On the Trail of Bigfoot (2019)

Between our Bigfoot week of films, ten Bigfoot films to watch list and interview with The Weirdest Movie Ever Made author Phil Hall, we’ve really covered sasquatches, skunk apes and abominable snowmen over the last few months.

Now, we’ve been sent Seth Breedlove’s On the Trail of Bigfoot to check out.  This six-episode series was filmed in fourteen U.S. states and features over twenty different witnesses, investigators, historians, and researchers.

From the earliest known reports of apelike creatures in the 1800s to the modern day, this series takes you through a journey of all things Bigfoot. Director, writer, producer, narrator and star Breedlove was out in the woods of America seeking evidence and came away thinking that there just may be something out there in those woods. That’s because as he created this six-episode series, he experienced several incidents — even as he struggled to stay objective and not become part of the story — as he met both skeptics and believers.

This series offers some evidence, like the traditional footprint casts and hair samples. But there’s also recorded sound and video, as well as an entire museum in Portland that shows the start of the recorded incidents of wildmen, forest giants and forest devils. There’s plenty of places to look for Bigfoot: the forests of the Pacific Northwest’s Olympic Peninsula, the hills of our home state of Pennsylvania, deep southern swamps ala Arkansas’ Fouke monster as seen in The Legend of Boggy Creek, the Ouachita Mountains of Oklahoma, southeastern Oklahoma, the Carolinas, Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio.

In particular, the second episode really shines as it breaks down the four major personalities of Bigfoot tracking (Rene Dahinden, John Green, Dr. Grover Krantz, Peter Byrne), their egos and how their relationships broke down as they chased the creature over their lifetimes. Instead of finding evidence, most of their time was spent arguing, according to Peter von Puttkamer, the maker of Sasquatch Odyssey: The Hunt for Bigfoot. I also really enjoyed how the third episode showed how many of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot reports also dovetailed with UFO incidents, as well as how The Legend of Boggy Creek changed how the public viewed Bigfoot.

The running time of each episode just flies by. They’re packed with info and really tied in so many different species of Bigfoot and places they’ve been sighted, as well as how mass media has portrayed these creatures.

On the Trail of Bigfoot is available on Amazon Instant Video, Vimeo OnDemand and VIDI Space, as well as DVD. For more information, visit the official Small Town Monsters site.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent this series by its PR team, but that has no impact on our review.

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