Critically Examining….Small Town Monsters “Minerva Monster” (Movie Review)

 

Movie Poster for Small Town Monsters "Minerva Monster"

Movie Poster for Small Town Monsters “Minerva Monster”

Small Town Monsters “Minerva Monster”

 

Directed by; Seth Breedlove

 

 

There’s something special, endearing, nostalgic, even, about a small town.

A close knit community of individuals, almost like a large family, who live together for generations. Everyone knows everyone. Everyone has a story.

In some towns, there are more than simple stories, however. More than  tales of local high school football stars who go on to NFL fame. More than next-door-neighbor musicians who once played in  local watering holes and now play for stadiums of thousands.

Every now and again a small town shares something more than the usual. .

Some towns have a monster.

Minerva, Ohio, is one of those small towns.

I recently had the opportunity to view Seth Breedlove’s “Minerva Monster” documentary before it was released to the public at large. Being the bigfoot nerd that I am, I jumped at the opportunity to review the movie for my site, searchthewoods.com.

In full disclosure, I must admit that I am NOT a professional film critic and my review will resemble an actual movie review about as much as Todd Standing resembles a credible Sasquatch researcher. If you’re not sure who Todd Standing is, you just need to know he proclaims the muppet creature below to be an actual living, breathing, bigfoot.

Really, Todd? Really?

Really, Todd? Really?

 

I digress, back to the movie.

View Minerva Monster trailer below…

Brief Overview;

A family in small town, Minerva, Ohio, claim to be visited by a large, bipedal creature, numerous times, which sparks investigation, controversy, and ridicule by their small town Ohio friends and neighbors.

My Review;

If you love tales of savage sasquatches, sasquatchie, ,bigfoots, bigfeets, monsters terrorizing campers in National Parks, stealing women and children, cloaking in and out of view, and traveling between dimensions then…

This movie is not for you.

I must say THANK GOODNESS for that!

If I hear one more government conspiracy theorist, attention seeking, date forgetting, moon phase “misremembering”, bigfoot story I may just scream.

I may be in the minority but I’m not a fan of “dramatic reenactments”, eery voice over narration persuading you to hear what they want you to hear, see what they want you to see, and believe what they want you to believe. I like to make my own decisions. I like my encounter stories to be no nonsense, as close to eyewitness testimony as I can get them. Minerva Monster is my kind of movie.

Breedlove and company actually allow the people who experienced the monster firsthand to tell the tale. Minerva Monster is narrated solely (100%) by people directly involved with the actual Minerva Monster incident (s) which, as I stated earlier, is unbelievably refreshing compared to the scripted, “actor portrayal”, which has become commonplace for both bigfoot movie and television.

Make no mistake, there is a real difference between listening to an eyewitness retell an encounter and a “this person almost looks like the actual person who encountered the creature”…retelling.

The movie is perfectly “unflashy”. I originally thought of describing MM as “beautifully unpolished” but that’s not quite right. Unpolished indicates a less than “finished” product and that certainly isn’t the case with Minerva. It is “unflashy” by necessity because, more often than not, legitimate bigfoot encounter stories are anything but flashy. Credible witnesses, believe it or not, don’t typically see a bigfoot cloaking, talking, flying, or eating humans.

On the technical side (again, I’m not a movie maker so take this little section for what it’s worth), the story telling is incredibly well done, especially considering the fact that it is completely narrated by eyewitness and/or persons involved testimony. Never once did I feel something was “missing” from the story without dedicated narration. I can only imagine the interviewing process was tedious and required hours of interview to get certain sections of the story in such a way that it could be placed together as seamlessly as the resulting finished product. This is likely the most impressive and unexpected aspect of this film. I thought I may “miss” the narration but after a few minutes I completely forgot that traditional documentaries have a single voice guiding me through.

I felt the story was told in enough detail that a picture could be painted without the need for reenactment. I often find this more enjoyable, to let the imagination paint the picture, rather than have a picture given.

To wrap up my (non-technical) technical part of the review, I found the sound to be more than adequate and never noticed any section of the film to be difficult to hear or understand. Everything seemed clear on that end.

Wrapping up…

I thoroughly enjoyed MM. I found the movie to be honest, unassuming, and refreshing. Personally, I wish more bigfoot television shows, podcasts, and movies would go the route of MM and focus on the people involved and the unique vantage point they bring to their own story.

The bigfoot community is rife with hoaxers, storytellers, and (harsh, I know) outright liars, looking to make a buck off of a fantastic (however fabricated) story.

Minerva Monster shows that a good monster movie needs only two things;

A monster and…

The people who saw it.

Thanks for reading.

Adam

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