Starring its first-time writer-director, Andrew Bowser, as a young wastoid who sights a mythic regional beastie, sustained shaggy-dog joke “Jimmy Tupper vs. the Goatman of Bowie” parodies mock-doc horror pics such as “The Blair Witch Project” while carving out its own distinct identity. Brisk, funny pic won’t be a theatrical player but could gain enough traction via fest and DVD to spawn a series — particularly as the final moments posit it as a mere teaser for sequels really bringing the goatman goods.
Seldom sober Starbucks employee Jimmy (Bowser) is left passed out in the local woods by pranking friends. Twenty-four hours later, they find him bruised and hysterical, claiming an attack by something “not human.” This is laughed off, prompting a solo camp-out — supplies consisting of tent, toilet paper and Taco Bell — to prove the local “goatman” legend is real. Bowser is endearing, though not especially good at playing drunk; if only he had the comic chops Anna Faris brought to chronic-stoner stupefaction in “Smiley Face.” (He does, however, pull off a sauced climactic monologue with some panache.) No-budgeter’s late switch from raw handheld vid-lensing to higher polish works nicely.