An overlong “comedy” with a confusing lackadaisical plot and execution, Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot is all over the map with its attempts at humor, and because it’s so unexpectedly violent and goofy, the tone is hard to pin down.
Bigfoot might be real and living in the woods near a quaint town, and a bunch of misfits are out to prove its existence for ten million bucks, but only one person gets the prize.
A college professor named Cory Mathis (Les Stroud) and his wife are out in the woods one day when he witnesses what he believes is Bigfoot killing her. Vowing revenge, he devotes his entire life to capturing or killing Sasquatch … or at the very least proving its existence. In the interim, Cory rekindles his relationship with his grown daughter, who has a daughter he’s never met before. His homecoming is complicated, to say the least, and with his hell bent attitude on revenge on Sasquatch, his time with his daughter and granddaughter is complicated to say the least. Meanwhile, there’s a grumpy forest ranger named Billy Teal (Tom Green who provides a chuckle or two) bumbling around, looking to disprove the existence of Bigfoot. Needless to say, Cory and Billy clash. But there’s also a Bigfoot hunter named Fran (Stacy Brown Jr.) and a serial hoaxer (Rick Dyer) out in the field, making it near impossible for Cory to get proof of Bigfoot. There’s a reward for proving Bigfoot: National Geographic has promised ten million dollars for proof positive, and this causes all kinds of shenanigans from everyone involved for the cash.
An overlong “comedy” with a confusing lackadaisical plot and execution, Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot is all over the map with its attempts at humor, and because it’s so unexpectedly violent and goofy, the tone is hard to pin down. Writer / director Thomas Smugala seems to be biting off more than he can chew with too many characters, too much dialogue, and too little Bigfoot action (until the very end that overdoes the Bigfoot action). This one is a bit baffling for a variety of reasons, and it’s never consistent with its humor or its intentions.
Mill Creek’s recent DVD release of Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot comes with a digital code of the movie. The standard definition is nothing to write home about.