Ugh. Terrible title. (The “ugh” is in reference to that, not to the movie itself, which is quite enjoyable.) They *should* have called this one THE DEAD MONTH. Once you see the film you’ll understand why that’s the perfect and perfectly obvious choice for a title. I don’t know why they didn’t go with that. Probably because some suit in an office thought it would sell better with the word “beast” in the title. Or they could have gone with the even more obvious and even more accurate BIGFOOT VS. WENDIGO. That is the premise, and would have served just fine as the title. Oh, well. DAWN OF THE BEAST it is.
Bigfoot and the Wendigo never actually fight, as the Wendigo, it is revealed, is a spirit. But the Wendigo does possess people and transform them into toothy zombie mutants, and Bigfoot does throw down with those Wendigo-lites. Who wins? That’s what you all want to know, right? Bigfoot wins. He kicks some serious Wendigo-lite ass. He just roars at the real Wendigo, which hovers menacingly before retreating.
The only real problem with this one is tonal. At times it feels like the movie is trying to be tongue-in-cheek and at times it plays it dead serious. I would’ve preferred if it went with one or the other. Even so, it’s a hellalotta fun. Props to star and screenwriter Anna Shields for once again proving she has the chops to be a cool chick and simultaneously tackle a genuine Monster movie.