by skeptics.

According to the family the creature kept coming around the family's property, it would throw rock and make tree knocks. The family tells about many sightings and encounters with the beast. They talk about finding huge footprints and finding bedding areas.

There were many things I like about this little film. I like the fact that the local police officer who was called to the house, is actually interviewed extensively during the film. The newspaper reporter covering the story way back in the 70's, is also interview extensively. The production and film quality is high level. It was a well done production.

Throughout the course of the film, other witnesses and more recent sightings from the area are added in, but the central story remains around this one particular family. Bigfoot researcher Paul Hayes is also featured in the film and he tells about the sighting he and his son had of a bigfoot.

Overall, it was a pretty good little film, just realize it is not a film about going out and looking for evidence. It is mostly interviews and people telling about what happened. There are some photographs presented from the central story but not much. This is the aspect of the film that I was a little disappointed in. I wish there had been more photos from the police investigation or family presented.

So, if you would like to watch a film about a family who has had numerous sightings and encounters with bigfoot, then this film might be right for you. Please be aware that the first of the film is pretty slow on the bigfoot front. It is mostly historians telling about the town and how it's grown over the years.  While many will find the first part of the film boring, just hang with it, after it gets into the bigfoot stuff it is much better.

Here is the official trailer


During the interviews there are a lot of different details given about the area and the sightings. I was unfamiliar with this story and its long history, so I enjoyed learning about it. 


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: 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~

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Welcome to episode 15 of My Crypto World. In this episode I talk about some of the equipment I use while researching bigfoot. I also do a product review of a new piece of gear, that I may be able to use for bigfoot research.

Here is episode 15





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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~

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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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First, let me start by saying I was somewhat of a fan of the old X files show, even though due to my work schedule I was not able to watch it very often. I did make sure to watch the 2 feature films when they came out.

Now, 13 years after the original series ended, the show has been brought back. It's being called the next chapter of the series. It is also being called a reboot by some, I personally don't like that term, maybe it's due to all the "reboot" movies that have/are coming out, and most have been terrible. I would prefer a "continuation" of the series to the word "reboot", but that is just me.

Anytime you re-launch a previously successful TV show or movie, you run the risk of destroying it in the eyes of the fans. I'm sure we could sit and count the numerous flops over the years. But with the X files, it appeals to a special type of audience. One that in many ways is far more critical when it comes to our favorite movies and TV shows. Some have and will continue to call the show boring, but for me and millions of other fans, it's far from boring.

So, how was the new X files?

Well, in a nut shell.....it was totally AWESOME!
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson faultlessly step right back into their previous roles without ever skipping a beat. The two work with the same chemistry as they had before, it was impressive. Some may want to critique their acting ability, and that is fine, but they continue to capture their characters as well as they did in the past.

The plot of the show remains true to days gone by but with some added twist to bring it up to current issues. Issues such as false flags, government take over, and flashy conspiracy shows. I could say more but I try not to post spoilers.

The first episode is loaded with a lot of stuff to keep UFO fans happy. Almost ever aspect UFO fans and researchers consider corner stones are there. Roswell, alien abduction, hybridization, cover ups and more are all there. I particularly liked the Roswell part, it was really cool and without spoiling anything, lets just say episode 1 ended with a big bang. I was also thankful the original intro music was kept.    

So, in my opinion, the show was really good and fans of the old show should not be disappointed. I think with this "continuation" of X-Files there will be a whole new audience hooked on The X Files.

Also, in my opinion, we have been missing a show of this type. Yes, we have other paranormal shows, but for the most part they are more of a documentary type thing or the dreaded docudrama. The X files, effectively  blends in the things UFO fans and researcher like, while creating interesting drama and various sub plots. 

Now, if you did not watch last nights show, you need to get caught up because another awesome show will be on tonight.

If you missed last nights show, watch it now online by Clicking Here!

I'm sure, I will be tuning in tonight and you will be too after watching the first episode.

Bravo Fox, Bravo!

Oh, and yes

The TRUTH is Out There!

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~Tom~


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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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Expedition Unknown

Last night was the 2 hour premier episode of Expedition Unknown featuring Josh Gates. Most of you are already aware of Gates from his past show Destination Truth, which was on the SyFy Channel.

Expedition Unknown's first episode had Gates hot on the trail of famous missing pilot Amelia Earhart. Gates travels to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and pursues several leads which has him covering several areas. PNG, as it is called, is very diverse culturally and it is estimated that there is over 1,000 culture groups. With 848 languages, Gates, has some helpers in the form of interpreters.

It was interesting seeing the tribes in this area, as they came out to welcome Gates in the full tribal decor. There where some tense moments, after all this is a place where you may have be killed and eaten in days gone by.

The episode's central focus was on the discovery of a box full of bones, that very possibly could have been the bones of Amelia Earhart. Gates has to talk to a lot of people to chase down the whereabouts of the bones. He finally ends up digging in the area where the bones where discovered in the box by a then 13 year old boy.

During the episode there is also some investigating of crashed aircraft in an attempt to local the plane Earhart was piloting. It also leads to some water searching and diving, which adds to the excitement.

Josh Gates, is witty and likable in Expedition Unknown and the show is very reminisce in style as his former gig, Destination Truth.

I found this episode to be filled with interesting information and enjoyed the awesome scenery of PNG. With the advertisement of future episodes making several cameos last night, the show looks like it will be as fun and entertaining as anything currently offered.

If there is one thing that disappointed me, it would be that there doesn't appears to be any shows featuring cryptids. I hope this changes and it very well could. It would also be nice to see Gates bring in some of is old team for a few shows as well. We all remember the chemistry between Gates and Jael de Pardo from Fact or Faked, right? Jael made many appearances on Destination Truth and they played off of each other very well.    

So, in closing, let me say if you enjoyed watching Josh Gates on his last show, then you should also find Expedition Unknown to your liking. Welcome Back Josh!

My final rating for this Episode
4 out of 5      

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DVD Review


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.


Pursuit of the Paranormal
Rated: Not Rated ,Running Time: 90 minutes
Directed by Chris Bores


Some of you may recognize the name of the director of  Pursuit of the Paranormal, Chis Bores, from his very popular youtube channel - Irategamer, where he rates and does various skits mostly revolving around video games. But Chris also has a passion for paranormal investigations and it will become more evident once you watch Pursuit of the Paranormal.

So last night I finally got some free time to watch Pursuit of the Paranormal, not really knowing what to expect, I can say I was surprised with the quality of the film. As an independent film creator myself, I know how hard it is to produce a high production film and the cost associated with high quality cameras. Sometimes you just have to work with what you have and do the best you can and in this case the quality of the film is very good.

As the show is coming on we learn that it is hosted by Chris Bores and Alan Cicco. They are investigating a very familiar place, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, which is known for paranormal activity. I instantly remembered the Lighthouse from a past episode of Ghost Hunters, the previous evidence collected by Ghost Hunters was tied in very well during the first of Pursuit of the Paranormal .

So at this point my interest in the film is peeked and I'm ready for the investigation to start.

Pursuit of the Paranormal, has a really good Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures type of feel to it. A good bit of back ground is given about the lighthouse before the investigation start. Of course, with the Lighthouse being a historical hotspot for paranormal activity, the investigators are not disappointed. There is a lot of activity, but I'm assuming some of the odd banging could have been due to the temperature changes of a sunny day to a cooler night, resulting in popping and cracking of the structure. But, this is not all that happens, the team are also using various cameras and K2 meters. The K2 meters received a lot of the activity and this is where the most interesting part of the film takes place.

What was really interesting was that during the numerous K2 sessions it seemed the spirits would not or could not answer certain questions about the afterlife. Is there a particular reason for this?  The team probes deeper and tries to find the answers. I know some of the questions the investigators ask are the ones I would have ask.

While this film may not be for everyone, it does have high production values and the host/investigators do a good job. There is various evidence presented and it was entertaining. If you are a fan of or like shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, then you should find Pursuit of the Paranormal to your liking.

The only real draw backs for me were the lack of debunking attempts and lack of more gadgets, I would have liked to see more equipment used in attempts to contact the spirits. But, I can somewhat see the lack of more gadgets, as I know some of that stuff is expensive.

While there may be nothing earth shattering in the film, the line of questioning during the K2 sessions makes the film a very worthwhile watch in my opinion. This is a very good effort in the crowded market place of paranormal research. 

To purchase the film just go to Pursuit of the Paranormal.com
 

 Rating: 3 out of 5

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Z - Boat 
Z-Boat
(Publisher - Permuted Press)
By
Suzanne Robb


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Story Over View -

Brian Kingston, a captain with good intentions but a heavy drinking problem, jumps at the opportunity to make more money than he can imagine on a deep-sea dive aboard the search and rescue submarine, The Betty Loo. He quickly discovers just what he’s gotten himself, and his crew, into. The Betty Loo will be going to suicidal depths on a mission to rescue The Peacemaker, a sub once thought to be unsinkable. After receiving an anonymous threat on the day of departure, Brian is left with no choice but to continue on the mission. 

But the depths of the sea aren’t the only problems ahead. Upon arrival to The Peacemaker, he realizes that though not all the bodies are dead, there is no one to rescue. The crewmembers, both old and new, have to trust one another and fight for their lives against the adapting undead or join them in the floating graveyard that is The Peacemaker.
Review -
Wow! The detail in describing the attacking zombies is second to none. As the zombies snap and rip the flesh of their victims it creates a good visual in your mind.
The author does an excellent job at creating the state of despair and just general creepiness. Romero would be proud. 
What I guess I found most to my liking, other than the zombies, is that you get a good feel for the characters, their background and life issues that got them to their point in the story.
After reading their background, you can understand why some of them live in the shadows and partake of such suicide missions.
Imagine the feeling of being in a submarine full of zombies and under the darkness of the sea. The premise of the story is one of the factors that sets it apart from the crowded zombie field. 
If you like zombies and who don't, this should be a good read for you. The zombie craze has caused a lot of subpar products to be released to the market, I'm happy to say this is well above most of them.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


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Spike TV's Bigfoot Bounty - Ep 2 Review
Bigfoot Bounty

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Well, tonight was the second episode of Spike TV's Bigfoot Bounty, so once again I thought I'd offer up my opinion about this episode. Again, this is not meant to put down anyone on the show, many of these folks are acquaintances of mine.

So tonight the remaining 8 teams continued the search for bigfoot. The pace of tonight's show was much less chaotic than the first episode but still kept it's competitiveness.

One thing I think is being over emphasized is the masking of a person scent when bigfooting, we seen everything from rubbing poop on your body to eating it, and it continues a little in this episode.

Now on to some of the high and low points of this episode.

Dax and Rictor have a few interesting moments, one is when they find what could be a very large X structure. This of course is not explored on the show as the judges have no idea of what could be bigfoot evidence, they are just looking for DNA and a photo. Any true bigfoot researcher has somewhat of an understanding that bigfoot do indeed make various stick formations.
A potentially dangerous event happens when Rictor takes a pretty nasty fall into a creek. There where some very large rocks and luckily he didn't hit his head.

Tonight's first challenge was to take a clear picture of any kind of animal in the massive forest.  It is at this point some game cams are deployed by the teams. Ro and Justin manage to chase down a squirrel and take a picture of it. It was somewhat comical to watch them run this squirrel.

One part I found frustrating was when the judges review some of the photos captured by the game cams. Dr. Disotell makes some references to needing something for scale on deer photos? I think we all pretty much understand the size of deer but I understand needing something for scale.

The second challenge was to collect some bigfoot DNA samples. Most of the teams turned in various samples of scat and some possible hair samples. Here's where the show is really lacking, they seem to think you can't just walk out in the forest and find bigfoot DNA samples. Sorry it's just not that easy.

Some of the teams were fighting amongst themselves in tonight's show. The all girl team of Kirsten and Shaney were at each other pretty good for most of the show. It makes one wonder... If 2 girls are arguing in the forest and no one cares, does bigfoot still hear them? In the end they work things out.

The show took more of a turn towards "Survivor" tonight as several teams attempt to make alliances.  Now I don't know how this might work out as most seem to say they don't trust each other.

The Host and the two judges rip into the contestants for being "unprofessional" but it's just not feasible to ask the contestants to go into an area they know very little about and bring back Bigfoot DNA samples. Proving real proof of bigfoot is something that will take lots of evidence, not just a DNA sample. If by chance a contestant brought back a real Bigfoot DNA sample how would you know it was Bigfoot DNA? Do we have it in the data banks? Do we even know we can differentiate between human and Bigfoot DNA? I guess the people in the white coats know, I sure don't.

I can say that I did enjoy the slower pace of tonight's show but it appears from the previews of next weeks show that the fighting between teams heats up. In the end there just seems to be a lack of knowledge and experience  about bigfoot research from the judges and some of the teams.

Also I must mention Mike Merchant, He becomes an ant eater tonight and has a little fun out of his teammate. There is just something about a big pile of poop that he loves.

I guess I could go on but will wrap it up for now. I didn't think I'd be watching Bigfoot Bounty but have found it fairly entertaining and enjoy writing the reviews. I hope you enjoy reading them.

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~Tom~





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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

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~Tom~





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This is just makes me laugh - I hope he does more reviews.

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