Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 23rd, 2006
Sasquatch Dumpling Gang (2006) appears to be on its way to becoming a runaway hit. The well-respected motion picture review site, Film Threat, has declared the film a five-star (out of five) success.
The plot is intellectually and enjoyably complex, but basically is about a group of teenage friends who discover what appear to be Sasquatch footprints in the woods near the lead character’s home. Soon to visit them is Bigfoot expert Dr. Artimus Snodgrass (whom Film Threat calls “a pretentious, over-the-top scientist played by Carl Weathers”). Needless to say, the movie allegedly takes some twists down the path of Bigfoot fakery. (But there’s no spoilers here. Cryptomundo isn’t going there today.)
Critic Sally Foster writes on January 23, 2006:
Working from an absolutely airtight script, writer/director Tim Skousen and producer/editor Jeremy Coon garner amazing performances from an extremely talented cast…Carrying an absurd yet totally deadpan tone reminiscent of Napoleon Dynamite, nothing is too strange – yet it is the script that really makes this film a success. Full of quotable lines and totally unique characters, Sasquatch Dumpling Gang blends classic elements of fantasy, teen-angst and coming-of-age tales to create a genre all its own.
But is it hip enough to look deeply into the culture of Bigfoot in modern America? Is it aware that some kids are into Duel Master trading cards, Magic Cards, or Dungeons and Dragons, in addition to Sasquatch? I guess we all have to wait to see it in a theater, near our homes? Or on DVD? And then find out?
In the meantime, something is going on here. But what? A broader new Bigfoot meme spreading?
That’s okay. I don’t know a Bigfooter without an extremely good sense of humor. Hey, you can’t be in this field for long without one.
Reviewer Foster found: “This film is an instant hit; several parts of it made me laugh so hard I was crying, and I’ve been quoting it pretty much non-stop ever since.”
You know any time you begin hearing teens repeat lines from a popular movie, it is going to have the kind of mouth-of-mouth success that you can’t buy. Look for “Sasquatch” to pop up in some of those phrases this year.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.