Saturday, November 16, 2013

1970s Bigfoot Movies

I remember my first introduction to Bigfoot.  A documentary came out in the early 70s and was shown at my local theater. I remember thinking, "there's someone hairy and wild in my woods?" I went out after the movie day and put on about 4 jackets, 3 pairs of pants, huge winter gloves, a football helmet and went into the woods to make contact (afraid he might bite me).

I had no encounter, but I did want to see more, so I saw upcoming popular Bigfoot films that were coming out right and left at the time. The 70s really brought Bigfoot home for people for the first time. We didn't have VCRs and rarely did they replay episodes of shows that might have displayed the Patterson-Gimlin film. I was way into the 70s before I saw that film taken in the latter half of the 60s and in my mind, it took place in Washington State (I had it in my head that is where they all were from documentaries). When I actually saw one in California in the mid 80s, I had a hard time assimilating it since I believed they didn't live there.

Interestingly, if you watch one of the 70s documentaries (besides being rather dorky), they often interview witnesses that we no longer talk about and you hear stories you never heard before in modern times. It's quite enlightening.  

The Legend of Boggy Creek: Documentary style and totally campy, but cult favorite nostalgic.

Mysterious Monsters:  Documentary with info that has been lost over time.

Snowbeast:  Ski resort, multiple big stars, and a yeti-like killer.

Bigfoot: Man or Beast? (documentary; the usual fellows - Rene Dahinden, John Green, Grover Krantz - a classic)

The Creature From Black Lake (lighthearted at times, scary at others, college boys search for swamp monster)

Bigfoot (1970) (Bigfoot kidnaps some women and bikers go to rescue them)

Manbeast, Myth or Monster (documentary about Bigfoot, Yeti, and other human-like creatures)

Bigfoot and Wild Boy (tv series - a wild boy raised as an orphan in the Northwest woods with Bigfoot)

Night of the Howling Beast (Waldemar, the renowned adventurer, joins an expedition to find the Yeti in the Himalayas. While hiking the mountains, he's captured by two cannibalistic demon nymphets guarding a remote Buddhist temple and becomes their sex-slave. They transform him into a werewolf setting him loose to roam the mountain where he encounters a sadistic bandit)

Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot (scientists mount an expedition to find Bigfoot)

Shriek of the Mutilated (a professor takes students to look for Yeti and they get killed off one by one)

The Legend of Bigfoot (Documentary, folksy, dragging, slow)

Curse of Bigfoot (tv movie - a teacher finds a mummy of a Bigfoot in cave and unwraps it and - oh no!)

The Capture of Bigfoot (when there are local killings, Bigfoot is blamed)

Blood Beast of Monster Mountain (pseudodocumentary of the most amateurish attempt)
This opening song from Blood Beast of Monster Mountain is a classic -

Giant of the 20th Century (they've found a yeti!)

Return to Boggy Creek  (Bigfoot rescues three kids during a hurricane)

Sasqua (hippies move into a rural abandoned farmhouse and Sasquatch isn't liking it)

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