I am a big fan of true crime documentaries, a murderino in some circles. I am also a nut for all things cryptid-related. Unfortunately, the opportunity is few and far between for those two to really come together in one harrowing tale. When I sat down to watch a Hulu documentary on Bigfoot and weed, the only thing I expected was a good time. Little did I know what was ahead of me when I watched SASQUATCH. I was about to take the ride of my life and investigative journalist David Holthouse was the one who squeezed down the safety belt and gave the thumbs up. I didn’t know what to expect but it surely wasn’t this.
SASQUATCH is a three-part documentary directed by Joshua Rofé and executive produced by Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, and Mel Eslyn of Duplass Brothers Productions. The story begins with David in the Fall of 1993. He is in Northern California to assist in the harvest at a pot farm…you know, as you do. Farming is hard work and they need help. One night, two tweakers storm into the cabin talking about how three men were completely torn apart by Bigfoot. There were tracks and blood and none of the weed was gone which means the intention was to kill, not steal. That story stayed with David through his intense career infiltrating some very dangerous situations.
Twenty-five years later, David thinks back to the story and decides to put his investigation skills to use by determining if there was a triple murder and if Bigfoot did kill those men. SASQUATCH will take you to the forests and hills of Northern California to show you a side you have never seen before. What will begin as a cryptid hunt will quickly spin you down a rabbit hole of drugs, secrets, crime, and racism. Bet you didn’t think that would be in a documentary about Bigfoot.
This was a whole ass rollercoaster. There were so many twists, loops, and turns that my mind and emotions were left in knots. I learned more about the NorCal weed growing culture and history in 40 minutes than I have known my entire life. There was not a point in SASQUATCH that wasn’t interesting or engaging and part of that is due to David Holthouse himself. Something of a problem in cryptid documentaries is the tendency to over-exaggerate everything for the simple point of drama. This series was so packed full of information, there was no need for the bells and whistles that so-called paranormal shows tend to bring to the table.
On top of being informative and luring, SASQUATCH is beautiful to watch. Whether we are seeing stunning drone shots of the fog and trees of a forest that could swallow us whole or strange and scratchy animation of past events or even hidden camera angles when things get a little shady, there is so much to see here. The story, itself, is so full of danger and drama that beautiful and haunting imagery can balance out the seedy underbelly that is this world hiding in the trees.
David tends to put himself in some very precarious situations in some of the many interviews and you will find yourself on the edge of your seat as he peels back layer after layer of this story, leading to more blood and viscera than you thought possible. There were several moments when I thought that there was no way this tale would circle itself back around but SASQUATCH ties itself nicely in a bow to present a cohesive story of death in the mountains of California and to answer the question as to if and why Bigfoot murdered those people.
SASQUATCH will be available to stream on Hulu on April 20th. If you like true crime, cryptids, weed or any combination of the above, this is a documentary that you shouldn’t miss. It will suck you in and not let you go for air until the last moment. This could easily be one of the best true crime documentaries I have ever seen, and boy howdy have I seen a lot.
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