The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018)
Sparky; certificate 15 (out now)
Originally written for Dark Side magazine
When perhaps the last of the mythic man-beasts also known as Yeti begins to stray from its usual territory in the Canadian wildwoods, spreading a deadly disease which threatens all living creatures, the US Government press-gangs the legendary hunter responsible forty years earlier for assassinating Adolf Hitler in the final days of World War Two. In addition to his remarkable tracking and combat skills, Calvin Barr’s rare immunity to the virus carried by the Bigfoot may be our own species’ single hope to avoid destruction.
The difficulty with this film, the feature debut of writer-director Robert D Krzykowski, is that it hangs almost entirely upon the excellent performance from Sam Elliott (Hulk, Ghost Rider) as the world-weary Barr, haunted by both his past (Aidan Turner steps in for the counterfactual WW2 flashbacks) and the future happiness he was denied. Entertaining as the premise is, it would be nothing without Elliott at its heart.