After 35 years of obscurity…
A bunch of hippies move into an abandoned farmhouse out in the woods in rural New England. Deputy Richard (Dick Bryan) is always hassling them and of course when the bloody Bigfoot murders start, the hippies are blamed.
The group of hippies is led by Big Jim (Jim Whitworth), who forms a commune. The first one to die is Diane (Carmella Gallien). The girl is mauled to death by a Sasqua. The slasher style murders begin. Another local girl is savagely killed. Three local hunters are stalked and murdered in the deep forest regions of New England. Tension among the members of the commune rises. The fights between them are erupting. After discovering Diane’s bloody corpse it’s time to stop the terror of Sasqua. Sheriff Tom (Wayne Woodruff), Big Jim and his family decide to pursue the elusive creatures. A female member of the commune sees a group of Sasquas sitting around the fire, eating tasty human flesh. Deputy Richard is killed by a Sasqua and the fight between hunter Joe and the creature becomes lethal. Big Jim and his family finally decide to go away, leaving the farmhouse to the Bigfoots. Sheriff Tom is the last one to meet with the wrath of Sasqua. He walks into the empty barn and when he is inside, you can see the outline of the monster step into the doorway behind him.
Sasqua is a fine piece of low-budget regional horror filmmaking. The acting is surprisingly decent and there are some eerie scenes of Sasqua stalking its human prey. Jim Whitworth‘s performance is especially memorable – horror fans may remember his menacing character of Papa Jupiter from Wes Craven‘s survival classic The Hills Have Eyes. We don’t really see the creatures – Sasqua relies more on the power of suggestion than gore. But one thing is sure: Sasquas are mean and cannibalistic monsters. The overall tone of the movie is very recognisable, as it shares a lot with the backwoods slasher sub-genre. Channon J. Scot directs with a sure hand and manages to create some suspense. The cinematography is grainy and the editing is quite abrupt, but then again, the quality of my copy wasn’t very good. Actually, there are 10 quick cuts around 42 minutes in the film that need to be pulled and the end credits are missing. Still Sasqua was regarded lost for many years and I am possibly the first person, who truly noticed its mysterious existence. After 35 years of obscurity Sasqua simply deserves to be seen and appreciated.
The short praisings in this mini-review from Humanoid Of Flesh — who finally unearthed a legit copy of this rare & sought-after film earlier this year — are part of the article The Story of Sasqua, featuring a interview with Channon Scot.