Sarah (Lauren Crandall) and Brandon (Julian Green) are a couple looking to find the mysterious Florida bigfoot. However, among the rumours of what they locally call the Skunk Ape there’s also reports of a missing girl and so the pair are determined to uncover the truth one way or another. They talk to the locals and come across a couple of conspiracy theorists who are more interested in UFOs, but then they meet Dale (David E. McMahon).
Dale is your typical monster hunter, the kind that somebody might find in one of those fake documentaries about the mysteries of the bigfoot so Sarah and Brandon don’t take him too seriously at first. Although once they get to know him a little better, they start to realise that he either knows a lot about the bigfoot or more than he’s letting on about the little girl’s disappearance.
Then things go really bad for them.
The Wild Man is a horror with elements of comedy directed by Ryan Justice and written by Sean Michael Gloria and Ian Longen. Also being a found footage movie you may have to either be a fan of films such as The Blair Witch Project or hate examples of the genre such as 2016’s Blair Witch.
It certainly seems that the filmmakers fall onto the latter side as they seem to make fun of the genre and the certain characters that one may find within them. However, once the movie has been fully set up it takes a sharp turn into something more serious.
There lies the problem though, because after taking so long to give the audience the impression that the movie is going to be a comedy, after certain events the rest of the film is played deadly serious. This means that all that time where the audience may have been laughing at Tim or smiling at the knowingly preposterous set up, it feels like the tonal shift turns the movie into the very thing it’s parodying.
Which unfortunately makes it feel more unintentionally funny than intended. Despite the set up and the good performances, it seems that The Wild Man loses its nerve and ends up giving audiences what it thinks they want.
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