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Ben & Annie are a young couple living in Chicago, on a weekend trip to Annie's small North Carolina hometown. At the local bar they run into Paul, a charming old friend of Annie's, and Ben learns something he never knew about his girlfriend: She believes in Bigfoot. In fact, she and her friends used to hunt for the creature when they were kids. Before Ben knows it, he's off on an impromptu Squatchin' trip deep in the Carolina backwoods. Amidst the Squatch calls, campfire stories and beers, Ben quickly realizes that Paul may have an ulterior motive in bringing Annie to the woods. And something else out here seems to be after her as well. Everyone but Ben thinks its Bigfoot. But it can't be, can it? After all, Bigfoot isn't real...
"Stomping Ground" tells the story of Ben and Annie who travel back to Annie's hometown for the weekend. This is Ben's first trip with Annie as she returns home to visit her mom and hang out with some old friends. The problem is one of those old friends, Paul still seems to have a thing for Annie after all this time and he seems to have focused in on Ben as he attempts to create conflict between the two. Ben also finds out that Annie is a Bigfoot believer and was very active in hunting him with her friends back in the day. Ben of course thinks it is all silly but agrees to go hunting for Bigfoot in order to keep an eye on Paul who seems to be hunting Annie.
There has been many Bigfoot movies over the years but "Stomping Ground" takes a much different approach to it all which separates from the rest of the pack. That approach has to do with Annie, Ben and her friends, the film is basically about a couple who struggle with their relationship after returning to Annie's hometown and after meeting up with Paul who causes a lot of problems for the two. The characters are realistic and believable which is usually not the case when it comes to Bigfoot movies, most just focus on the creature and forget about the characters. These are definitely characters you can have a connection to. And it is very easy to feel for them all in one way or another. And speaking of the characters, the entire cast did a great job bringing them all to life. I also must mention Director, Dan Riesser for creating an original, engaging Bigfoot film. Riesser also Co-wrote the film with Andrew Genser.
I must not forget this is more than a drama, it is also a film about the four friends spending the day hunting for Bigfoot and finding him, or should I say him finding them because the film gives you the sense that the group was being followed the entire time. "Stomping Ground" does spend most of its run time focusing on Ben and Annie's deteriorating relationship but when the time comes to unleash the big guy the film delivers there as well. The film's Bigfoot is awesome looking and scary as hell, once he enters the film there is nonstop action, suspense and chaos.
Production wise the film looks and sounds terrific and the woods play like another character. "Stomping Ground" takes Bigfoot and injects a whole lot of freshness to it, the film is dramatic, scary and funny. And it will keep you on the edge of your seat during its climax.
"Stomping Ground" comes to DVD on March, 8th with Special Features that include:
Behind the Scenes
Also there is, LIMITED to only a 100 sets! SIGNED STOMPING GROUND POSTER from the cast and crew including a signed EVIL DEAD POSTER from one of the original Ladies of the Evil Dead THERESA TILLY from Sam Raimis horror classic, The Evil Dead! Also includes SIGNED POSTCARDS!
You can order the DVD HERE.
Released by Brink Vision
**** Out Of *****