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Alex Mistretta, Matthew Mordovanec, Nick Redfern, Danielle Winkler
Jeremy Norrie
72 Mins.
Amazon Prime

 "Don't Call Me Bigfoot" Premieres on Amazon Prime 
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From the semi-haunting tones of Maximillian Kabong's original score, Jeremy Norrie's feature documentary Don't Call Me Bigfoot elicits both a feeling of familiarity and an aura all its own as Norrie explores the world of the big, hairy, bipedal, and ape-like creatures long alleged to dwell in the wilderness leaving behind behemoth footprints and rumors of strange encounters. 

From the famed Patterson-Gimlin film and other famous sightings to just as many, if not more, known hoaxes, Don't Call Me Bigfoot enthusiastically explores the world of Bigfoot hunters and delves into the mythology, sightings, and people surrounding one of crypozoology's most enduring mysteries. 

Centered largely around interviews with Bigfoot enthusiast Matthew Mordovanec and cryptozoologist Alex Mistretta with appearances by Nick Redfern and Danielle Winkler, Don't Call Me Bigfoot is pretty much everything you want a Bigfoot documentary to be - grounded in admittedly ambiguous science, quirkily endearing, gosh darn serious, and yet just believable enough to pull you in and never let you go during its just over hour-long running time. 

As someone who grew up an enthusiast of both Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, and as someone who still tends to believe in both, I found Don't Call Me Bigfoot an utterly enjoyable hour of entertainment and one of the better of the recent docs released by prolific production house Zapruter Pictures. Recently released on Amazon Prime, Don't Call Me Bigfoot seems like the perfect way to spend an hour of your COVID-19 social distancing time. 

For existing Bigfoot enthusiasts, and it's worth noting that an awful lot of enthusiasts are offended by the "Bigfoot" name, Don't Call Me Bigfoot doesn't really offer much in the way of new proof of Bigfoot's enthusiasts but rather gives voice to particularly informed Bigfoot believers and confronts, quite directly, some of the most popular myths and beliefs arguing against Bigfoot's existence. 

Toward the end, Don't Call Me Bigfoot starts to feel just a wee bit repetitive amidst some archival footage that feels more like a time-filler than essential to the motion picture. However, this is a minor complaint for an enjoyable, entertaining film. 

You can catch Don't Call Me Bigfoot for yourself right now on Amazon Prime. 

Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic