Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot (1976)
Article 5572 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Ed Ragozzino
Featuring George Lauris, Steve Boergadine, Jim Bradford
What it is: Bigfoot movie
An expedition is launched in British Columbia to locate possible stomping grounds for the Sasquatch.
This movie apparently came under some criticism because it wasn’t a documentary, and that’s partially the fault of the movie itself; it sets itself up like one in the opening scenes. Because of that, I initially thought it was one, but some of the subsequent scenes dispelled that illusion for me, largely because the characters were portrayed in such a way that made me suspect that they were creations of a writer rather than real people; the colorful guide who talks to his mule certainly didn’t feel like a living, breathing person. This is not to say that the movie can’t be enjoyed somewhat without that illusion; there’s a fair amount of interesting nature footage, even if it’s not relevant to the plot. Still, had it been a documentary, it might have covered up the fact that this movie is, in essence, one long Double-Stuffed Safari-O; not much really happens until you get to the end of the movie, and even that section falls short of satisfying. All in all, it’s passable for a Bigfoot movie, but it’s useful to remember that the bar for Bigfoot movies is set pretty low.