Ed Sanchez, one of the co-director’s of The Blair Witch Project, has been quite prolific since that ridiculously huge indy hit. Though he hasn’t gotten a wide release of his films since, he has directed a number of gems including Altered, Lovely Molly (which Dark Discussions states was the second best film of 2012), and a segment of V/H/S 2. Each was either written or co-written by Jamie Nash. As with Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett or Jim Mickle and Nick Damici, the two seem to be a pretty dang good team.
Their new film, 2014’s Exists, is actually the third film this year about a sasquatch, or better known as Bigfoot. Shot in the found footage style, the film is about a group of five young adults that head out in that oh so common cabin in the woods for fun and sun. But one of them brought a bunch of cameras along since the area of Texas they are in is known as a sighting of the mysterious and legendary monster. With a quick setup, a short intro, and some spooky music by composer Nima Fakhrara, the film becomes a nonstop ride that doesn’t let up until the very end.
Dark Discussions is joined by Kristi Petersen Schoonover, author of Bad Apple and Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole, to discuss this new film by the duo. Is it better than the prior two Bigfoot films from this year? Is it more than that and actually a top genre/horror film of the year? Your co-hosts discuss the movie and where it stands up against other Bigfoot films as well as genre cinema as a whole.