When I first heard the title for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, I figured it was metaphorical; that that amazing phrase was being wasted on some twee bit of indie movie nonsense that would have no literal Hitler-killing or Bigfoots. Bigfeet? Whatever. Boy howdy, was I wrong! Robert D. Krzykowski’s upcoming film stars Sam Elliot as a fellow who literally killed Hitler and has now been enlisted in a hunt for the big furry guy. First, let’s take a look at the official synopsis.
Sam Elliott (TOMBSTONE, ROAD HOUSE) stars as a legendary World War II veteran who many years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler – an incredible secret that he’s frustratingly unable to share with the world. One day, just as he’s coming to terms with rounding out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They need him to take out Bigfoot. This wondrous feature debut from writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski features visual effects by celebrated two-time Academy Award Winner Douglas Trumbull (2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, BLADE RUNNER), who also co-produced alongside the great John Sayles (EIGHT MEN OUT) and Lucky McKee (THE WOMAN). A fantastical discourse on the melancholia of old age and a singular blast of entertaining wit, THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT also stars Aidan Turner (THE HOBBIT trilogy), Caitlin FitzGerald (Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”), and Ron Livingston (OFFICE SPACE).
Okay, beyond the cast and the awesomely ridiculous premise, there are two things that have me pumped. Or rather two people. The first is John Sayles, a filmmaker better known for his more prestigious work, but who has some old school genre film cred. The man wrote the original Piranha, The Howling, and Battle Beyond the Stars, after all. Then there’s Douglas Trumbull, the groundbreaking visual effects legend. I honestly had no idea he was still working, and the fact that he’s working on this in particular is intriguing to me. I don’t associate him with creature effects, so I’m curious as to what his role will be in a film where the most obvious special effect would be Bigfoot.
But enough with my rambling. Let’s take a look at the poster for this beast.
I’m digging it. Sort of. Get rid of the audacious title, the footprint, and the swastika1 and you’re left with a rather traditional poster. Floating heads, et cetera, but redeemed by a painterly retro style. Mostly it leaves me wondering what tone the film is going to strike. The style here and the portentous tagline suggest something that is not over-the-top goofy. What are y’all’s thoughts?
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot will be premiering at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival next month. Here’s hoping it gets out to the rest of the world sooner rather than later.