Review: 'Jack Osbourne's Night of Terror: Bigfoot'

Post by: Rick Ellis 26 June, 2022

Bigfoot is the Knights Templar of the animal kingdom. Hundreds of hours of television has been expended on both subjects and so far there hasn't been much progress in discovering anything new.

Yet that doesn't stop people from continuing to plow over the same ground on a regular basis and on Sunday, Jack Osbourne tries his hand at unsuccessfully tracking down Bigfoot in a two-hour special that has more filler in it than a 99-cent convenience store burrito.

Jack Osbourne's Night of Terror: Bigfoot does indeed include Jack Osbourne, although I don't think I'm spoiling anything when I report that Bigfoot does not make an appearance. For that matter, "Night of Terror" isn't very accurate either, unless you're the type of person who is scared by sight of Jack Osbourne and Jason Mewes pretending to conduct a search for the one creature in the forest with less scientific acumen than they possess.

Nearly all Bigfoot-adjacent television programs follow a certain creative trajectory and Jack Osbourne's Night of Terror: Bigfoot mostly stays in that familiar lane. There's a trip to some secluded woodland where there have been rumored sightings of the Big Guy (or Gal). The searchers meet up with some sort of a "scientist," who talk a bit about the scientific reasons why such a large creature could have remained hidden for so many years.

In this case, the scientist is primatologist Dr. Mireya Mayor, who walks our duo through some of the things to watch for during their search. She also provides them with some instruments that are favored by Bigfoot hunters, including a box that emits what is thought to be a Bigfoot call. Although this special doesn't mention it, Mayor isn't a stranger to Bigfoot hunts, since she's also one of the group conducting their own search on the long-running series Expedition Bigfoot.

There are always interviews with local who have had supposed encounters or sightings of Bigfoot and while the show has those as well, the interviews take place in a nearby bar and everyone involved just seems to have a level of interest in the exercise that can best be described as "waiting to cash a check."

And of course, there are the nights that Osbourne and Mewes spend camping outside as they search for Bigfoot. Although to be honest, most of the "searching" is not much more than pitching a tent, making a couple of Bigfoot sounds and hoping one of the creatures pops by to say hello or borrow a cup of sugar.

I'm not going to give away the ultimate resolution of all of this, other than to say that this is a long two-hours of television (assuming you're watching with commercials). Obviously, anyone who decides to watch this ahead of time probably knows what they're getting into. But unless you're a Bigfoot TV show completist or some sort of odd Jack Osbourne or Jason Mewes superfan, I can't imagine why you'd bother.

Jack Osbourne's Night of Terror: Bigfoot premieres Sunday, June 26th, 2022 on Discovery+.

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