Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: Exists

Despite his prevalence in popular culture, Bigfoot -- AKA Sasquatch -- hasn't taken off as a movie villain. Sure, the odd flick has been made, but not to the same degree as ghosts, aliens and other alleged supernatural phenomena. 

Eduardo Sanchez, he who co-directed The Blair Witch Project, puts his stamp on the wannabe subgenera with Exists, which we've pimped with pleasure in The Basement. Given I'm of the belief that the world need more Bigfoot movies, Exists is something I've wanted to see for some time. Does it live up to the hype and Sanchez' legendary pedigree? Stick with me.

A group of friends who venture into the remote Texas woods find themselves stalked by the legendary Bigfoot.

In short, Exists is just the kind of flick I like to kick back with over a few brews on a Friday, Saturday or, in this case, Sunday night. It's tight, has a few tense moments, and is often genuinely scary. And those who bitched that we didn't see enough of whatever was stalking the trio in Blair Witch can shut the hell up here -- the big, hairy dude is all over Exists, and he/she/it is not happy.

Exists is almost a kissing cousin to Blair Witch in that Sanchez gets to play around with city folk who find themselves way out of their element in the woods. He knows how to use sound and make what we don't see even scarier than what we see. However, we get the payoff of actually having Bigfoot come screaming for us out of the dark, and that ratchets up the tension.

Favourite sequence? One involving a mountain bike race through the woods. But that's all I'm gonna say.

And don't let yourself get turned off of Exists because it looks like just another found-footage movie. It isn't. Yeah, that's the chosen medium, but it's not Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity or anything like that. Watch it -- because you need to -- and see for yourself.

In case you haven't guessed, Exists rates a Good on The Basement scale.

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