Pittsburgh Dad doesn’t like the cold.
Well, that’s not entirely true. Pittsburgh Dad’s cold-weather comfort level might not be a matter of public record.
But Curt Wootton, the actor who plays Pittsburgh Dad on the eponymous YouTube comedy series, doesn’t like the cold.
And on Saturday night at Evergreen Drive-in just outside Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, it was cold. The weather conditions Saturday night forced Wootton to sign “Bigfoot: The Movie The Sequel” DVDs while wearing gloves.
The temperature was, in early May, an unseasonably chilly 50 degrees as twilight faded behind the east-facing movie screen, heading into the low 40s before the second feature – “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ”- began.
Wootton – who grew up nearby in the Greensburg area – had made the trip to Evergreen to promote not the popular “Pittsburgh Dad” web series, but his role as “Chuck” in “Bigfoot: The Movie The Sequel, released earlier this month.
As advertised, “Bigfoot: The Movie The Sequel” is a follow-up to 2017’s “Bigfoot: The Movie,” which, like the sequel, was filmed – and set – in and around Ellwood City.
The horror-comedy movie franchise centers on three drunk but loveable losers, played by Wootton, Show and Nate Magill.
Wootton’s character, the mullet-wearing Chuck, sounds like Pittsburgh Dad, but that’s where the similarities end. During filming for the first movie, he said, “Pittsburgh Dad would hate Chuck.”
In the first movie – which featured cameo roles by former WDVE morning host Jim Krenn and ex-Pittsburgh TV anchor Darieth Chisolm – the power trio stumbles onto a conspiracy involving a politician who wants to open a crypto-zoo, only to find that his Sasquatch has escaped and is mauling the townsfolk.
In a spoiler from the first movie – no complaining; you’ve had five years to see it yourself – the power trio vanquishes the rogue Bigfoot with a Rambo-style explosive-tipped arrow, which inconveniently obliterates the creature, leaving no proof of its existence and no evidence of our heroes’ exploits.
The new movie features a yeti, rampaging at a ski resort, with scenes shot at Seven Springs and Hidden Valley resorts in Fayette County. And there’s no spoiler there – the words “Yeti or not …” are right there on the DVD cover.
As far as a review goes, let’s just say that “Dr. Strange’s “production values are more elaborate and its CGI is considerably more extensive.
And expensive – “They probably spent as much money on ice as we spent on the entire movie,” Show said of the “Dr. Strange ”expenditures.
But “Bigfoot: The Movie The Sequel” has its own unique charms.
The creature attacks feature some impressive fake-blood spurts and there is an amusing low-speed chase scene where the yeti pursues Chuck in a golf cart.
There’s also Wootton’s on-target comic timing, which carries over from “Pittsburgh Dad” and Show’s Homer Simpson-esque angry-man reactions.
And, at least for Lawrence County residents, there’s the added bonus of seeing some familiar sights on the screen – our house is shown in background shots from both movies.
During filming of the first movie, I asked Wootton if it would be the kind of presentation that would have been on “Chiller Theater,” the Pittsburgh-based showcase for campy horror movies hosted by Farrell native Bill Cardille.
Wootton said he was too young to remember “Chiller Theater.”
Wow. Way to make me feel old, Pittsburgh Dad.
Eric Poole is editor of The Herald. Send him news tips, complaints or movie recommendations by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (724) 981-6100, extension 247, or (724) 854-5266.