Bigfoot (1970)

BIGFOOT (1970)
Article #488 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 7-16-2002
Posting date: 12-9-2002

When a biker’s girlfriend is kidnapped by a sasquatch, he teams up with some traveling pedlars to rescue her.

This movie is quite bad. It’s badness may have even been intentional. It’s certainly gleefully so; when the woman strips out of her pilot’s outfit and she’s wearing a flimsy revealing negligee underneath, the movie doesn’t even attempt to explain; it makes no bones that it’s going for the cheesecake. It also doesn’t even bother to have anybody light the dynamite that causes the explosion in the final scene. Still, you can’t help but be a little impressed by a cast that includes Joi Lansing, John Carradine, Doodles Weaver, Chris Mitchum, Ken Maynard, and Lindsay Crosby. Half the soundtrack is made up of hillbilly music (the scenes with Carradine and John Mitchum); the other half consists of bongos (the scenes with the bikers). And, to top it all off, the movie is loaded with references to KING KONG that will leave you scratching your head; take special note of Carradine’s variation on the line “Twas beauty that killed the beast.” It’s got more than its share of dull, boring sequences, especially the endless scenes of the bikers tooling around, but I have to admit to finding this one a little irresistible. At least the movie doesn’t bother to try to argue that the creatures are real.

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