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Traumafessions :: Kinderpal Eric (a.k.a. FilmFather) on Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot

September 10th, 2008 by aunt john · 6 Comments

In the long-standing tradition of how even bad movies can have trailers that scare the crap out of kids…

During the Bigfoot craze of the ’70s, a docu-drama was released in 1977 called SASQUATCH: THE LEGEND OF BIGFOOT. I never saw the film as a kid, but a scene at the end of the trailer stuck in my mind for the rest of my childhood. I couldn’t find the trailer online (it was removed from YouTube), but the scene I remember is in the actual film. Check out the intro to SASQUATCH below, and jump to the 1:40 mark:

The freeze-frame on the monstrous silhouette…that howling cry…the zoom of the title…somebody hold me…I’m so cold…

As a kid, I had nightmares of that shadow appearing at the top my attic stairs so many times; I swore that before I rediscovered this footage, I thought Bigfoot was in a stairwell in this scene, not in the woods.

For those who want to see this supposedly sub-par film, it’s available on YouTube starting HERE

UNK SEZ: I remember this one! I’ll never forget the image of Bigfoot standing on a hill and throwing rocks down at people, and at the time, I had no problem believing that the whole thing was real. By the way FilmFather, you’ve really opened up a can of hairy worms over here at Kindertrauma Castle, we are now fully engulfed in Bigfoot mania as you will soon see. Bigfoot movies and especially the G-rated faux documentary types like this one, and my personal favorite THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK, really capture a specific time that is sorely missed. I used to be very impressed with Bigfoot, now it seems that he only does broad comedy and prefers parts were he plays a buffoon. He’s like the JOHN C. REILLY of the cryptozoology set! Well, it’s about time he’s remembered as the true traumatizer that he was born to be! Stay tuned!

P.S.: For more of our kinderpal Eric (who recently reviewed the awesome GRIZZLY!) go stop by his neck of the woods @ FilmFather!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mamamiasweetpeachesNo Gravatar // Sep 10, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    It was so much fun growing up in the ’70s! We believed EVERYTHING! Big Foot? He was real! Loch Ness Monster? Real too! Bermuda Triangle? Just you TRY getting us on a plane! Urban Legend’s about a girl hearing a noise, her boyfirned getting out of the car to check and her hearing screeching on the roof of the car, later to find her boyfriend hanging OVER the car? True dat! We swallowed it all WHOLE!

    (I also remember my friends and I being deathly afraid the Ku Klux Klan was going to come get us…which would have been some-what PROBABLE if we weren’t all freakin’ WHITE!)

  • 2 spinninmartyNo Gravatar // Sep 10, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    In all seriousness, my favorite genre is 1970’s-80’s strange phenomena docu-dramas.  And The Legend of Boggy Creek is my top pick.  Eventhough it’s rated G, I dare anyone to watch it by themselves at night.

  • 3 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Sep 10, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    That footage was so good.

    So good!

    I can’t wait for this Bigfoot retrospective. I’m not sure what I saw growing up, but I hope to rediscover it here.

    And please, for the love of Daisy Duke, do something on Night of the Demon. Pretty please?

  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 10, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Amanda,
    I am posting NOTD in one hour.

  • 5 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Sep 10, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    I mean this in a totally platonic way, but I FUCKING LOVE YOU!

  • 6 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 10, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Do people still say “ditto” ?….’cuz I’m saying “ditto.”

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