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Stream Warriors :: Aunt John on The Capture of Bigfoot & Murders in the Rue Morgue

April 3rd, 2011 by aunt john · 5 Comments

Shooting at the walls of trauma (Bang! Bang!), your dear old Aunt John is this week’s Stream Warrior and, heart to heart, you will win… if you can survive… my two Netflix Streaming choices.

A little whiles back Reader Tim sent in a stellar Traumafession on Bionic Bigfoot and it reignited your Aunt John’s grade school crush on the big hairy lug. I ravenously devoured all of the YouTube clips available on Mr. Big and his equally as dreamy cousins Yeti and Sasquatch and was left still wanting more. Thankfully, Netflix Streaming cured my furry fever with the 1979 ju-ju jive turkey THE CAPTURE OF BIGFOOT. The film had me its epic ballad intro, but from there things just went downhill. For starters, there is no Bigfoot in this flick; the creature terrorizing the ski resort community is an Abominable Snowman. The sub-par plot coupled with the atrocious acting honestly makes SNOWBEAST seem like an episode of Masterpiece Theater.

I reckon I should just save everyone their time and show the best musical number filmed in a ski lodge besieged by a bipedal beastie… ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm Kindertrauma welcome to The Friends who have graciously agreed to perform their amazing hit Sensuous Tiger!!!!!

PS, by the way: If anyone knows where your Aunt John can score a red halter jumpsuit like that, please sound off in the comments!


Saturday mornings in the late ‘70s used to be your Aunt John’s jam. My two older brothers were usually out doing manly things like playing little league or taking swimming lessons and my two younger siblings were toddlers, so yours truly had full run of the television set. The morning usually consisted of SCOOBY-DOO, CAPTAIN CAVEMAN & THE TEEN ANGELS, JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS, JABBERJAW and any other cartoon involving groups of plucky teens who solved mysteries while performing in bands. In hindsight, these morning HANNA-BARBERA chestnuts simply served as the amuse-bouche for the always anticipated afternoon airing of Channel 48’s CREATURE DOUBLE FEATURE.

I would go crazy at the sight of the cheesy hand popping out of the grave and even crazier if one of the featured films on the double-bill happened to be MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE. As a kid, I had no idea what was going in the movie other than there was a creepy little person working in a Punch and Judy booth, everyone wore capes, and the leading lady had large and hypnotic eyes. After recently re-watching it on Netflix Streaming, I can confirm there is a pint-sized puppeteer, everyone in this movie (even the background extras) are bedecked in capes and lead actress CHRISTINE KAUFFMAN has one heck of a set of peepers. The film also features HERBERT LOM, occasionally in a gorilla suit, and a somewhat younger JASON ROBARDS (in my mind, he will always have grey hair and be the father from SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES) in a cape.

PS, by the way: Can someone please bring back the cape? Think of how sophisticated you would look if you paired it with a red halter jumpsuit. Sensuous tiger, indeed! Hit it Patty:

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 micksterNo Gravatar // Apr 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Aunt John, My mom had an awesome red polyester jumpsuit in the 70s, but it wasn’t that revealing. I didn’t think she would ever get rid of that thing!
    I love The Warrior so much! I would love to dress up in that costume for Halloween. My second choice would be to dress as Jem from Jem and the Holograms.

  • 2 cmcmcmcmNo Gravatar // Apr 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you for posting the Sensuous Tiger clip.

    I am now complete.

    I’l especially glad it showed a glimpse of the “Bigfoot” and how incredibly goofy it looks.

  • 3 aunt johnNo Gravatar // Apr 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    @mickster: The Warrior in a cape would be a great everyday look (why save it for Halloween?)…

    @cmcmcmcm: My sentiments exactly… I don’t anything can top the Sensuous Tiger…

  • 4 bdwilcoxNo Gravatar // Apr 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Forget the jumpsuit. If anyone can tell me how to acquire the sensuous buttocks housed in that jumpsuit, I would be most appreciative…

    Ironically, the creepiest thing on the list is the “The Warrior” song. About twenty years ago, some nutcase carried his stereo into a McDonalds, put on that song, pulled out a gun and proceeded to murder about ten people. Whenever I hear the song, that’s the first thing I think of.

    Finally, the cheesy hand in the Creature Double Feature is cool, but can’t hold a candle to the six-fingered Chiller Theater hand. A hi-res copy of that intro is almost impossible to find, but nonetheless it’s about 100x scarier than most of the movies they ran.

  • 5 bdwilcoxNo Gravatar // Apr 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    OK, here’s a copy with better video:

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