As soon as I came across this film while I was scrolling through Hulu, I knew I had to watch it. I thought this was going to be a gimmicky, Ghost Hunters-style trek through the woods, with a lot of shaky-cam footage and investigators overreacting at the sound of leaves rustling. Instead, Bigfoot Girl was basically a collection of people’s encounters with the notorious cryptid.
Who is she?
The titular Bigfoot Girl is Kiana Passmore, a Canadian woman who apparently saw Bigfoot for herself while hiking with her father at age 6. Despite being the namesake of the documentary, she is actually not in it that much. Instead, she chooses to spotlight other paranormal investigators and other people who have had experiences. From the parts of the film that she was in, it was clear that she cared a lot about this creature and just wanted to spread information about it. That was really interesting and refreshing.
Was she stalking Bigfoot alone?
No! Kiana also invited a whole team of people. Two of the investigators were heavily featured, and they were fantastic.
One was James Tyson, a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police member (dressed like a lumberjack) who can also apparently see dead people. Yes, he literally says that he can see dead people and then just moves on as though he said his favorite color was green. Can we please get a novel or movie about ghost hunting Mounties?
Another was Thomas Sewid, a member of a local First Nations tribe who claims that Bigfoot ran him out of his camp in 2006. This man is a delight. First of all, he calls the creature “Big Fella” instead of Bigfoot, which is great. Second, he is extremely knowledgable about the region and provides a treasure trove of information about the ecology of the area, the history of the region, and about Bigfoot himself. He also responds to many things with the phrase “use your frontal lobe,” which is a sentiment that all paranormal investigators should internalize.
A girl, a believer, and a Mountie medium go to track Bigfoot…
To try and get evidence of Sasquatch’s existence, the team treks back to the site of Mr. Sewid’s encounter and camps there for the night. They set up night vision cameras and leave a big pile of cherries to lure the creatures in, then go to bed.
One thing I loved about this documentary was its honesty. They didn’t play any footage from the night vision cameras and all admitted that they got nothing from them. They also showed that all the cherries were still there. When they went into the forest to try and find footprints, Mr. Sewid easily and eagerly explained away a lot of their proof. Where other movies might BS some evidence for the sake of drama, this one was honest about how they didn’t find anything.
Okay, was there anything bad about this documentary?
For me, the worst part was when they interviewed a local couple about their Bigfoot experience. In general, the encounter was not very convincing. Adding onto that, the filmmakers added a dramatic representation of the moment, complete with a fake Bigfoot. To me, that was really corny and felt different to the straightforward style of the rest of the documentary. Other than that, though, I loved this movie.
This documentary was way better than I thought it would be. I loved how it linked Bigfoot with the lore and culture of First Nations and Native American peoples. Furthermore, I just really enjoyed how wholesome it was. Watching this is watching a really passionate group of well-meaning people go chase their dreams and have a good time doing it, even though it doesn’t totally work out. Maybe the real Bigfoot was the friends we made along the way.(4 / 5)