Thursday, January 23, 2014

Reviews: The Legacy of Boggy Creek/Half-Human/Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter/Bigfoot (1987)

Review: The Legacy of Boggy Creek (2011)

Really awful, in all aspects

This unfortunate excuse of a movie,clocking in at just over 68 minutes, purports to tell the continuing story of the Fouke Monster since 1972, extending into midwestern states like Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa. It tells several fictional tales, mostly of aggression from the creature and some people being killed or injured, with one of the worst suits I have ever seen. I can't decide if this is supposed to be parody or what, but it is pretty bad. On my famous scale of 1-10, this one gets a 1 1/2, and that is only because I am feeling generous.

Review: Half-Human (Japanese Version, 1955)

Really good, and inspired Loren Coleman's lifelong quest for answers in Cryptozoology

This movie, made by the same studio that brought us Godzilla and completely in Japanese with no English Subtitles, is really a good story which is fairly easy to follow. It follows a group of Japanese adventurers in what is presumably the Himalayas where they go skiing, but get involved with what appear to be a series of unusual attacks by a large creature. They eventually encounter this being, a large Yeti, which has an offspring as well. There is also a village with a group of people who are all engaging in inbreeding and have a violent patriarch who apparently likes to beat women. Not exactly family fun and enterainment, but it is not too bad a movie other than that aspect. The villagers and the adventurers run across the two Yetis and chaos ensues. I will not give away too much more, but it is actually a very interesting movie, if a bit on the strange side. Pretty good suit too for 1955. I give this one an 8 1/2 out of 10.

Review: Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter (1995)

Not too bad, could be better

This movie stars Home Improvement Oldest Kid Zachary Ty Bryan as Cody, a young man who seems to like adventure and getting into trouble; David Rasche (Sledgehammer!) as a rich industrialist who wants a dead Bigfoot at all costs to put on display; Matt McCoy (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Abominable, Seinfeld) as a Park Ranger determined to do his job and do it well, as well as trying to protect the Bigfoot; Crystal Chappell (Days of Our Lives) as a professor wanting to put her name in the history books with a Bigfoot capture and Rance Howard (Sasquatch Mountain, The Andy Griffith Show) as a local determined to help out the Ranger with anything needed to help out the Bigfoot. The Bigfoot costume in this is pretty good, and is the one used on some of the recreations on Finding Bigfoot. The basic story is a professor and a rich industrialist each have plans for the capture of a Sasquatch, and the young man runs across the creature after it saves his life from a bear trap and a hungry grizzly. After a member of a hunting party goes missing, the rangers search for him and for Cody, and find...well, I will not spoil it for you. I enjoyed this movie, but the plot was a bit thin. About a 7 out of 10.

Review: Bigfoot (1987)
Pretty good, great star power by two of the actors

This was a Disney TV-Movie made for the younger set, but benefits from great performances from Colleen Dewhurst (Murphy Brown) as anthropologist Gladys Samco and Joseph Maher (Sister Act) as unscrupulous hunter Jack Kendrick, out to bag a Sasquatch (Gladys believes in protecting them). A young pre-Full House Candace Cameron (Bure) co-stars as a young girl named Samantha, paired up with her future stepbrother Kevin who run into two "Sasquattle", a male and female, who help the injured girl and then take the kids as their own because their own child was apparently killed. As Kendrick attempts to capture a Bigfoot, Gladys, with the help of Samantha and Kevin's parents, attempt to protect the two Sasquatches and keep the kids safe at the same time. The suits for 1987 were really good too, although much more like a caveman than anything else. I would give this one a 9 out of 10. I really did enjoy this one, considering I had not seen it in over 25 years.

News Updates 1-23-14

Horse Sense

USA Today Investigates Colorado Sightings

“What the”: Provo Canyon Thrower Bigfoot

Stacy Brown Thermal Bigfoot Footage a Hoax?

Thoughts on 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty

Charade of Crap

Three Distinct Steps

Orang Pendek Project: Footprint

Dean Cain Says His Views on Bigfoot Have Changed Since Bigfoot Bounty

Bigfoot Sword of the Earthman Mars One Day Promotion

Nope, it's not a hoax. It's very real and we have nothing to say, mainly because all the best one-liners have already been uttered over the last 24 hours and the rest of them aren't suitable for print here. So, make your own wisecracks! EsoterX is only surprised it took this long (so are we) and muses on the link between Bigfoot erotica, Sex, Violence, and Softcore Sasquatch Snuff Films and the ugly side of plain old human nature.

The meat of Alessandria Masi's interview with Jack Cary is where he explains PIA's move to South Dakota. Supported by a team of volunteers, the PIA caught a pattern for a "Global Coastal Event" motivating the relocation. But what measure is paranoid conspiracy, and how much is knowing the deeper secrets of the twilight language? Sometimes it's best for paranormal investigators to promote themselves without the filter of mainstream media. like Paul Dale Roberts Facing Death At The Skinwalker Ranch. Not all the fun happens 'round the Uintah Basin, after all it's the journey not the destination. Bonus, PDR sets the stage for another piece on investigating OBEs by burying things around Skinwalker Ranch. Long-distance pilgrimages to places of power, catching the zeitgeist with minutae, damned data, coupled with altered states of consciousness from monotonous driving suggest latter-day shamanism. Yet Dr. Beachcombing finds 'shaman' to be a much, misused word. His Medieval Shamanic Account From Iceland takes Ingimundr from Suomi to Iceland in search of a witch's amulet only to find themselves...9 News of Colorado presents a surprisingly well-balanced report on a recent Colorado Bigfoot sighting and there's nary a bad joke in the entire thing.

With Rick Dyer's newest laughable venture into the world of Bigfoot hunting, this question has come up once again and with good reason. Although, Dyer's "Bigfoot body" that he claimed he shot and killed is clearly a hoax, there are other cases like that of Justin Smeja that are in more of a grey area. Since there is a distinct possibility Smeja is telling the truth about the two Bigfoot he shot in California in 2010 (in the ironically named Sierra Kills case), the debate becomes whether or not Bigfoot should be considered human or at the very least a protected species. With increasing numbers of would-be Bigfoot hunters strolling into the forest looking for the big guy, the chances increase that incidents like the Sierra Kills case will likely occur again and we predict that this is going to become a hot-button issue in years to come, not just in the cryptozoology world but in mainstream media...There weren't any Bigfoot hunters with itchy trigger fingers roaming the forests millions of years ago, so what killed off Gigantopithecus? A new theory poses an interesting possibilty: did cavities kill earth's largest ever ape as his primary diet of bamboo was changed drastically as the bamboo died out and he had to turn to sugary fruits? And finally, the Dogman of Kentucky once again raises his furry head, this time in the form of a "better late than never" sketch drawn 9 years after an encounter with the terrifying creature. The witness remembers the sighting clearly and provides a nicely detailed Bullit County beast sketch,illustrating the dogman that allegedly stalked the witness' home and family for months afterward.