Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 5th, 2009
Release Date: USA, 2009
Production Company: Big Biting Pig Productions
Approximate running time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: Steve Hudgins
Writer: Steve Hudgins
Cinematographer: Steve Hudgins
Cast: Emily Fitzmaurice, Marsha Cash, Brandon Schaefer, Randy Hardesty, Steve Hudgins, Neil Vowels, Kim Welsh, Amanda Stone, Jack Jones, Tom Dolan, Logan Nance, Elaine Ruff, Syd Tate, Megan Jones
Synopsis: A group of hikers venture into the woods hoping to catch a glimpse of a mythical creature known as “The GoatSucker”.
At the core of this film’s plot is a creature that is cut in the same mold as the Spanish legend known as El Chupacabra which translates into “The Goat Sucker”. An opportunist business owner, eager to exploit the public’s need for wanting to believe in mythical creatures sets up a hiking tour. Those wanting to see “The Goat Sucker”, they are taken to a remote location where they are meet by a guide who shows them places where the “The Goat Sucker” has been known to roam. Things get off to a bad start when the guide who was supposed to show the hikers around is nowhere to be found. Has the “The Goat Sucker” claimed its next victim? As if this was not bad enough the replacement guide also disappears into thin air. From this moment onward the plot focuses on the group of hikers who now have to find their way out of the woods. The stress of not knowing their surroundings and the chance that they might be the “The Goat Sucker’s” next victim puts a wedge between them. This pitting of the characters against each other is without a doubt this film’s strongest asset.
The kills in the film are just bloody enough. The way in which “The Goat Sucker” is kept in the shadows and not fully revealed for the bulk of the film really helps sell this mythical creature. Without giving too much of the plot away the final act and conclusion nicely wraps everything up in an extremely satisfying way. There are plenty of red herrings and twists along the way to kept things moving along. Performance wise none of the cast really standout and few performances come dangerously close to jumping over the edge. To the casts credit they all fully embrace their characters which makes some of the shortcomings of their performances all the more enjoyable. The film features a diverse gallery of characters like an obsessive girlfriend, her boyfriend who is trying to get away from her, a nerdy loner, a divorcee cougar on the prowl for a younger lover and an alcoholic older man who likes to take pictures. Visually the film takes full advantage of the rural woods which the bulk of the film takes place in. Ultimately GoatSucker is a good example of how to make a fun and inventive independent horror film with limited resources.
The DVD release for GoatSucker comes with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and extras include a blooper reel (7 minutes), three deleted scenes and two trailers for the film. You can purchase the DVD from Big Biting Pig Productions website which can be found here.