Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 24th, 2006
That’s right, for only $7.99, you can download the entire movie from VideoForiPods.com. Better hurry, as it is on sale, and the price normally is $9.99.
"Bigfoot," written and directed by Mentor native Bob Gray, is a top seller on VideoForiPods.com, said company founder Tom King.
The firm acquired the rights to "Bigfoot" because the horror movie appeals to the iPod generation – mostly young adult males, King said.
VideoForiPods.com, which launched three months ago, gets about 10,000 visitors a week to its Web site, he said.
" ‘Bigfoot’ is a fun film," King said. "We get a ton of traffic by people wanting to see the trailer."
The movie portrays Bigfoot as a victim of urban sprawl who fights back against hu mans to defend his ter ritory in the Mentor marshes. Childhood friends Jack Sullivan and Sheriff Bob Perkins must investigate a series of mysterious mutilations and deaths that could be caused only by Bigfoot.
"The amazing thing is, everybody loves it," said Gray, who also plays Sheriff Perkins. At film festivals where it has played, "the crowd goes nuts, like they’re seeing ‘Star Wars’ for the first time."
Gray, 40, moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to pursue acting. He got the idea for "Bigfoot" when he returned to Mentor for his mother’s funeral and visited Mentor Headlands.
When interest from a Hollywood producer fell through, Gray raised money and shot the movie in Mentor for less than $50,000. He moved back to Mentor to do the movie and stayed, working as a free-lance television director and cameraman.
"Bigfoot" is getting raves at indie film festivals, especially for the 7-foot creature. It’s really actor Shawn Kipp in a suit designed by special-effects artist David Greathouse, Gray said.
Gray is working on a "Bigfoot" sequel that he hopes to start filming this year. Turns out there wasn’t just one monster in the marshes, but an entire family. Look for eight Bigfoots in "Bigfoot: The Clan."
"Way more kills. Way more action," Gray promised.
Suddenly, Legend of the Sandsquatch isn’t sounding that bad.