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THE FIANCÉ (2016): Review…”Buck up, Bucko”

Sometimes trailers and synopses can be deceiving. As a horror fan and creature feature fan, I was excited about this film after viewing the trailer. It looked like an action-packed, funny take on the bigfoot creature in all its glory.

However, watching the film I was left laughing hysterically — not at the humor IN the film, but how this was not  a bigfoot film, though marketed as so.  There is no “Fiancé” in the film, and the acting is soooo  bad.

What do you do when your girlfriend (that you planned to ask to marry you) turns into a half beast of some sort and knocks your teeth out? You wouldn’t call the police? No? You’d head to the bathroom and take some aspirin, right? Or after she attacks you again, biting your finger’s off (that you can totally tell the actor was just bending them down, and not very well), you go to the bathroom and take some more  aspirin, of course. But what if she bites your big toe half off later in the evening?  You’d surely call the police then right? No? You’d go back into the bathroom, cut it totally off with some scissors and take some more aspirin, that’s right. Wait — surely if she chewed your penis  off you’d call the police right? YES!! — but not before going to the bathroom and taking some aspirin.

This is marketed as a bigfoot film, though there is some very hokey footage of people being interviewed about bigfoot sightings, but I have never, and maybe I’m not up to par on bigfoot mthos, heard of bigfoot biting someone and them turning into a bigfoot creature as well. I swear  that’s a werewolf, but what do I know?

We finally see bigfoot at the end, again a laugh-out-loud moment, with the creature design that consists of poorly glued hair, a hard chest plate, like he’s a gladiator, and some paint makeup on his face — oh, and some vampire teeth.

Then there is a subplot of the main character going to work for his girlfriend’s dad, who is part of the Russian mob.  However, this character’s comedic ADR (voice-over) is gut-wrenchingly laughable. Obviously the original actor couldn’t pull off the accent so they dubbed his voice (and dubbed it very badly); audio mix is important guys.

Anyway what else can I say? Oh, it does have the lovely Carrie Keagan, who is the best and most talented actor of the entire cast, but you only get to see her briefly until she starts over-acting the shit out of being a creature. I was embarrassed for her as I watched her transform into this laughable, over-acted entity that does this horrible dance at one point. If that dance was there for a reason, like to show how some of her humanity is left, it failed and failed badly, which is on point with the rest of the film. If you want to check this film out have at it. It is pretty funny in a “what the hell am I watching” way. Other than that, I suffered through it so you don’t have to… you’re welcome!


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Chad Armstrong

President/Co-Owner at LC Films
Chad Armstrong is a writer/producer/director who was born and raised in Long Beach CA. In 2009 he relocated to Alabama where he founded LeglessCorpse, a site dedicated to independent horror films, and soon after created the indie horror distribution company LeglessCorpse Films (currently known as LC Films). Not only is he co-owner of and LC Films he is also President of the newly formed Back Aisle Video label. Chad's most recent feature film is Deimosimine, and currently in development on the feature film Blood Dancers 2: Full Moon.