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Beasts of the Field

USA 2019
produced by
Chase Dudley, Samantha Dudley, George Robert Bailey (executive) for A Cut To The Chase Productions, Mystery Vision
directed by Chase Dudley
starring Gregory Blair, Amber Dawn Fox, Ashley Mary Nunes, Tory L. Beckham, Savannah Schafer, Patrick Alred, Keith Nicholson, Erik Kyr
written by Brentt Slabchuck, Gregory Blair, music by Erik Kyr

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Cryptozoologist couple Lester (Gregory Blair) and Clarissa (Amber Dawn Fox) want to monetize their expertise - in a TV show no less, with him as the expert and her as the presenter. But when the bank refuses to loan them any money for the pilot, they band together a ragtag team to set out into the wild of Kentucky to prove the existence of the legendary Thunderbird, a creature most likely related to the prehistoric Pteranodon. And they don't let anything deter them, not that they're just not made for hiking and camping, not that their "intern" Kyra (Ashley Mary Nunes) seems to know quite a bit more about biology than Lester, not that their camera crew Horty (Tory L. Beckham) and Reid (Savannah Schafer) are more at home at wedding videos than nature documentaries, not that their war veteran field medic James (Patrick Alred) suffers from PTSD and not that their guide Bigby (Keith Nicholson) is a bit too quick with the gun. Of course, the whole expedition goes haywire soon enough, as not only does Clarissa throw diva fit after diva fit, but also Horty and Reid break their camera in an effort to fake a drone shot, then Reid gets killed by a bear - which Lester interprets as proof the Thunderbird's nearby  -, then Bigby snaps and shows his true (homicidal) colours, and soon the whole thing falls apart as morale erodes and tension rises to lethal proportions - and within all this, Lester's still convinced he'll find proof of the Thunderbird's existence ...

 

Now this is nothing if not fun, as despite its thriller structure, this film plays it tongue in cheek, but at the same time never lets the comedic and parodistic aspects of the story stand in the way of terror and suspense. And this approach works, too, thanks to a steady pace, dynamic direction, an on-point cast playing suitably colourful characters, and of course the wonderful outdoor locations that lend the film its wonderfully eerie atmosphere.

 

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