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New Doc investigates whether Bigfoot murdered three NorCal cannabis farmers
 

 


The most interesting true crimes are often the ones that sound so unlikely that they verge on fiction, spiraling from headlines into myths. Hulu’s new series “Sasquatch” covers that type of crime, investigating rumors that three cannabis farmworkers were murdered in a gruesome fashion attributed to legendary forest monster Sasquatch.

Directed by Joshua Rofé (“Lorena”), the Hulu series follows gonzo journalist David Holthouse as he investigates an anecdote he heard at a cannabis farm in Northern California in the 1990s.

The area best known as a hotbed of cannabis cultivation has gained a reputation in popular culture as a particularly dangerous region, partially due to the Netflix series “murder Mountain.” While the series has been criticized as sensational, its sentiments are echoed by the longtime cannabis farmers interviewed in “Sasquatch.”

Holthouse, who has worked as an embedded journalist for 25 years covering subjects like neo-Nazi communities, serves as the lead detective on the series, gumshoeing his way through Mendocino County trying to find clues to the supposed murders.

Scenes were often shot with only one cameraman and no support crew in order to create a sense of security between Holthouse and his sources, many of whose voices and images are obscured.

“In some cases, he was developing sources over the course of an entire year,” says Rofé. “His wheelhouse is essentially pockets of society that would make the rest of us really uncomfortable, and really afraid. He thrives in those situations.”

The three-episode series premiering April 20 is indeed terrifying. For inspiration, Rofé looked not to other true crime docs, but rather tense feature films like “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” “Zodiac,” “The Parallax View” and “Memories of a murder” by “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho.

Sources repeatedly caution Holthouse against investigating further or risking his own safety. Despite the fact that these three supposed murders are now 28 years old, sources acknowledge that these deaths are part of a pattern of other missing persons that residents of the area would rather be forgotten.

“I didn’t know going into this that this was going to be such a dangerous world we would enter,” says Rofé. “It seemed quirkier. A Bigfoot k*lled three guys on a weed farm? I knew that there was a darkness that was there of course, but I couldn’t have guessed just how dark it was going to get.”

Rofé recounted one night when Holthouse planned to meet a source without a cameraman. The meeting changed twice, first to a public place in the afternoon, then to 11 p.m. at a location that turned out to be closed. Even Holthouse was nervous at that point, then eight additional people unexpectedly arrived.

One of them called yet another source, then offered to immediately drive Holthouse to meet them three hours away, in the middle of the woods. Meanwhile, Rofé was back in a hotel room, wide awake awaiting text updates from Holthouse that he was safe. Holthouse, perhaps wisely, declined the invitation.

“I’m a filmmaker, I’m a movie geek to the extreme,” says Rofé. “But suddenly you realize you’re not just making that doc series you were excited to make. There are things that are so real, and [the sources] don’t give a s—t that you are making your little doc series for Hulu. They don’t care about the themes you want to explore. Things could get really dicey, and you realize that quickly.”

Although the overall tone drips with paranoia, there are still a few light-hearted moments, thanks largely to interviews with Sasquatch enthusiasts who range from true believers to scholars who think of the beast as an allegory. Rofé himself refuses to comment on whether he believes Sasquatch exists, but regardless of his opinion on the myth, the experience of filming the docuseries changed him in at least one significant way.

“I don’t ever want to go camping again,” he says.
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 4 weeks ago '13        #2
Phenom354 
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 4 weeks ago '04        #3
ddash 
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Weed farmers k*lled huh?

And the Sasquatch did it huh?
Ok
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 4 weeks ago '04        #4
franchise  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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imagine k*lling some fools and stealing their farm and then it gets blamed on sasquatch somehow and ur chillin high af
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 4 weeks ago '12        #5
The Consultant 
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They still on this dumb sh*t

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 4 weeks ago '20        #6
Ball Man 
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 4 weeks ago '12        #7
OldBusiness  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 franchise said
imagine k*lling some fools and stealing their farm and then it gets blamed on sasquatch somehow and ur chillin high af
Exactly

Ain't no damn sasquatch, just a bunch of terrible police work

You know how bad sh*t gotta be when the explanation for a mafu*ka gettin k*lled is "Bigfoot "


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 4 weeks ago '17        #8
Rule 336  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x13
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Could've sworn the loch ness and big foot myths were debunked at least a decade ago. Wasn't it just a guy in a suit?
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 4 weeks ago '12        #9
TrillSwag  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Hulu is dumb af for this.
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 4 weeks ago '15        #10
TAG81  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x10
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 4 weeks ago '15        #11
CALL AGAIN 
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Is that what this sh*t is about? I am glad as fu*k I didn’t waste minutes clicking on it.





Also i didn’t k*ll those people in my past it was bigfoot haha sh*t is jokes
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 4 weeks ago '16        #12
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 4 weeks ago '17        #13
baku  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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finna download this thru torrent and watch it when i spark up, perfect sh*t to watch when baked
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 4 weeks ago '20        #14
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 4 weeks ago '06        #15
Celsius 
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Call up The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and have them look into it

 4 weeks ago '06        #16
canal_boys  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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It was a bear
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 4 weeks ago '07        #17
ReArranged 
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This seems very similar to that murder Mountain doc on Netflix a while back. They never mentioned no Sasquatch though
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 4 weeks ago '18        #18
KdenIII 
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I wanna watch to see the ridiculous conclusions they come to.

"they were k*lled execution style, so we can a*sume big foot has guns and opposable thumbs."

 4 weeks ago '12        #19
ezduzit 
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 TrillSwag said
Hulu is dumb af for this.
How??
they know dumb a*ses will flock to this. Look at how America tuned into the fu*king tiger king like sheep

Seems smart to me
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 4 weeks ago '13        #20
SimpinAintEz 
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 4 weeks ago '04        #21
Fameus 
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Dont play on that mountain. Mahfu*kers don't want police until they need police and this is what you get.
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 4 weeks ago '06        #22
WhoSentU 
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 ReArranged said
This seems very similar to that murder Mountain doc on Netflix a while back. They never mentioned no Sasquatch though
Thanks, I was trying to remember where I watched something like this before.

Episode 1 is mainly about the event and 'Sasquatch', but Episode 2 is about the weed and violence in the Humboldt mountains.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #23
Pullbackchap 
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murder Mountain. Packs for the low with no reception.

You ready

 4 weeks ago '17        #24
PackerTrelli3  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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They never get videos of it running TOWARDS people, only AWAY from them

They never get GOOD QUALITY photos or videos. It’s always grainy, even when we have this dope technology

They only get pictures of “footprints” like “damn!!! We missed him!!!”


fu*k outta here lol

 4 weeks ago '15        #25
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