Foot Notes

We’ve all got them, right? – those relatives you’d rather not acknowledge – that uncle who embarrasses you at every birthday party – those cousins you don’t invite to the family reunions (but who show up anyway)? And even if we did want to ignore their existence, film-makers all around the world have spent decades making certain that we can’t. So join us as we call a truce on the Darwinian name-calling, and give our big hairy brothers a hug.

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And You Call Yourself A Scientist! Snowbeast (1977) There are few things I enjoy more than a really odd Jaws rip-off; and one of the oddest of all is Snowbeast, which packs up all of our beloved cliches and transports them to a ski resort in Colorado.
And You Call Yourself A Scientist! Half Human (1958) Ju Jin Yuki Otoko is not commercially available in Japan, but Half Human is. We can only shake our heads over why this might be so. Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that while Ju Jin Yuki Otoko insults only the burakumin, Half Human manages to insult everyone equally.
Badmovies.org Bigfoot (1970) Joi either bails out or is thrown clear as the plane plummets to Earth (actually, it might have simply disintegrated in mid-air). Luckily, the pilot turned skydiver is wearing a jumpsuit and a parachute. She makes it safely to the ground. While Joi is stripping off her jumpsuit, Bigfoot happens to come strolling by.
Braineater Creature from Black Lake (1976) I’m not sure why Pahoo and Rives are anxious to track the only Bigfoot in the world that’s reported to have killed somebody… but after all, this is a horror movie.
Braineater Jūjin yuki otoko (1955) In another bitter twist of fate, [Jūjin yuki otoko] is among the hardest-to-find of all Japanese special effects films, especially in Japan. Ōhashi’s triumph as designer and performer is every bit as obscure in his native country as it is to the average kaijūphile abroad, because the movie has been banned.
Cold Fusion Video Reviews The Capture of Bigfoot (1979) These Bigfoots are a lot more rotund than what you see in the Patterson footage; it looks like the costume designer allowed for the performers to wear their down parkas beneath the fur. And, of course, they’re white. Grr.
Jabootu’s Bad Movie Dimension Curse of Bigfoot (1978) And so, finally, we get to the moment of the film where you will either fall in love with it, or begin to hate it with a burning passion, or both. For you see, the entire half hour of stuff covered in the first half of this review was merely filler material, added to pad out another, hour-long picture made fifteen to twenty years earlier. This, perhaps, constitutes the titular ‘Curse of Bigfoot,’ since frankly there really isn’t another in evidence.
1000 Misspent Hours and Counting Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century (1977) We all know how much effort the Italian movie industry devoted to cheap copies of Hollywood blockbusters back in the day, but Yeti proves that even a towering flop might be deemed suitable for duplication, provided that the flop in question looked like it should have raked in kiloscads of cash at the box office. For although this movie’s title ties it to the era’s worldwide resurgence of bigfoot/abominable snowman mania, Yeti actually pilfers most of its plot from the Dino De Laurentiis King Kong. It is, with everything this implies, the nearest European equivalent to The Mighty Peking Man.
The Unknown Movies The Missing Link (1988) I can understand why legends of the Yeti and Sasquatch have popped up, though I don’t believe those creatures exist – I think we would have found solid evidence by now if they did. I do believe in the possibility of a missing link, however.
Teleport City The Werewolf and The Yeti (1975) I can understand why legends of the Yeti and Sasquatch have popped up, though I don’t believe those creatures exist – I think we would have found solid evidence by now if they did. I do believe in the possibility of a missing link, however.
Teleport City The Abominable Snowman (1957) One of the oft cited complaints about this film is that The Abominable Snowman doesn’t get much of a look in during the film, and that is very true. Director, Val Guest has said that makeup and costumes at that time were not really up to the task of creating an effective and frightening looking monster.


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