What impressed me most about this Austin, Texas shot independent movie is that it looks and feels exactly like a 70's horror flick, which is very cool. And, as it's co-produced by Kim Henkel (who also has a small part in the film), it also fits thematically with the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MOVIE.
The premise of WILD MAN is that a bigfoot-like creature is living in the wilds of Texas. It starts attacking people when a landowner, Dale S. Rogers, opens up his property to deer hunters during hunting season and one of those hunters shoots it. This, of course, pisses it off and bloody carnage ensues.
The script is based on journals acquired by real-life Dale S. Rogers, who kept a journal about the creature and it's a local legend that can be tied back to a 1856 newspaper article. So that's why the film is 'based on actual events'.
The special effects are old time mostly real animal guts, which gives it some uncomfortable realism. Although the acting is uneven, ranging from real actors such as Justin Meeks to the numerous non-actors, it fits the nature of the movie, giving more of a docu-drama feel to the production.
Co-written/Co-directed by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks.
Read the recent interview with director Duane Graves in the interview section of buried.com.