Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 12th, 2012
Two of the big names behind the forthcoming Haxan Films’ and Court Five’s Bigfoot movie Exists will be making a joint special appearance at the forthcoming Texas conference, Cryptopalooza, on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The two film people are journeying to Texas on the 45th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film, out of respect and tribute to this milestone moment.
Exists director Eduardo Sanchez (director, Blair Witch Project), and producer Mark Ordesky (executive producer, Lord of the Rings) will be appearing to share with Bigfoot fans some special news about Exists.
The setting for their Exists announcements couldn’t be better. The Cryptopalooza conference is taking place in the midst of prime East Texas Bigfoot country, the cryptofiction location of Exists.
The character “Bigfoot” is played by Brian Steele (Hellboy).
Exists, written by Jamie Nash, is about a group of young folks who take a trip to a cabin deep in the wooded wilderness and are methodically stalked by a Southern variety of Bigfoot. Producers are Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming, Robin Cowie, and Andy Jenkins with Gregg Hale and Reed Frerichs being the executive producers, along with George Waud and D. Todd Shepherd of Miscellaneous Entertainment. I, Loren Coleman, worked closely with Gregg Hale and Haxan Films on the new version of In Search Of (as the senior series consultant) in 2002. The Haxan folks told me then how important Bigfoot was to their beginnings.
“Ever since we experienced the 1972 film The Legend of Boggy Creek, Haxan has dreamed of bringing Bigfoot back to the dark side,” says their early publicity about Exists. It is no surprise they found a way to return to their roots. (Haxan was also behind the “Civil War Thunderbird” creation on Freakylinks; the “Thunderbird” prop, 11 ft long, is part of the International Cryptozoology Museum today.)
“The film is the first in a trilogy exploring and reinventing the Bigfoot myth,” Sanchez told Variety last year. “We all remember the terror of watching such classics as The Legend of Boggy Creek, and I look forward to making Bigfoot scary again.”
The found-footage fictional film The Blair Witch Project took in more than $140 million domestically, mostly due to its online word-of-mouth push and viral marketing campaigns. The film grossed $250 million worldwide.
(Yes, Mark will autograph LOTR items brought by any attendees, and Sanchez will sign any Blair Witch Project items you might have!)
The Haxan Facebook page for Exists is here.
Cryptopalooza will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin footage in a family friendly setting.
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.