WARNING- There are spoilers in this review!!
This, in my opinion, is what horror films are supposed to be. The film has a solid but uncomplicated plot, a great monster, some really strange main characters and a house full of young women ready to party. It also has Jeffrey Combs. If there is a better horror formula, I am not sure what it is. Granted, there are movies that I like more, but this one is very entertaining the whole way through!
First, the cast is great. Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator series, and an overall Lovecraft regular) plays the part of a rather odd clerk in a small town store with obviously more information than he wants to share completely. Matt McCoy (better known as Lloyd Braun from Seinfeld) plays a strange man that has been crippled in an accident that also killed his wife. Christien Tinsley plays a caregiver for McCoy. Tinsley has been assigned to take his ward to the Suicide Rock area where the accident occurred as part of a prescribed therapy. Paul Gleason (Breakfast Club, Van Wilder) plays the local sheriff in his usual, no nonsense, sarcastic style.
McCoy has 2 major problems in his life. First, he has been disabled in the accident. More important to the film though, is that his caregiver believes that the things he says are driven by mental illness. McCoy knows early on that something is going on but can't make that point to Tinsley.
McCoy and his caregiver stay in a remote cabin near the place of his accident as part of therapy prescribed by his doctor. A group of young women arrive and stay at the cabin next door. McCoy sees something in the woods with glowing red eyes, but his caregiver does not believe him. He assumes instead that McCoy is stressed out and paranoid.
McCoy makes several attempts to warn others, but to no avail. He then witnesses one of the young women being attacked by a Sasquatch, but is helpless to intervene.
The rest of the film is essentially a Sasquatch trying to pick everyone off, one by one. Eventually McCoy's caregiver is killed and a couple of the young women are attacked.
Enter a group of locals trying to hunt the monster. They are, of course, bumbling and unsuccessful and very bad things happen. In the end, will McCoy be able to subdue the monster? One thing is for certain, the end of the film points to a sequel.
There is some gore in the movie, but not a lot. What is there is good and not at all overdone. There is one great scene of a woman being bent in half the wrong way as she is pulled through a small window.
The dialogue is excellent and the film is just a lot of fun overall. If you are searching for a light hearted horror film with some well placed humor, this one is great!
8 out of 10