Friday, 21 March 2014

Shooting Bigfoot

A Sasquatch parenthetic here. The documentary "Shooting Bigfoot" will televise on British channel BBC4 this Monday (24th March) at 9pm.

"Shooting Bigfoot looks into the religiously obsessive, competitive and bitterly divided cult of Bigfoot hunting, as filmmaker Morgan Matthews accompanies three American Bigfoot search parties trying to capture proof of the elusive ape-like creature. Tom Biscardi has been hunting down Bigfoot for 37 years and adopts a military approach with his 'A team' of guys armed with thermal imagers and tasers in increasingly far-out attempts to capture the beast. Unemployed Dallas and Wayne in Ohio use more basic techniques, utilising cans of mackerel and Native American chants to lure the creature in. Only renowned 'master tracker' Rick Dyer is intent on shooting and killing the mysterious beast as he stakes out a stretch of woods in Texas populated by homeless people, many of whom claim to have seen Bigfoot. As truth and fact tip into malarkey, night-time hunts devolve into farcical displays of voodoo and comic stretches of the human imagination. What starts as a humorous look at perception gone off the rails, descends into a dark mystery as things get out of control during a close encounter in the woods."

This should shed some light on the Rick Dyer controversy ... I hope. YouTube trailer is here.

POSTSCRIPT (spoilers warning)

I just watched the program and it is intriguing to say the least. My assumption was that something was shot dead in the footage but that does not appear to be the case. Something was shot at, but no body was filmed. Morgan Matthews claims Dyer went back and did that. However, there is footage in the dark of something humanoid and hairy moving away with its back to the camera as Dyer races after it.

Whilst Matthews holds back, something with a fleeting, hairy face lunges at him and knocks him to the ground and is seen walking away as Matthews is left in a daze. Man in a hairy suit or Sasquatch? Matthews won't say and the film is not detailed enough to decide, it is too dark.

Anyway, puts me in the mood for my planned night hunt at Loch Ness next month, except I won't be packing a rifle!


  1. Geordie Sceptic21 March 2014 at 23:35

    From a young age I was always fascinated by the parallels between the Bigfoot story and the Nessie story. Hundreds of totally vehement eyewitnesses for both, a large number of vague and indistinct images and films in both cases....... yet literally zero biological evidence for either. How an apparent giant primate could roam all over America, yet consistently fail to leave even one strand of DNA anywhere is plain laughable. Same thing in L Ness- hundreds of very credible eyewitnesses, but not a single scrap of anything a biologist could use as evidence of a creature present.
    These 2 "cryptids" represent a study in human psychology, and have nothing at all to do with the real physical world. The next expedition is always going to "solve this mystery once and for all", and yet it never does.

  2. Zoinks. Biscardi is pretty much the Frank Searle of the Sasquatch Set, and that Dyer guy is a laugh as well. I can't imagine what the producers of this were thinking, unless their intention is to make the whole 'Squatching fad look ridiculous. Which it pretty much is, but I feel badly for those who are serious about it, and have been for a long time; same with those of us who have been into "ghost-hunting" since way before it became hip. Overly excited newcomers and flat-out hoaxers make everyone truly involved in the study of a phenomena seem goofy.



  3. I added a postscript having watched the film.

  4. Burton Caruthers26 March 2014 at 04:32

    Biscardi and Dyer are complete, proven frauds. Giving them any attention or their ridiculous follies any credence is embarrassing.

  5. Bigfoot files on the other night was good. The man who showed the reporter how bigfoot communicates !!! I was lafin for ages after....the noise he made followed by a bark haha ! I live a mystery and good to see a bit if fun had out of it lol

    1. Yes, I recall one of the guys on "Finding Bigfoot" was called an "expert bigfoot caller". Don't think a degree would be required to get one of those!