Once a frightening myth meant to keep children (and even adults) out of misty forests, now half a meme, half a joke pointed at people with a strangely big foot size. Bigfoot isn’t what it used to be and it’s been tucked inside of the chest with forgotten myths that are no longer scary alongside the likes of Yeti and Slenderman. Fortunately, there are always means of bringing retired icons back into the spotlight. As far as frightening figures are concerned, all you need is a small visual reminder. We recommend binging some Bigfoot movies in order to spark your interest again.
Prepare your camera, empty your wall and ready it for photographs, and head for your nearest forest. It’s time to get your myth-hunting fire burning again with the help of 6 Bigfoot Movies Any Enthusiast Should Watch.
#1 Southern Fried Bigfoot
The best way to turn the gears of any Bigfoot enthusiast is by starting off in an area of realism. Fiction is nice, of course, but it’s documentaries that try to shape up the mythical beast-man as a real deal that make us check over our shoulders as we trek through the mountains. While Bigfoot sightings are more common in the Pacific Coast, the South doesn’t lack them either. This documentary is focused on this particular area, though there aren’t that many efforts invested in providing any solid proof.
Moving on to the fictive and Hollywood types of proper Bigfoot movies, Abominable might be a good place to start if you don’t necessarily want to take this whole deal too seriously. The movie was released in 2006 and it features two actors that are veterans of Bigfoot-themed flicks, each one of them having starred in three. This movie is a cheesy horror film, which follows the pattern of so many typical horror movies – in here, Bigfoot is that one horror villain that picks his victims one by one and bites through a dude’s head like an apple (true story).
#3 Night of the Demon
The movie was released in 1980, a time when, in lack of the Internet being around to make everything into a meme, it’s safe to say that Bigfoot was a pretty big deal. It was around the time when faking visual evidence was becoming more reliable than ever. However, instead of giving us a thriller about people hunting the hirsute monster in an eerie forest, we get one of the goriest Bigfoot movies ever made. There’s pretty much every imaginable horror cliché involved and some of the deaths are so over the top they’re actually hilarious.
#4 Pursuit of a Legend
Released in 2010, this movie follows the formula set by the success of Blair Witch Project in terms of making found footage flicks the next big thing in horror movies. Our two main characters head over for a trip to the woods of Washington State and, needless to say, things don’t exactly go smoothly for our jolly protagonists. The real charm of this movie is that it stands true to Bigfoot’s reputation as a foggy myth and his on-camera sightings are barely nonexistent. This, in turn, only deepens the effectiveness of the movie as it taps into our subconscious fear of the unknown.
#5 Valley of the Sasquatch
Recent years have had several filmmakers attempt to make Bigfoot a serious and dignified topic once again. In the process, we were given the 2015 flick Valley of the Sasquatch. Unlike the traditional depiction of the famed monster, the movie gives us a novel take which brings into the picture a whole family of them, paralleling the lives of dysfunctional human families. It’s treading in the risky territory of cheesiness by asking the dreaded question “Who are the real monsters?” but it manages to do it while being equally refreshing.
#6 The Abominable Snowman
The title might sound a bit questionable, but this 1957 movie actually manages to tell a pretty in-depth story. The focus is on the Yeti, the Himalayan version of Bigfoot, and a group of expeditors who go to pursue the beast. As expected, things go wrong, but the big twist in this movie is that it invokes perspective. As opposed to blaming the inevitable death toll on the Yeti, it makes out the humans as the real villains and savages in this story instead, the ones invading the homes of the snowy Yeti with destructive thoughts.