Bigfoot (1970 film)

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Bigfoot
Bigfoot1970.jpg
Movie poster
Directed by Robert F. Slatzer
Produced by Anthony Cardoza
Written by Robert F. Slatzer
Starring John Carradine
John Mitchum
Christopher Mitchum
Music by Richard A. Podolor
Cinematography Wilson S. Hong
Edited by Hugo Grimaldi
Bud Hoffman
Release dates 1970
Running time 84 minutes
Language English

Bigfoot is a 1970 independently made low budget horror science fiction film produced by Anthony Cardoza and directed by Robert F. Slatzer, which stars a few well-known actors (and family namesakes) in the cast: John Carradine, Chris Mitchum, Joi Lansing, Doodles Weaver, and Lindsay Crosby.

Beautiful women have been captured by the legendary Bigfoot. Two groups are trying to track down the elusive creature and rescue the women. The first also wants to capture the gigantic "King of the Woods" alive for public exhibition and profit. The second, made up of "Cool" college students, riding cheap imported motorcycles, only want to rescue the captured women. The unlikely heroes turn out to be a hardy, gun-toting old mountain-man, who had previously lost one of his arms during a previous encounter with the elusive hairy creature (oddly, this encounter is never dramatized in flashback) and one of the dynamite-armed bikers. The old mountain man's wife, an Indian squaw, prophesies "bad medicine" just before the final man-vs.-Bigfoot showdown happens.

Plot[edit]

Fast-talking Jasper B. Hawks (John Carradine) drives through a forest with his idiot sidekick, Elmer Briggs (John Mitchum), while big-breasted platinum blonde Joi Landis (Joi Lansing) flies a small plane over the same area. Joi’s engine conks out, so she parachutes to safety. Safely on the ground, sporting perfect hair and makeup, she strips out of her flight suit into a tight mini-dress and then screams because Bigfoot has emerged from the woods to attack her.

Laconic biker Rick (Christopher Mitchum) rolls into the woods with his curvaceous girlfriend, Chris (Judy Jordan), who for no good reason is wearing a bikini and sporting perfect hair and makeup. She stumbles onto a Bigfoot burial ground, and then screams because Bigfoot has emerged from the woods to attack her, too; smooth-skinned white women make Bigfoot’s blood boil.

A skeptical sheriff's department and the ranger's station are notified of the womens' disappearance, but to no avail, with respect to the authorities actually making a search for the missing women. Biker Rick seeks help, but only Jasper believes his story; Jasper offers aid because he plans to capture a Bigfoot for freak-show exhibition.

Meanwhile, Peggy (Joy Wilkerson), also wearing a tight bikini and sporting perfect hair and makeup, wakes up tied to a tree beside Joi, also still sporting perfect hair and makeup. They’re being watched by three Bigfoot creatures, so Joi and Peggy scream some more.

Jasper, Elmer, and Rick trek through the woods, bickering all the way, until they reach the Bigfoot lair. Before long, more people get tied to stakes, more people scream, and Rick’s gang of hog-riding biker buddies arrives for a big brawl with a bunch of the Bigfoot creatures.

The creatures, it turns out, who’ve been guarding the women are just the hairy brides/sisters/whatever of the real Bigfoot, a huge male. He shows up and goes on a rampage (see movie poster above) until finally being defeated. Through it all, the women captives, now rescued, continue to sport perfect hair and makeup.

Cast[edit]

  • John Carradine as Jasper B. Hawks
  • Joi Lansing as Joi Landis
  • Judy Jordan as Chris
  • John Mitchum as Elmer Briggs
  • James Craig as Cyrus
  • Christopher Mitchum as Rick
  • Joy Wilkerson as Peggy
  • Lindsay Crosby as "Wheels"
  • Ken Maynard as Mr. Bennett
  • Dorothy Keller as Nellie Bennett
  • Doodles Weaver as Forest Ranger
  • Noble 'Kid' Chissel as Hardrock
  • Nick Raymond as the Slim/Evil Creature
  • Del 'Sonny' West as Mike
  • Walt Zachrich as Deputy Hank
  • Ray Cantrell as Dum Dum
  • Suzy Crosby as Suzy
  • Lois Red Elk as Falling Star
  • Jennifer Bishop as Bobbi (as Jenifer Bishop)
  • Walt Swanner as Henry
  • Billy Record as Billy
  • Carolyn Gilbert as Mrs. Cummings
  • Holly Kamen as Cyclist
  • Sonny Incontro as Omaha
  • Kathy Andrews as Kathy
  • Haji as Haji
  • Jim Oliphant as 2nd Ranger
  • Eric Tomlin as 3rd Ranger
  • Denise Gilbert as Child in Store
  • Kim Cardoza as Kim
  • Charles Harter as Chuck
  • William Bonner as Lucky (as Bill Bonner)
  • Diane Hardin as Sally
  • Anthony Cardoza as Fisherman (as Tony Cardoza)
  • Louis Lane as Observer
  • Kenny Marlowe as Little Boy
  • Jerry Maren as Baby Creature
  • Gloria Hill as Female Creature
  • Nancy Hunter as Female Creature
  • A'leisha Brevard as Female Creature (as A'Leshia Lea)
  • James Stellar as Bigfoot

Production[edit]

Portions of the movie were shot in mountain wilderness locations. Some or all of the outdoor scenes may have been shot near Red Bluff in Northern California; the character Joi Landis (Joi Lansing) is piloting the junky-looking airplane when she calls "Red Bluff Radio" during the distress transmission scene. Red Bluff in Tehama County, CA is a mountainous wilderness where some Sasquatch sightings have been reported over the years.

This no-budget oddity attempts to transform everyone’s favorite Pacific Northwest man-beast into an old-fashioned movie monster, ala King Kong (as a quote on the original movie poster trumpets).

Bigfoot combines a doofus storyline with shoddy production values and terrible acting in an arresting, fever dream sort of way, becoming the very definition of a cult film.

Actor John Carradine’s character, Jasper B. Hawks, is supposed to be a formidable mountain man/big-game hunter, but he’s clearly an arthritic, somewhat emaciated senior citizen oddly dressed in a regular suit and tie. Actor Christopher Mitchum, the son of screen legend Robert Mitchum, is supposed to be a rough and tumble tough-guy biker, but he’s really a passive nebbish who politely refers to Carradine’s character as "Mr. Hawks."

Screen beauties Joi Lansing and Judy Jordan are so outrageously curvy and so nonsensically under-dressed throughout the movie that their scenes feel as if they were guest-directed by '60s "sexploitation" film auteur Russ Meyer.

The movie toggles back and forth between real outside location shots with the principal actors, and at the very same time cutting to cheesy, non-matching sound stage shots of the same cast; the result is a movie that appears to drift in and out of reality.

Bigfoot creatures get more screen time than in virtually any other 1970s Sasquatch movie, which is not good because their prolonged screen exposure only highlights the obvious bad costumes used.

Upbeat honky-tonk music plays over suspense scenes; incongruous surfer-music is heard whenever the bikers are driving around.

A female Bigfoot is shown wrestling a bear for no apparent reason.

References[edit]

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Hulsey, Ken. "Cryptomundo: Bigfoot Pummels Both Peter Graves And Mr Lobo". WordPress.

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