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Jimmy Tupper vs. the Goatman of Bowie

Pic parodies mock-doc horror pics while carving out its own distinct identity.

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With: Andrew Bowser, Mike Eller, Pedro Gonzalez, Chris Jones, Brittany Latorre, Rose Rodkey, Tim Kuczka, Luke Adomanis.

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.

Jimmy Tupper vs. the Goatman of Bowie

Production: A One Small Instrument Pictures production. Produced by Gary Coby, Tim Kuczka, Andrew Bowser. Directed, written, edited by Andrew Bowser.

Crew: Camera (color, mini-DV-to-HD), David Larkins; music, Andrew Marsh. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, July 3, 2010. (In SXSW, Another Hole in the Head film festivals.) Running time: 70 MIN.

With: With: Andrew Bowser, Mike Eller, Pedro Gonzalez, Chris Jones, Brittany Latorre, Rose Rodkey, Tim Kuczka, Luke Adomanis.

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