Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr become lost in a forest is stalked by a terrifying and mysterious creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves in a fierce fight, embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.
Primal Rage begins with young couple Ashley and Max freshly reunited again. Ashley has just picked up her husband, Max from prison where he has just spent a year inside. On their way home, a brutally torn up body of a human gets thrown at their car. They immediately stop their car to get out, when someone then throws a rock, knocking out Max causing him to roll down the hill and into a river. Ashley runs to save him and soon finds themselves lost in the forest with only the clothes on their back. and are being hunted by something menacing and supernatural. It’s not long after though before they realize they are being stalked by a monstrous creature, it out for blood. But that’s not all that they find in the woods.
The Primal Rage Bigfoot is ancient, extremely smart, clever, and very ruthless! He knows how to use weapons and can camouflage himself so well that you can be standing right next to him and not even know he’s there. This Sasquatch wants nothing but to kill, and the film becomes a desperate battle of life or death for Ashley and Max, and the unsavory group of locals they run across in the woods, who were out hunting it seems.
Some of the people in this group are helpful while others are just plain assholes that I hoped the creature would kill off. And die they do! The sounds of jaws cracking and primitive arrows obliterating their targets is palpable as the humongous creature moves through the foliage. Extremely merciless, the Sasquatch dispenses awful and horrendous amounts of pain to its victims in a large variety of unspeakable methods. The kill scenes in Primal Rage are no doubt the dominating factors. Notable, Bigfoot is usually portrayed as some goofy-ass wild animal, but not this one.
Major credit to Magee and Lee, who make great use of the lush and brilliant green forest. Much tension was created during the extended scenes of Ashley and Max wandering around the forest, and not only is there the unease of two people lost without any supplies in an untamed landscape, but a thick forest has the ability to make the great outdoors feel claustrophobic. Bigfoot is a fiendishly designed monster, especially when stalking in its mask of bark. The biggest and best frights come in the early scenes as Bigfoot pops in and out while following the couple. Sometimes it’s shown far away and is only revealed at the last second, while others are closer while still being undetected. The effect is incredibly chilling.
All in all, Primal Rage is an action horror movie and Magee commits to it with jarring results the further in we go. With good work from Eloy Casados and Marshal Hilton, there is a lot to like about this movie, especially for horror and Bigfoot fans alike. There are a few places where the story lags a little, but overall this is a really solid horror film that’s super intense, has an awesome soundtrack, and some of the best effects ever, which include some, did I mention, incredibly creative and gory kills. If you never go to any other Bigfoot film, then be sure to check this one out, this is no doubt the one you should see.
Title: Primal Rage
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Genre: Horror, Action, Suspense
Studio: Blue Fox Entertainment
Starring: Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain
MPAA Rated: R
Directors: Patrick Magee
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 3.4 /5
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