Bigfoot invades Waynesville

Writer and starring actress to appear at red carpet premiere
By Jessi Stone Assistant editor | Aug 18, 2014

When Canton author Eric. S. Brown decided to start writing his “Bigfoot War” series, he could envision his story on the big screen.

“I have always loved horror films and it seemed there was never a Bigfoot movie in the genre that had an army of the creatures,” he said. “As a fan, I wanted to see Sasquatch rampaging through the streets and tearing folks apart so that's what I wrote with the hopes that other fans wanted that too.”

Brown’s dream is now a reality since Origin Releasing bought the rights to the first book in the series last year. The movie is being released to audiences this month and The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville is the only theater in North Carolina that has gotten the rights to show it.

Since Brown is a local author and contributes a regular column in The Guide, The Strand and The Mountaineer wanted to honor him for his latest accomplishment.

 

The party

The red carpet will literally be rolled out for Brown at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 as RE/MAX Mountain Realty, a few doors down from The Strand, will host Red Carpet Premiere Party. Food and drinks will be served at the pre-party and guests will have the opportunity to meet Bigfoot, Brown and one of the movie’s leading actresses, Jackey Hall.

Blue Ridge Books will be selling copies of “Bigfoot War,” and Brown will be happy to autograph copies for his fans. After the party, guests will walk the red carpet down to The Strand for the screening of the movie. Brown and Hall have not seen the movie yet and are anxious to see the final product as well as the reaction from the crowd.

“I am honored to see my book come to life. The fact that a studio was willing to invest the money and make that happen speaks volumes as to the quality of the book and that's enough for me,” Brown said.

He knows there were some major changes made from the book to the screen, but he said he isn’t that nervous about how it will all turn out. First of all, the book is based in North Carolina, yet the movie is filmed in Texas. In the book, the sheriff is a strong female lead but in the film, Holt Boggs (Sons of Anarchy, Revolution), plays the role.  “Holt is a great actor so that's OK,” Brown said. “I am also told that a good bit of other stuff was changed around to make it work on the screen with the budget they had.  I think the movie at least gives us the army of Sasquatch the book had and that's something that no Bigfoot movie has really had before.”

 

The stars

The movie stars Judd Nelson, who many know from his iconic role as John Bender on “The Breakfast Club,” and C. Thomas Howell, who has started in classics such as “E.T.” and “The Outsiders.” Hall plays the role of Savannah in the film and is kidnapped by Sasquatch.

“I play the lead daughter of Sheriff Taylor – my dad hasn’t been in my life for quite a few years after my mother died so the movie starts where he’s coming back into my life and I am rebelling,” she said.

Hall will be traveling to Waynesville from Atlanta to see the film for the first time. This is the second film she has worked on with director Brian Jaynes, who also directed “Biohazard: Patient Zero,” “Humans Versus Zombies” and “Boggy Creek.”

“All the movies Brian has done have been great quality — I’ve been really impressed so I have high expectations for ‘Bigfoot Wars,’” she said.

She and Brown have been in communication through Facebook since the movie started filming, and she excited to finally meet the writer that started the entire process.

Brown, who still lives in Canton with his wife and two young children, has been inundated with requests for interviews and photo shoots since the movie release, yet he remains humble about his success. Origin Releasing has already expressed interest in producing more books from the “Bigfoot War” series if this first film does well.

“I have really, really enjoyed what little I have seen so far of the movie.  As a horror and Bigfoot fan, I am totally ready for an army of Sasquatch to declare war on the world of man,” Brown said.

Tickets for the Red Carpet Pre-party (formal attire) cost $25 and tickets to the movie premiere cost $6. Space is limited as the theater only seats about 70 people. To reserve tickets now, visit www.38main.com or call 283-0079.

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