BIG BAD (2016) Reviews and overview

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‘Angsty. Awkward. Edible. It’s hard being a kid in a monster movie.’

Big Bad is a 2016 American comedy horror feature film directed by Opie Cooper, making his feature debut, from a screenplay co-written with Danny Dauphin and Beth Kander. The movie stars Ainsley Bailey, Cameron Deane Stewart, Madeline Thelton and Daniel Dauphin.


A group of teenagers spend the night in an abandoned jail for a school fundraiser. Things take a chilling turn when their chaperone vanishes just as a vicious beast attacks…


Big Bad isn’t terrible, however, it’s of mediocre value. There is a decent amount of violence, but most of it is not shown. There is one semi-gory scene close to the end […] This film shows more like a retro 60’s movie than an 80’s movie.” Stacy Cox, Decay Mag

“First-time feature director Opie Cooper has a keen visual style and keeps things zinging along as the likably irreverent script by Cooper, Dauphin, and Beth Kander pops various horror-movie cliches like colorful party balloons.” HK and Cult Film News

“Cooper pulls it all together for a gory climax that is dependent on good old-fashioned makeup effects. It is all engagingly put together, well played, both scary and funny in the right places and has a rare affection for its characters. I, for one, await more from Opie Cooper.” Richard Scheib, Moria

Cast and characters:

  • Ainsley Bailey … Chase
  • Cameron Deane Stewart … Donny
  • Madeline Thelton … Crystal
  • Daniel Dauphin … Professor Howell (as Danny Dauphin)
  • Clint Carmichael … Sheriff Evans
  • Hannah Bryan … Deputy Marcus
  • Brad Bishop … Creature
  • Jerry Clark … Rusty’s Goon
  • Denise Halbach … Arial
  • Sean Harding … Kyle
  • John Howell … Mortimer
  • Jeremy Jarvis … Truth or Dare Kid
  • Richard Lawrence … Duncan
  • Mary Kathryn Mann … Charity
  • Jamie Norwood … Rusty
  • Bridgette Potts … Marie
  • Kerry Sanders … Field Reporter 1
  • Joe Smiley … Field Reporter 2
  • Josh Toups … Cliff
  • James Wood … News Anchor
  • Peter Luis Zimmerman … Marty
  • Morgan Duffey … Bonfire Party Guest (uncredited)

Filming locations:

Canton, Mississippi

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