EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally shared this movie on November 20, 2019. It’s been released on Tubi, so we thought we’d share it in case anyone is interested in watching MMA legend Don Frye battle a Bigfoot. Thanks to Uncork’d Entertainment for the heads up that this is now streaming.
Fifteen years ago, two teenage girls were murdered at Merrymaker Campgrounds. Everyone thought it was just an animal attack, the case was closed, the camp was condemned and the killer never found. But whatever or whoever it was, it still waits in the woods, ready to kill again. This film from director John Woodruff — his first full-length movie — was written by Jonathan Murphy. They had previously worked together on the project The Stalker Experiment.
Larisa Oleynik plays Anita Bishop and you may remember her from 10 Things I Hate About You, Mad Men, The Secret World of Alex Mack and The Baby-Sitters Club. That’s not the only person you’ll recognize in this movie. Heather Tom from The Bold and the Beautiful shows up, as does Christian Oliver (Snake Oiler from the Speed Racer movie) and Don Frye. That’s right — former UFC fighter and New Japan Pro Wrestling monster heel and the man who turned Yoshihiro Takayama’s face into pudding, Don Frye!
Seriously, this film is worth watching just for seeing Frye. He should be in The Expendables. He’s a legit tough guy, after all.
Oliver plays Roland Baumgarner, a writer who wrote a famous book all about the murders. He’s been invited to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Merrymaker Camp. That seems like a bad idea. Guess what? It is. The horror that Roland wrote about has now come back to potentially end his life.
This is an interesting mashup of creature feature and slasher, with some decent twists and turns. As always, I’m more about the monster action than the human drama, but this does a fine job of giving you the beast and gore action you crave.
You can get this from on DVD or via on demand from Uncork’d Entertainment, and as mentioned, you can also stream this for free on Tubi.
DISCLAIMER: We were sent this movie by its PR company. That has no bearing on our review.