CLAWED: THE LEGEND OF SASQUATCH (2005) Reviews and overview

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‘The missing link has been found.’

Clawed: The Legend of Sasquatch aka The Unknown is a 2005 American horror film directed by Karl Kozak from a screenplay co-written with Don J. Rearden. The movie stars Dylan Purcell, Brandon Henschel, Miles O’Keeff and, Jack Conley.

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Pine Creek is a town where generations have felt themselves robbed of hope – and glancing nervously over one shoulder – since the infamous Echo Mountain Massacre, a black mark on the town’s history, wherein a group of local hunters were mercilessly butchered by a massive, hairy beast.

Many come to doubt the story, and even attempt to dismiss it in their minds as a grizzly bear attack – until the creature resurfaces in the flesh and, refusing to be brushed aside, begins a new rampage that carries the town into a waking nightmare. Now, a pack of thrill-hungry, heat-packing high school students and vengeance-obsessed hunters set out in search of the creature…



“The film isn’t especially gory but there is still far more bloody carnage than one would expect in a family film, which again adds to the film’s conflicting tones and ultimate identity crisis. Who exactly is the target audience outside of Bigfoot enthusiasts?” Dread Central

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“The music was overbearing, the acting wooden, the story non-existent and even worse, the whole shambling mess was as boring as watching plaster dry in a footprint casting.’ Reviews of Unusual Size

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“Considering the deep abiding awfulness of most bigfoot movies, Clawed: The Legend of Sasquatch is pretty good, as the cast of unknowns aren’t agregiously bad, and the sasquatch FX aren’t laughable. It does try. But without the great bulk of truly abysmal films of this type in comparison, there’s not a lot to Clawed that would allow it to stand on its own merits.’ Weird Wild Realm

Choice dialogue:

“I’ve seen all those campy bigfoot movies and they ain’t scary.”

“We may be dumb but we ain’t stupid, chief.”

Cast and characters: 

Dylan McKnight … Richard Winslow (as Dylan Purcell)
Brandon Henschel … Jay Kelter
Miles O’Keeffe … Ed Janzer
Jack Conley … Sheriff Drake Kassel
Chelsea Hobbs … Jenny Ackers
Casey LaBow … Shea Landers
Nathaniel Arcand … Ranger John Eagleheart
Michael Bailey Smith … Manny
Cooper Huckabee … Tom
Christian Boeving … Leo
Bill Bragg … Dennis Vancamp
John Patrick Lowrie … Mayor Potts
David ‘Shark’ Fralick … Ray
Lee Purcell … Doris Winslow
Andrew James Allen … Freshman Kid
Don Brady … Poacher #2
Cecil Cheeka … Townsperson
Susan Connors … Rose Kelter
Walter Dalton … Townsperson
Paul Gagné … Jim (as Paul Cagney)
Maureen Hawkins … Townsperson #2
Art Hickman … Poacher #3
John LoPresti … Bartender
Nancy Slick … Mrs. Olson
Hunor Tasnadi … Townsperson #1


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