A blazing forest fire rips through Bear Mountain National Park. As firefighters try to contain it, animals are being forced from their natural habitat including a legendary beast that is better left undiscovered. With several firefighters missing, and others found badly mutilated, word spreads around and scientists, hunters and Rangers all decent on the park but what are they dealing with? Bigfoot? Sasquatch? Isn't that the stuff of legend? Whatever it is, the creature is tearing a path through the forest destroying everything and everyone it comes in contact with and who is going to stop it?
For a big lad, Big Foot is very adept at killing people whilst keeping himself out of sight. We don’t get to see him for a while, and when we do, we are given tantalising shots of silhouettes and various limbs speeding past.
At first, the tone of Savage seems to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, with knowing performances from some of the cast. As time goes on, either the tone gets a little darker or I became used to some of the flippant moments. Either way, as the death toll mounts, we are effortlessly invited into darker waters (speaking of which, a solitary eye floating in the river is a moment that provides a perfect mixture of shock and mirth).
For a horror film, this isn’t going satisfy everyone, although there are some moments of gore and some tension, even if it is difficult to sustain an atmosphere of terror in blazing sunlight. For a low budget project, setting the action amidst forest fires is ambitious (the resultant fires don’t look like they need much controlling), but having those fires disturb the habitat of Bigfoot is an interesting plot device.