Valley of the Sasquatch

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Valley of the Sasquatch
Directed byJohn Portanova
Produced by
  • Matt Medisch
  • Brent Stiefel
Written byJohn Portanova
Starring
  • Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
  • Jason Vail
  • David Saucedo
  • D'Angelo Midili
  • Bill Oberst Jr.
Music byJon Bash
CinematographyJeremy Berg
Edited byDavid Phillips
Production
company
  • The October People
  • Votiv Films
Release date
  • February 20, 2015 (2015-02-20) (NFF)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Valley of the Sasquatch is a 2015 American horror film/monster movie written and directed by John Portanova. It stars Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Jason Vail, David Saucedo, D'Angelo Midili, and Bill Oberst Jr. as a group of hunters who encounter a family of Sasquatches. It premiered in February 2015 at the Nevermore Film Festival.

Plot[edit]

After his wife dies, Roger forces his son Michael to go on a hunting trip in rural Washington with a family friend and Roger's brother-in-law. When they reach their cabin, they find it has been broken into and is a mess. Thinking nothing of it, Roger and the others enter the nearby woods, where they encounter a family of hostile Sasquatches.

Cast[edit]

  • Miles Joris-Peyrafitte as Michael Crew
  • Jason Vail as Roger Crew
  • David Saucedo as Sergio Guerrero
  • D'Angelo Midili as Will Marx
  • Bill Oberst Jr. as Bauman
  • Connor Conrad as the beast

Production[edit]

Valley of the Sasquatch is Portanova's debut.[1] Portanova, a Washington native and Bigfoot fan, included local stories from Washington in the screenplay. Shooting took place entirely on location, including at Snoqualmie Pass and Meany Lodge,[2][3] over 23 days.[1] The monster suit was designed by Doug Hudson.[4]

Release[edit]

Valley of the Sasquatch premiered on February 20, 2015, at the Nevermore Film Festival.[5]

Reception[edit]

Ken W. Hanley of Fangoria rated it 2/4 stars and, though he praised Portanova's skill at directing and Hudson's special effects, wrote the writing is too generic.[6] Mark L. Miller of Ain't It Cool News wrote the film fulfills all the criteria necessary for a good Bigfoot film: a new story, good action scenes, and a good costume.[7] Ari Drew of Dread Central rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote, "While Valley of the Sasquatch does not necessarily bring on the horror in a major or fresh way, it is at times a very effectively atmospheric film with some interesting ideas behind it."[8] Michael Juvinall of Horror Society rated 4.5/5 stars and called it "the best this subgenre has to offer".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rahner, Mark (2015-05-12). "SIFF 2015: Director John Portanova's Sasquatch Massacre!". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  2. ^ "Sasquatch coming to SIFF". KING-TV. 2015-05-22. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  3. ^ Kay, Tony (2015-05-22). "PNW Filmmaker Ventures into the 'Valley of the Sasquatch'". City Arts Online. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  4. ^ Klauss, Nicole (2015-05-13). "Movie filmed in Roslyn to debut". Daily Record. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  5. ^ "Valley of the Sasquatch". Nevermore Film Festival. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  6. ^ Hanley, Ken W. (2015-05-11). ""VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH" (Film Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  7. ^ Miller, Mark L. (2015-04-08). "VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH (2015)". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  8. ^ Drew, Ari (2015-11-25). "Valley of the Sasquatch (2015)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  9. ^ Juvinall, Michael (2015-05-15). "Valley of the Sasquatch (2015) Review". Horror Society. Retrieved 2016-02-21.

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