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Throwback (2014/MVD DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: C+

Leave it to the Australians to make a decent Bigfoot movie. In Throwback (2014), two modern-day treasure hunters go searching for the lost gold of a legendary 1800s outlaw in the remote jungles of Far North Queensland, Australia (a beautiful location by the way that looks fantastic on film.) They find something instead of riches, however... a ferocious Australian monster known as a 'Yowie', which is Australia's answer to Bigfoot, and a savage battle for survival ensues. Thrown into the mix is a park ranger named Rhiannon and a burnt-out ex-homicide detective named McNab.

Director Travis Bain's second feature film is a decent modern day B-movie that pays tribute to the classics while capturing strong performances and impressive special effects. I liked it a lot better than other recent Bigfoot efforts like Exists and Willow Creek, but I think this may get lost in the shuffle to most modern horror buffs simply because of the wretched cover art that completely misrepresents the film. No tents are in the film and the image of Bigfoot looks like it was pulled from a Halloween costume catalogue. That aside, the film itself is actually not a total dud and worthy of your time if you are a big fan of Bigfoot Creature Features like me.

Throwback is presented on DVD in standard definition with its original anamorphic widescreen transfer in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

Extras on the disc include a commentary, deleted scenes, an alternative ending, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

All in all, Throwback isn't a masterpiece but much better than what the cover art may lead you to believe. I am interested to see what filmmaker Travis Bain does next.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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