'Tis the season to keep an eye out for that big, hairy fella.
I'm talking, of course, about Bigfoot.
He's also known as the Yeti, the Sasquatch or the Abominable Snowman, if you're not into the whole brevity thing. He's supposed to be at least seven feet tall, covered in hair and has size 27 feet.
While he's most frequently sighted in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and the Himalayan Mountains, he has been known to pop up elsewhere. Just about every culture has a version of him: there's the Yowie in Australia, the Batutut in Vietnam, the Yeren in China and the Alma in Mongolia.
Locally, he's known as the Dupont Monster.
Some Bigfoot believers suggest he's a missing link; a humanoid great ape clever enough to evade civilization and determined hunters. Others suggest Bigfoot is an alien — bright lights in the sky often coincide with Sasquatch sightings — or an interdimensional creature that can slip through cracks into and out of our world, which explains why a Bigfoot body has never been found.
Wild stuff, I know.
But before you roll your eyes too hard, remember that Washington state really has a law on the books stating it's illegal to kill a Bigfoot — doing so will get you arrested on a murder charge. Meanwhile, Texas classifies the cryptid as a pest, so there's no bag limit for hunters.
Until the snow really flies and we can go looking for giant footprints, here are a few Abominable Snowman-shaped things to check out:
5. "DESTINATION TRUTH" ("Yeti," season 2, episode 1). Explorer and TV host Josh Gates really loves hunting for Bigfoot. Over the five seasons of "Destination Truth," he leads 11 investigations into giant apes around the world. But this outing is definitely the most entertaining of the bunch: Gates and crew actually find and cast giant footprints that send the Nepalese government into a media frenzy.
4. "EXISTS" (2014). Found footage films tend to be hit or miss. While not perfect, this one's pretty dang fun — probably because its director, Eduardo Sanchez, also kickstarted the entire genre with "The Blair Witch Project." Five friends set off on a camping trip in the Texan woods only to find themselves stalked by Bigfoot. The creature effects come courtesy of the WETA Workshop ("Lord of the Rings") and there are some solid scares and clever edits.
3. "HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS" (1987). Obligatory mention is obligatory. The Rick Baker-designed Harry is easily the best-looking Bigfoot to ever grace the big screen, and the cast is headlined by the always funny John Lithgow. Sure, it's a little goofy, but this is also a cutesy family film, and one whose practical special effects have weathered the last 30 years incredibly well.
2. "YETI: CURSE OF THE SNOW DEMON" (2008). Oh boy. OH BOY. This movie. What a pinnacle of cinematic achievement. A plane carrying an American football team and their cheerleaders crashes in the Himalayans. The survivors face the stark prospect of cannibalising their dead friends — but then things go from awful to ridiculous when a bad CGI Yeti (which leaps everywhere like a hyperactive bouncy ball) starts attacking. This SyFy Original made-for-TV mess is laugh out loud hysterical, and I highly recommend putting it on at your next party. One hapless character's increasingly insane tribulations — He breaks one leg! He breaks the other! He uses a friend's severed arm as a splint! — will have you slapping your knees.
1. "ABOMINABLE" (2006). At last we come to the crème de la crème of Abominable Snowman movies. This is the movie you get when the director/writers say, "Rear Window's great, but you know what would make it even better? AN ATTACKING BIGFOOT." A wheelchair-bound mountaineer is recuperating in his cabin when he witnesses a giant apeman killing the co-eds next door. Naturally, nobody believes him when he calls for help. The supporting cast is full of faces familiar to horror/cult fans — Scream Queen Dee Wallace is a farmer's wife in the cold open, while Lance Henriksen and Jeffrey Combs are drunken hunters — and the special effects are surprisingly good for a direct-to-DVD schlocker. If you like your Bigfoots nasty, they just don't get better than this.
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