Sasq-watch concerns the half-ass adventures of two brothers; Nigel and Oscar (played by Paul Brittain and Adam Herschman respectively), who have made it their mission in life to collect a huge bounty offered by the family of a deceased Bigfoot hunter before the reward is discontinued. After missing their scheduled guided tour, they hook up with a new guide named Sampson (Neil Flynn as your typical backwoods dude with little patience for idiots…which is unfortunate because he is swimming in them), and Jamie (Christine Bently), the sister of their dead LARPing frenemy who’s forced to go on the trip by her father for reasons. Oh, and don’t forget Claus (Tim Meadows), a rival Bigfoot hunter with a past with the brothers.
Sasq-watch has a real charm about it (a phrase I may have never written in any review before…), and while it isn’t always completely over-the-top side splittingly high-larious (though admittedly it often is), it really aims to please, and in that it’s remarkably successful. The characters, even the ones that are supposed to be obnoxious a-holes, are really damn likable (thanks to fantastic performances across the board), and there’s just something about the earnestness and heart of their misguided mission that’s compelling (and really mirrors the heart the film makers obviously put in this production). Also of note are some really fun uses of animation, great moments of comic timing (the reaction shot is key in this one my creeps), and some nice cinematography. Oh, and major bonus points for including ‘Love Chaser’ by Europe not once, but mother F’n twice…right the F on!!
On the negative side, I’m a monster kid at heart, and when there’s even the remotest, pixie’s belch of a chance that I’ll get to have a lil’ creature with my feature I get all a-twitter. Alas, this one is (almost) completely devoid of monster action, so don’t go in expecting some substantial quality time with everyone’s fav creepy cryptid.
Bottom line; Sasq-watch is a likable and often hilarious good time of a picture that pokes gentle fun at the whole cryptozoology bag and the erstwhile folk that inhabit that whole universe. If you’re lookin’ for some laughs in lieu of the normal lacerations I’d urge you cats n’ creeps to give it a go!