‘The legend is real… and hungry’
Hunting Grounds aka Valley of the Sasquatch is a 2015 American bigfoot horror feature film directed by John Portanova and starring Bill Oberst Jr. (Death House; The Chair; The Fetish Set), David Saucedo (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), and Jason Vail.
After losing their home following a devastating tragedy, a father and son are forced to move to an old family cabin. Neither reacts well to being thrown into this new world.
The son’s attempts to relate to his father are complicated when two old friends arrive for a weekend of hunting. This trip into the forest will unearth not only buried feelings of guilt and betrayal, but also a tribe of Sasquatch that are determined to protect their land…
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“Valley of the Sasquatch makes a lot of the right decisions and leads to one of the more entertaining films of the subgenre… With some strong story elements, along with some fun Bigfootin’ action and a cool costume design, Sasquatch is a Bigfoot film worth stomping about.” Ain’t It Cool News
“After a slow start, director Portanova really lays his cards on the table, with showdown after showdown in an entertaining man vs nature story that is much more than a Syfy Channel special. Stick with it, and you’ll find an engaging, if derivative creature feature.” Elliott Maguire, UK Horror Scene
“Valley of the Sasquatch is an unique and different kind of bigfoot movie, it is the type that sucks you in right from the start, not because of the carnage but because of the interesting story line and characters that you immediately feel for in one way or another. As for carnage, yes there is a good bit of action and gore and the bigfoot creatures are scary as hell and awesome looking.” Videoviews
“On the whole, despite having some flaws I really enjoyed ‘Valley of the Sasquatch’. It is far from perfect; uneven pacing, uneven creatures and uneven acting giving the film a hit-and-miss kinda feel. The scariest monsters are always the ones that make us question our own humanity and make us appreciate what it means to be human.” Die on Set A
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In North America, the film was available on demand from February 7, 2017, via Uncork’d Entertainment.
A DVD and Blu-ray release followed on May 2. DVD and Blu-ray features include a making-of featurette and audio commentary with writer/director John Portanova, producer Matt Medisch, and director of photography Jeremy Berg.