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Short summary

The inept cast and crew of a surprise hit reality-TV show travel deep into the Adirondack mountains for their second season to find proof that Bigfoot exists. Any remaining skepticism they have is ripped to pieces.

Majority of filming took place in Pawling, NY.

The entire film was shot in just 13 days.

Jamal Hodge (The Creature) arrived on set in full costume and make up. He was led up the mountain late at night with two crew members lighting his way. When he arrived at the filming location one of the cast members jumped in fright.

Filming locations were so remote it felt otherworldly at times especially at night. You could only see the stars and the pools of light from the lighting department. And then suddenly... from the shadows you saw Jamal Hodge (The Creature).

User reviews

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    • Author: Berenn
    There's nothing too deep to intellectualize with a movie like Wild Men. It may have something under the surface that one can try and parse out as far as meanings about the search for something one doesn't (or does) believe in, or the trauma of seeing a, you know, parent mauled by a giant Sasquatch. But what it comes down to is that Bobby Sansivero, on his first movie, knew what he was doing and made a comedy that works, on a few levels.

    The first is that it takes on reality shows, where people hunt ghosts or (I think it actually is as thing) go after Bigfoot (or Bigfeet, what's the plural word for that?), and how deadly serious the people on the show take themselves. Pompousness is always something fun to mock, and it helps that Zack Abramowitz, who is very good here as Richard "Dick Hefelfinger (sic) is surrounded by people who sometimes are on his side and other times call him out on his fervent ways (Erin MacDonald is excellent in such a role as the actual scientist with the TV crew looking for Bigfoot).

    The other way this works is that it's meant to be a horror movie, but understands that by now the style that worked years back with Blair Witch, found footage, is not only ripe for parody it's the only way to go since that too has taken itself too seriously and often with character's we're meant to sympathize with and come off like a**holes. In this, it's intentional that most of the characters are unsympathetic and jerks and B-words and so on, and there's a lot of don't-give-a-f***ery with the crew that stands out. Another character, played in a very funny turn by Alexander Stine, is the one who especially stands out as a total slob and tool, and yet the movie is always aware of it and all the funnier for it.

    And lastly it's that the movie knows how to build up to laughs and find the moments that will make the comedy work. It's not an especially subtle kind of comedy - it's big, it's sloppy, it's got types and running gags like Dick continually hitting on an intern (which is both funny and creepy in one scene) - but I was in the mood for it, and it hit the majority of the marks it was aiming for. It goes for the awkward Office-style stuff, and Sansivero and company also don't shy away from gruesome carnage and things like ribbed limbs and severed heads and gushing blood and so on, and it has a Dead Alive feel in certain moments (again, a funny and inspired touch). Is it some great masterpiece of the genre? Maybe not. But I had fun with it, and if you know what you're getting then you will too.
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    • Author: Lightseeker
    Take a hilariously deadpan, very NON-Politically Correct team leader, throw in a hapless, dysfunctional film crew, add the very REAL threat of a bloodthirsty creature out there...and you get Wild Men. Honestly, where else are you gonna get the backstabbing and hilarious bickering of the very best (worst?) of reality television, along with gore and a pissed off Sasquatch? Great fun for monster lovers and those who love seeing people at their absolute worst to each other on camera. Stick around till the end to see how it all plays out!!! Trust me :)
  • Credited cast:
    Zack Abramowitz Zack Abramowitz - Dick
    Alexander Stine Alexander Stine - Yappy
    Erin Anne MacDonald Erin Anne MacDonald - Sally
    James David Rich James David Rich - Dennis (as James Rich)
    Joshua Michael Payne Joshua Michael Payne - Billy
    Rica de Ocampo Rica de Ocampo - Kat
    Randolph Hubard Randolph Hubard - Allen
    Sarah Grace Sanders Sarah Grace Sanders - Janet
    Richard Nwaoko Richard Nwaoko - Elliott
    Chaka Desilva Chaka Desilva - Roland
    Jon Savoy Jon Savoy - Mark
    Claudine Quadrat Claudine Quadrat - Carly
    Alex Valderana Alex Valderana - Paul
    Jamal Hodge Jamal Hodge - The Creature
    Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Theodore Bouloukos Theodore Bouloukos - Professor Burle
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