Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


‘Hoax’ (review)

Produced by Mitch Dickman, Michael Haskins
Written by Matt Allen, Scott Park
Directed by Matt Allen
Starring Ben Browder, Hutch Dano, Cheryl Texiera,
Shoshana Bush, Brian Thompson, Max Decker,
Matt Reidy, Brian Landis Folkins,
Anthony Ray Parker,
Adrienne Barbeau


Damn. I wanted to like this one.

An a-hole TV producer is given ONE LAST CHANCE to redeem himself when he bamboozles an exec to bankroll an investigation into a recent deep woods massacre that appears to have been perpetrated by Bigfoot.

He assembles the usual “types” – druggie diva/show host, freshman cameraman, local guide, security man, etc. to track down the beast.

The film opens with an utterly hideous, awful sequence wherein a bunch of young dipshits are sliced and diced by the creature. This opening is incredibly off-putting, indicating a true slog ahead for the viewer.

Things brighten for literally about two minutes as the always-reliable Adrienne Barbeau brings her usual appeal and professionalism to her ridiculously brief cameo. This cameo is quickly followed by a dumb The Fog joke (we GET IT, Adrienne Barbeau is in your movie!!).

Then we’re back to the grind as the boring and unlikable crew bitch and bicker as they head out into the woods to look for that wacky sasquatch.

Tedium ensues in slow motion, further enhanced by sloppy, dull, energy-sapping editing and wretched sound recording. Seriously, the majority of the film sounds like it was recorded in a broom closet.

It’s nice to see Brian Thompson (Cobra, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) on hand as the security man, but he isn’t given much to do.

The dialogue is mostly risible, with exchanges like:

“Where’s (character X)???”

“He’s dead. Very, very dead!!”


And after a fair amount of the cast is killed off in silly, uninteresting ways, we get to the twist.

I won’t spoil it here, but oh man. I appreciate the effort – I love a movie that leans heavily in one direction then springs a surprise explanation near the end.

But the revelation is so poorly handled – with a truly goofy character introduced very late in the game – that is lands with an ugly thud.

The climax is just mean-spirited and stupid and insanely derivative.

I really wish I could write a positive review for this puppy, but that would be a hoax. Oh God, sorry – the mediocrity is catching…..

Hoax is now available on Blu-ray and On Demand



Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Forces of Geek is protected from liability under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and “Safe Harbor” provisions.

All posts are submitted by volunteer contributors who have agreed to our Code of Conduct.

FOG! will disable users who knowingly commit plagiarism, piracy, trademark or copyright infringement.

Please contact us for expeditious removal of copyrighted/trademarked content.


In many cases free copies of media and merchandise were provided in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions shared on Forces of Geek are those of the individual author.

You May Also Like


“Better luck next time…” The road of life can be twisty and treacherous, but if you are unfortunate enough to take a wrong turn...


Films may become iconic for various reasons – their aesthetic, score, performances, narrative elements and structure, filmmaking ingenuity, or how certain events surrounding the...


Winner of the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (1976) and nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture (1976), TAXI DRIVER...


An unfortunate movie trope gets the Men in Black treatment in The American Society of Magical Negroes, as a young Black man is recruited...