Strange Wilderness follows the production company of an obnoxious animal series staring Peter Gaulke (an embarrassing role for Steve Zahn) as the star of a 3 AM time slot show. The script belongs at three in the morning where no one will have a chance to watch.
Usually I attempt to ignore the worst films of the year, it may be enjoyable to trash films but praise has more value. Candidly Strange Wilderness even though it's early in 2008 probably will be the worst film of the year.
How the cast was convinced to work in this disaster is a mystery; I suspect it was easy money, no other reason is apparent.
What passes for a joke is a half dozen blonds dancing with only grass skirts as native dancers, because the true native girls were not good looking. While Ernest Borgnine's Milas advises on how to save the program, Joe Don Baker's Bill Calhoun brings clues as to the location of Big Foot. Cheryl (Ashley Scott) joins the group and just as the group looks to pick up a thousand dollars to keep going. They add water to the crank case to thin out the oil, I guess that is as comical as it is stupid. Stolen gas from a dentist has the cast laughing but not us. As the script removes clothing from women at every turn, we are dragged down to watch a turkey latching on to Zahn's private parts in a scene that lasts nearly five minutes.
Back on the show we hear statements like "monkeys make up 80% of all monkeys in the world." Gus Hayden (Robert Patrick) sits around a file place to show his scars as the heroes in Jaws did, that's played for a laugh but fails. Harry Hamlin as Sky Pierson plays the bad guy who attempts to get to the treasure and loses half of his existence and the dumb group destroys Big Foot as soon as they find him, rendering the find useless.
The adolescent humor filled with yelling and screaming is not comedy, and Strange Wilderness is not even a film.