There was a time when I watched a movie called Night of the Demon. It is easily confused with the two (three? Three, right?) Night of the Demons movies, but they are different. In Night of the Demon, a Bigfoot rapes and mutilates a bunch of people—it gets pretty disturbing. I also saw Curse of Bigfoot—easily the most boring Bigfoot movie of all time, a raccoon-faced Bigfoot (apparently an ancient Indian mummy) runs around not doing much until it starts on fire. I liked Curse of Bigfoot. Night of the Demon I will never watch again.
That’s my intro. Because unfortunately, Search for the Beast just leaves me a little bit pissed off. And, frankly, I don’t know what to say.
I remember when I first learned about this movie. I saw the Bigfoot, the goofiest looking monster I’ve seen since The Horror of Party Beach. It was too good to be true. And, the second half of the movie is made up only of dubs! I couldn’t miss. But I did. And it’s not necessarily my fault even. So, there’s this doctor who heads into the woods on contract from a fat guy to find and possibly kill, or at the very least capture Bigfoot. It turns out the fat guy has some ties to the mob and wants the doctor dead after finding the beast. It also turns out that the fat guy’s son was killed by Bigfoot. The doctor falls in love with a former student after “saving her life” (I don’t know; we never see him do something that implies he actually saved her life from something), and the two hook up. Yet the Bigfoot has no time for love, and starts chasing down the group, killing a bunch of people with minimal gore. Of course, the jerk/gangster leader of the group betrays the doctor, and ties him up for the Bigfoot. And then, with just a hint of warning, the dubs kick in. Dubs for everything; the monster, the characters, and the guns. The Monster is voiced by the Bumble from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The guns sound like muffled drums. The voices are faint and distant, and say random bullshit. (“I love that mountain water. It tastes so good.”) Life is…well…
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—there are movies I love. Like, really love. And then there are movies I’ll hate, and if I hate a movie I’ll hate it to the point where I seriously want to maim the director (though they are already dead in most cases). Then, more often than not, there are those movies which I just don’t care about. They’re forgettable. There are parts I’ll remember now and then, but there are just those parts. After that, there is nothing. And Search for the Beast is just between the second and third category.
We get some ugly nudity. I don’t like nudity in movies which had my focus until they threw some boobs in my direction. This is no distant from this rule in Search for the Beast. Of course, it turns out the Bigfoot is rapist (duh!) but that’s no excuse. Then again, we do get a scene where a doggy-styling boyfriend gets shoved out of the way for the Bigfoot to take over. That’s comedy!
We finish off the plot with something curious—the doctor and his girlfriend escape, while the last of the party gets killed. And it turns out that some hillbillies who sang some annoying country music earlier are in on the whole Bigfoot-rape game. But we never find out what happened to the fat guy. I wonder now if he died. If so, he’s probably happier because he’s with his son. It fulfills the happy ending; the doctor and his girl get a happy ending, the Bigfoot gets some (his happy ending), and the fat guy gets his son (though not his revenge). Not surprisingly, it’s almost midnight, and I’m writing this review now just for the purpose of getting all of the thoughts I thought during the course of the film on paper. (Second drafts are not my thing. They aren’t haphazard enough for me to be satisfied.) So, in my head, the fat guy dies and meets his son in the Great Unknown. I guess.
Is Search for the Beast worth it? Ha, ha, no. Sorry. You can take a look if you want. The Bigfoot made me laugh (again, goofy). But I’m unimpressed. If I wasn’t so tired and at risk for just conking out while typing, and glance over Curse of Bigfoot again. And then I know that I’ll be in love again.