Film: The Lost Coast Tapes
AKA: Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes
A 2012 found footage film. After his career was ruined by a hoax, investigative journalist Sean Reynolds tries to make a comeback. He puts together his old crew and decides to prove that Bigfoot hunter Carl Drybeck's discovery of the body of a juvenile Sasquatch is a hoax. It turns out that Bigfoot is real and he brought friends. And an enemy.
This Film contains examples of the following Tropes:
- Apocalyptic Log: Given the genre, it goes without saying that no one makes it out alive.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Given the title, of course they're in the film. The film does however, play with the underused theory that that Bigfoot is a spiritual guardian rather than a mere cryptid.
- Black Dude Dies First: Stated by Curtis as the reason why he won't go into the woods. He even has someone else back him up on this. Turns out they were right.
- Briefcase Full of Money: In this case a satchel. Sean gives $75,000 dollars to Drybeck to see the Bigfoot corpse.
- Cosmic Horror Story: A possible interpretation. Bigfoot exists to guard the barrier between this world and the next. And there are spots where things from beyond this world can come through and kill us.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Kevin. Seconds before being horribly killed.
- Crazy Survivalist: Drybeck comes across as this at times.
- Daylight Horror: Kevin dies in broad daylight, but the worst things still happen to everyone else in the dark.
- Don't Go in the Woods: If only they'd listened.
- Downer Ending: Again. Not a shock if you know anything about the genre.
- Driven to Suicide: Whatever Darryl saw makes him shoot himself.
- Eldritch Abomination: Since it appears in the presence of unearthly lights and the mere sight it manages to drive a man to suicide, whatever the Sasquatches are guarding against qualifies.
- Face Cam: Sean makes Kevin wear one when he hikes back to the van. It serves as his personal Apocalyptic Log as it records his final moments when he's attacked and torn apart by whatever's out there.
- From Bad to Worse: As if a hostile pack of Sasquatches wasn't bad enough. There's something worse out there.
- Gentle Giant: The Sasquatches are trying to get the humans to leave the woods and save them from whatever else is out there.
- Granola Girl: Robyn is into spiritualism. She feels the "energy" of a place and burns bundles of herbs to help her commune with nature.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Poor Robyn.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: It's right there on the movie poster. The Sasquatches aren't entirely peaceful. Considering that Drybeck ignored their warnings, stole the body of one of their own, and shot at them he might have had it coming.
- Jerk Ass: Sean
- Last Words: Sean: "It's not a Bigfoot."
- Leave the Camera Running
- Let's Get Out of Here: It seems like half of Kevin's lines consist of this after a while.
- Meaningful Background Event: When Robyn says "I'm not feeling so good", behind her you can see something's eyes, briefly.
- Mighty Roar: The Sasquatches.
- Night Vision Camera
- Noodle Incident: Sean's disgrace. Often reference, but never explained in detail.
- Nothing Is Scarier: We don't ever get a clear shot of Bigfoot. Or the other thing in the woods.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: Sean's idea for a new TV series involves exposing these. At first he believes that Drybeck and his partner LaRoche are creating one with the Sasquatch. Sean's analysis of the aftermath of a Sasquatch attack involves exposing the various ways that it could have been faked. It turns out that the whole situation is real.
- Some Kind of Force Field: Admittedly it's just an electric fence designed to keep the Sasquatches out.
- The Other Rainforest: The film takes place in the Pacific Northwest. California's Lost Coast, to be exact.
- Too Dumb to Live: Pretty much everyone.
- Averted with Kevin, who wants to leave, but the others refuse. When he finally does leave, he does so alone.
- Twenty Minutes with Jerks
- Visible Boom Mic: Kevin is the replacement sound man so his skills aren't the best. Sometimes the mic is in the shot, sometimes the sound man is in the shot too.
- Wendigo: The possible identity of the killer beast in the woods.