Cryptids + Weed = Danger in Hulu’s Sasquatch

Out of all the cryptids, Sasquatch has been the one creature with numerous eyewitness accounts over the years, scholarly studies, scientific research, and analysis. The fascination of this ape-like, humanoid creature is endless, and most of the sightings have been in densely wooded areas like the Pacific Northwest, with the lush forest being a cloak for the elusive creature. A memory of a Sasquatch encounter led investigative journalist David Holthouse to pursue a rumour from a creepy night he witnessed decades ago.  That rumour about three mutilated men fuels a search for answers in the three-part Hulu series, Sasquatch.

In 1993, Holthouse worked on a marijuana farm deep in the Emerald Triangle – an area comprised of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties in California that have been cannabis farming areas since the 1960s. One night, a couple of fellow workers came back to their cabin telling of three bodies they found mutilated by Bigfoot. Holthouse never forgot the look of absolute terror in the man’s eyes. Years later, he embarked on finding out whether this myth of a killer Sasquatch was true. Through his investigation, he finds much more than he bargained for. The Cannabis farm industry has been cursed by America’s war on drugs, bikers and competition. Growing weed in California is a felony, so the secrecy and suspicion around this industry run high. He interviews hippy growers from the 70s, clandestine chats with people deep in the current growers’ community, and Bigfoot enthusiasts to figure out why Sasquatch may have attacked these three men.

David Holthouse. Image courtesy: Hulu

From Holthouse trying to track down the guys who witnessed the carnage all those years ago to academics weighing in on the nature of the cryptid, Sasquatch is an intriguing documentary that takes you on a wild and winding trail. Directed by Joshua Rofé and executive produced by the Duplass Brothers, we witness Holthouse and his investigation with animated re-enactments, sketchy interviews in parking lots, and many reluctant participants. You start to fear a little for his well-being even though he’s a seasoned journalist who has gone undercover with Latino gangs and white supremacists. Did deforestation piss off the ‘Squatch, and it chose violence to protect its land? Was it a bunch of nasty bikers? A government conspiracy? Holthouse uncovers some surprising and not-so-surprising discoveries that will make you think about human nature and the constant battle for many forms of supremacy. I highly recommend watching the three-part series to find out what the deal was with the origins of the murders.

Sasquatch airs on Hulu on April 20.

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