Curse of Bigfoot (1978)

Article 2920 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-6-2009
Posting Date: 8-11-2009
Directed by Don Fields
Featuring Bob Clymire, Jan Swihart, Bill Simonsen
Country: USA

A teacher recounts his encounter with a monster to his students.

I first encountered this movie in an unusual way. One day I was browsing in a local video store, and spotted a VHS tape advertising a lost film of the fifties called TEENAGERS BATTLE THE THING. The blurbs proudly announced that it was from the producer of PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, and, for the record, the producer listed on the credits was indeed one of the producers of the Ed Wood classic. I was intrigued; here was an obscurity that I’d never heard of. So I bought the tape.

The movie was a snoozefest of the first order, but I was still fascinated by its obscurity. No listing of it existed on IMDB at that time, so I looked up individual credits. I eventually discovered that the director of the movie, Don Fields, did have a credit on IMDB for a movie called CURSE OF BIGFOOT. Curious, I found a site that offered the movie, and bought a copy.

Upon receiving it, I watched the movie. Some of the earlier footage looked a bit familiar, but I didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until thirty minutes in the movie where the sense of deja vu really hit; the last two-thirds of CURSE OF BIGFOOT consists of the movie TEENAGERS BATTLE THE THING in its entirety, with one difference; whereas the footage of the earlier movie had been in black-and-white, the footage in this one was in color. I still wonder about the history of the original movie, and whether it ever had an official release as such.

As for the movie itself, CURSE OF BIGFOOT is in the running for the worst Bigfoot movie ever. It opens with a woman being stalked by a monster, which turns out to be footage from some unnamed (but very bad) movie being shown to a class of students who seem to be studying monsters (why didn’t they ever offer that class in my school?). The teacher then tells them about Bigfoot and recounts stories of earlier encounters with them. Then a guest teacher shows up and tells them about his encounter with Bigfoot, which consists of the footage of TEENAGERS BATTLE THE THING. The problem is… the monster in that movie was an ancient Indian mummy, not Bigfoot.

So how’s the more recent version reviewed here? It’s still a snoozefest, but at least there’s a bit of campiness to be had in the new footage. Otherwise, it’s a complete waste of time, and features a monster costume so bad Larry Buchanan would be embarrassed to use it.

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