Perhaps best known for earlier efforts like Hip-Hop Task Force and Dysfunctional Friends, writer, director, and producer Corey Grant adds a new genre to his growing repertoire of films – the found-footage mockumentary – with his latest effort Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes. By posing a possible reason for the mythological creature’s penchant for shyness, the film opens up the legend in ways you’d never expect – and then some.
Our resident film critic, Chris Pandolfi, recently riled a few hairs with his review of the film. To help set the story straight, he and Corey decided to take things to the next-level with a one quick-minute interview. From hip-hop gangstas to sasquatch sightings to critical disagreements, Corey pulls back the fur on his effort to keep Bigfoot relevant in an age of quick scares and monster movies.
For more info on both Corey and Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes head over to the official Facebook page right HERE!
Having previously tackled two crime thrillers and a relationship comedy, what inspired you to make your fourth feature a horror film?
Well it was a decision strictly based on my fascination with Bigfoot… I’ve loved the mystery that surrounds this legend since I was a small boy and when this idea was presented to me, I ran with it. It happened to be in the horror genre so I kind of fell into it.. At the same time I love all genres and as a storyteller I love to tell stories so why limit myself to one genre if I feel I can tell a good story that I like and believe in. Horror is a difficult genre at the same time and I love the challenges it presents.
Films typically reflect the personal interests of the filmmakers. How long have you been interested in the legend of Bigfoot? What is it about the legend you find interesting?
Well Bigfoot is a topic I’ve always been fascinated with since I was a small boy. The fact that this creature could actually exist is something that just pulls me in.. Come on can everybody that claims to have encountered Bigfoot be lying.. I would think not. Pop American culture loves unsolved mysteries and that alone will keep Bigfoot relevant.
Why did you decide to make your film in the style of a found-footage mockumentary?
Well the treatment that was presented to me was using that style and after a long debate with the writers and them going over all my notes and ideas, it was decided to stick with that style because it best fit the story we were trying to tell. I think it was a good choice.
The story features characters involved in television production. Did screenwriters Bryan O’Cain and Brian Kelsey draw on your own personal experiences when you were working at NBC?
No when I worked for my NBC local station it was in broadcast news which I loathed. I was basically editing news packages and monitoring the news wires. I do think my experience being around the anchors and reporters helped me in directing this movie from that aspect, but Drew Raush, the lead was so natural as a journalist, there wasn’t much I had to do on that end.
On the film’s Facebook page, you responded to my criticism of the film. You stated it, “went over some peoples heads, most got it, but the clues and explanations of everything, including the end are all right there if you look and listen.”
On the basis of that comment, you seem to think a movie’s effectiveness depends on the number of people that “get it.” I admit, I did find the ending very confusing. However, I took a quick look at the movie’s official Facebook page, and the comments left by several other people (many of whom were offered a chance to view deleted scenes by you) show that I wasn’t the only one. With this in mind, do you think it’s correct to judge a film’s success on audiences “getting it”?
Well the sheer number of people who understood the story and “got the ending” far outweighed the number of people who didn’t. Also no deleted scenes have been released. What I was offering people was a chance to read the mythology behind the movie so if they had theories, they could confirm them and if they didn’t understand or catch the clues they would know where to look. I judge a films success on two things. Did the majority of audience enjoy the movie and did I feel I did told that story to the best of my abilities. Critics are cool, but you have to understand that three critics will contradict each other
on the same piece of art with three different point’s of views. Who’s to say whether they are right or wrong. It’s a single person’s interpretation on what what they are viewing. The movies “controversial ending” as some are calling it lol was well thought out and if you watch the movie closely and listen to the dialogue it’s all laid out for you in plain view. Of course in this genre a lot of people are used to things being laid out for them and not really having to think and look for clues. That’s were some of the frustration from casual viewers comes from.
At the same time we expected some of backlash we received when we were shooting the film last year. It’s a choice that we stand by and from the emails and Facebook messages from fans around the world we receive daily, I was able to confirm that we made a good choice. The fact that the ending has caused no much debate is a good thing. I thought you gave a fair review of the movie but I think again some things you might not have picked up on. I did appreciate your objective review. Once the movie is out a bit longer we will release the deleted scenes and the on set documentary that we shot while up there. We had our “THE BIGFOOT ISN’T WORKING ” moments just like JAWS.. lol
What projects do you have in development now?
Well the sequel to BTLCT is in active development right now. We are still debating the style it will be shot in, POV or traditional.. We have a new horror film called “INCIDENT AT BRIDGEWATER HIGH” which is a traditional horror film in style but with a very layered story. We also have the romantic Comedy THE NEXT EX which will be first up. We have a busy year planned for 2013.