For many young people, it is the bigfoot fiction seen on television and movies that brings them into an interest in bigfoot. From Legend of Boggy Creek to Harry and the Hendersons, people from all walks of life love to see our giant hairy friends depicted in stories. Below are some of my favorites.
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It was hard to decide whether to put this film in the documentary section, or the fiction section, since it’s more of a docudrama than anything. I decided to put it on both lists just to be safe. This classic film details the strange encounters happening around Fouke, AR back in the early 1970’s, and features many reenactments of those encounters. It is totally cheezy and kind of poorly done, but many of the actors in the film are the real witnesses that experienced the encounters. But again, these are real encounters spun into a narrative. There is also an excellent book detailing the events in the movie written by Lyle Blackburn called The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster. It is a must-read for any fan of this classic film.
Another stinker from close to my heart, this film has all the schlock and drama expected of a low-budget thriller. As an added bonus, one of my favorite actors, Jack Elam, is featured throughout as a grizzly swamp guy. This film is of such cultural importance in the bigfoot world that Finding Bigfoot featured it in on of our episodes while doing investigations from the Caddo Lake area.
Harry and the Hendersons is probably the quintessential fictional bigfoot movie. John Lithgow protrays a father of a family who accidentally end up temporarily “adopting” a bigfoot into their home. They race to return the sasquatch to its natural enviroment before bigfoot researchers with bad intentions get their hands on the creature. The movie is light-hearted and definitely a family favorite. My favorite scene is the very last one when they release the sasquatch to wilds again because it’s an excellent example of why I think bigfoots can remain so elusive.
By far one of my favorite bigfoot fiction movies, this classic by Bobcat Goldthwait is a “found footage” genre movie about two bigfooters traveling to Bluff Creek to find the Patterson/Gimlin Filmsite. Along they way they encounter tales of the creature, frightening locations, and quirky individuals, including real bigfooters Tom Yamarone and Steven Streufert. The movie features a 16-minute, unedited scene that is the best I’ve seen to replicate what it’s like to be in a tent when bigfoots are around. As an additional plus to buying this DVD, I am featured in the “extra features” in a scene not included in the final cut of the film.
As you might be able to tell, I’m a big fan of lousy horror movies that are outdated in technology and special effects. This is one of the best/worst I’ve seen. It has everything I love in a crappy movie: bad costumes, bad effects, bad music. If you’re a fan of stuff like this too, it’s a must-have.
A touching tale of a boy and a bigfoot. Basically, a boy gets lost and a bigfoot helps him out. Then all sorts of interests are after the bigfoot, and the boy must then help out the bigfoot. What I like most about this one is not only the cover of the DVD, but the fact that this same costume is still occasionally used for bigfoot hoaxes.
This movie follows the tale of a family that starts having encounters with a “hairy man” back in the 1960’s. They don’t know what it is, nor do they know if they are in danger, so the man of the house intends to protect their family from this beast. The end has a nice twist, and it’s more or less accurate as to what might be expected in such a situation. A good bigfoot movie from the modern era that will be good to watch as a family.
An old plot with a bigfoot twist, Exists is a foray into bigfoot horror by Eduardo Sanchez, creator of The Blair Witch Project. The plot is basically that kids go camping, hit a bigfoot with their car thus making it angry, and the creature wreaks revenge on the teenagers. Well done, to be sure, but nothing really ground-breaking. If you like the horror genre in general, you’ll love this.
A plane crashes in the woods and a man (Lance Henriksen) goes in search for survivors. Little does he know that the plane crash killed a bigfoot when it hit the ground, and now the other bigfoot goes on a killing rampage against the humans in the area.
A good bigfoot fiction film that finally doesn’t follow the same tired plot lines that have been around for decades. This is the tale of a forest service worker that slowly comes to the realization that sasquatches are real and are of no threat. Along the way there is a government conspiracy and some “forest people” sort of intimations. The sasquatches seen in the film are probably the best I’ve seen in both appearance and behavior.
Ben and Annie, a couple from Chicago, to back to North Carolina where Annie grew up. They end up going on a camping trip with old friends, one of which has ulterior motives. A bigfoot gets involved, people die, and drama ensues. A bit different from the usual story line, but not that different. I do like the looks of the bigfoot, though. Not bad at all.