Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Curse of Bigfoot (1978)

Now that my weekend at the New Jersey Zombie Walk and Undead Festival are done and I started reading the awesome book Silent Invasion by Stan Gordon that my mom picked up for me about the 1970s UFO/Bigfoot Flap in South Western Pennsylvania, I decided to do some Bigfoot watching of my own. Of course, here in New Jersey, it is mostly Jersey Devil hunting (although, that owl last night was pretty creepy here at the office). My selection is the 1978 (or 1858, I am so confused) campy entry The Curse of Bigfoot  from the Pure Terror Collection.  

Plot/ A group of high school students on an archaeological dig discover a century’s old mummified body in a sealed cave. Removing the mummy, it soon comes back to life, revealing itself to be an inhuman beast that terrorizes a small California town.

Incredibly, this made for television Bigfoot flick from the 1970s took almost 20 years to make. Really, this campy and entertaining stinkfest started out originally as the flick, Teenagers Battle the Thing in 1959 before morphing into this mess. Honestly, they should have left the footage alone instead of using it as a crazy flashback. Perfect for the vintage afternoon creature feature scene, this film is just BAD.  The acting is poor, the soundtrack does not match the scenes and the costuming creates probably the worst Bigfoot I have ever seen. Couple that with an unbelievable premise and some poor dialogue and you have the idea; bad, bad, bad. But, to be honest, all of that actually makes an entertaining flick (albeit for all the wrong reasons). If you are a fan of drive-in classics, creature features, camp or horror host specials this movie is definitely for you! All others stay far away!

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