Clawed: The Legend of Sasquatch Release Date: 14 April 2005 (USA) Genre: Thriller | Action | Adventure Director(s): Karl Kozak (Out of the Black) Writer(s): Karl Kozak (Out of the Black) & Don J. Rearden Starring: Miles O’Keefe,Dylan Purcell, Brandon Henschel As someone who was a fan of Karl Kozak’s previous feature, the more than […]

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Clawed: The Legend of Sasquatch
Release Date: 14 April 2005 (USA)
Genre: Thriller | Action | Adventure
Director(s): Karl Kozak (Out of the Black)
Writer(s): Karl Kozak (Out of the Black) & Don J. Rearden
Starring: Miles O’Keefe,Dylan Purcell, Brandon Henschel

As someone who was a fan of Karl Kozak’s previous feature, the more than respectable drama Out of the Black, I’m kind of surprised that he was behind Clawed: The Legend of Sasquatch. Kozak going from a movie of such relatively high caliber to an ugly looking Sasquatch movie is a damn shame, although as one of the producers, Kozak’s future bank account will probably disagree. Regardless of the director / co-writer’s place in the industry, those who don’t spend their time on Bigfoot message boards (thanks for Sasquatch Hunters hits guys) will be best to leave Clawed: The Legend of Sasquatch on the shelf.

Ed Janzer (O’Keefe, looking radically different from usual) and his redneck buddies didn’t expect much more than a good old fashioned beer drinking, bear poaching weekend when they traveled to Echo Mountain for the weekend. What they got was a violent Bigfoot. Ed was the only one who survived, but as rednecks do, he’s not ready to just let the police handle what is believed to be a bear attack. It is this mysterious bear that is causing problems for the citizens of Anytown, U.S.A. I should note that the town isn’t actually called Anytown. I just didn’t write it down, and the DVD is too far away for me to reach. Professionalism, thy name is Your Video Store Shelf.

So yeah, Clawed briefly slips into the “What about the tourism?” plot from Jaws. It goes nowhere, and it’s best to just ignore it. The plot that we’re ignoring is causing problems for the local sheriff, who has the Mayor of Anytown and its citizens breathing down his neck to take the bear down. Eventually both he and forest ranger John Eagleheart wind up in Echo Mountain, where Ed and some more disposable simpletons plan to dispose of whatever creature killed their friends.

There’s more. Also traveling to the woods are two high school students, asshole Jake and nerd Rich, who are working on an assignment that will determine if they pass a class needed to graduate. Since no likes a sausage fest, Jake brings along his eventually topless girlfriend (who also happens to be menstruating) and his cousin, who wants to play urologist with Rich. Of course, these four cross paths with Ed’s group of drunken rednecks, who in turn cross paths with Eagleheart and the sheriff.

Forest ranger John Eagleheart actually presents the movie’s most confusing issue. Eagleheart is the first one to suspect that Bigfoot is responsible for the deaths. You see, he’s Native American, so you know he can track mysterious animals. All is fine and dandy, to a certain extent, with Clawed during the first two-thirds of the film. It is right around the point where Kozak tells Miles O’Keefe to start acting batshit crazy that it all falls apart. Suddenly he believes that Eagleheart is responsible for all the evil and suffering in the world, and vows to kill not just him, but the teenagers as well. It doesn’t work, and it’s so astoundingly stupid that it makes the silly, clichéd two-thirds that preceded it look perfectly competent by comparison.

The makers of Clawed also seem confused as to whether or not we should hate and fear Bigfoot. The last two-thirds exist to make Ed a bigger antagonist than the eight-foot tall freak of nature, so it seems they want us to like him. But why did he kill so many of Ed’s friends? Is Bigfoot so smart that he can discern between people who eventually plan to hurt him and those who want to just take some video?

Kozak does make one smart decision. He keeps Bigfoot off screen for almost the entire movie. That’s more than other movies can say. Other than that, all I can really say about Clawed is that those who don’t take it seriously may wind up enjoying it as a b-movie.

Now I’m going to have to rent Out of the Black again so I can establish that Karl Kozak is not, in fact, a director worthy of a rolling of the eyes.
DVD: Barebones.

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