McFarland recently sent me the cover image for my forthcoming reference book The Bigfoot Filmography(ISDN 978-0786448289). It is definitely an eye catcher! The stark contrast in colors and silhouette of the beast is quite striking.
Of course, savvy fans of Cine du Sasquatch — the Bigfoot film genre by any other name — will recognize the modified cover image of The Bigfoot Filmography. It was none other than the same poster image used for the classic Sunn Classic (see, the name ‘classic’ is right there in the namesake!) release The Mysterious Monsters. Released by the venerable Salt Lake City-based Sunn in 1976 — a veritable hotbed summer of non-stop Sasquatch sightings — the film quickly gained favorable word-of-mouth amongst Bigfoot film lovers. While it featured Peter Graves and psychic Peter Hurkos in front of the camera, early Bigfoot creature designs by Stan Winston and company are another creepy highlight.
As I saw The Mysterious Monsters theatrically as an impressionable youth, I can affirm from a personal remembrance to the powerful graphic impact this poster had on me. It helped lure my pre-teen psyche into a darkened theater full of equally cryptid-obsessed strangers — and now it’s my turn to corrupt another generation (hopefully) using the same basic imagery, no less! Who says the study of missing hominids can’t be sexy? 😉