According to Chinook Jargon (an old trade language used in the Pacific Northwest), a “skookum” is a variety of mountain giant or monster, similar to the Sasquatch or Bigfoot. It is also the title of a promising looking creature-feature which is planned for release in December of this year. Skookum, the movie, is headed up by first-time director Rob Gaudet, a long-time Louisiana Bigfoot researcher who has worked on indie films such as Dangerous Proposition and Favorite Son. It also features acting skills and expert input from Dr. Jeff Meldrum, a name surely familiar to anyone who’s seen MonsterQuest or any number of the Bigfoot documentaries circulating on cable television these days.
As you can guess, the story centers around a Sasquatch creature. The official synopsis reads:
Megan Rock, a college student, vanishes during a Bigfoot research trip to North Louisiana. Her sister, national anchorwoman Anna Rock, arrives in town only to find her frustrated by stories of monsters and local legends. Before long she enlists the help of Gator, a local outdoorsman, and family friend, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, a nationally recognized authority on Bigfoot. Together, they discover that the mystery of Megan’s disappearance runs deeper than Anna could have ever imagined.
The movie is currently in production and Gaudet has just released a teaser trailer, which can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZId2LFeJrnE
So far, so good. Let’s hope the real-life Sasquatch research experience of Gaudet and Meldrum will translate into an accurate, yet still entertaining movie about everyone’s favorite mystery monster!
More info: http://skookumthemovie.com