Monday, June 30, 2014

Ivan Marx, Bigfoot Hunter


I always caught what I sought after….except Bigfoot.

From the public domain, I watched what is basically a nature documentary from 1976 regarding an adventurer/hunter/photographer obsessively pursuing a Bigfoot after an encounter shook him into action. I am an avid fan of 70s Bigfoot fare, so watching Legend of Bigfoot was a given eventually. I didn’t really have anything here to add that wasn’t covered in my imdb review on Christmas day in 2008, but it was a film that was on my mind. This film plays up the threat of the Bigfoot with how the “animals seems so scared” when it could be nearby. I like how Ivan Marx really emotes in his narration. If he’s mad as hell and can’t take it anymore, you know it (like those damned skeptics criticizing his “evidence”), or frustrated (on wild goose chases that lead to tracks of other animals nowhere near the size of Bigfoot). I think as a nature travelogue, this is right out of old school Mutual of Omaha documented footage of animals of all kinds. As a pure film on Bigfoot, this might not fit the bill for enthusiasts. As a curio from the 70s, regarding what a naturalist spots while trying to find Bigfoot, this might, however, satisfy. The Public Domain has lots of these kinds of finds so the pursuit of something interesting will always either produce results or disappointments. While I’m myself skeptical of his Bigfoot experiences, Ivan Marx, the avid outdoorsman, was never a doubt to me. I think the man knew his shit. I mean, it was kind of hard for me to accept that, despite some setbacks, he would be able to get a couple of experiences with Bigfoot while so many others get one if they are lucky (or as those that were frightened might say, unlucky).

Is the 'Squatch out there?


Oh, while it’s on my mind, there was one particular scene I especially liked this go-around that I failed to mention in my previous review. Ivan is in the woods where he spots a Bigfoot barely visible as the day is fading into the night with a storm brewing. Ivan does comment that he had no gun and no one would know where to find him. I think that is quite a palpable, terrifying moment, a man who has done his share of hunting, admitting that if he was hurt, no one might ever be able to locate him. This certainly would wreak havoc on my psychological state and emotions if in that position. Horror fans are accustomed to the use of a first person camera fumbling maddeningly in the woods, with that degree of hopelessness and terror viewed through a frenetic lens. There’s also the incredible shot of the Tower of Babel Redwoods in California with Ivan and a colleague looking like ants next to human legs while walking past them. You will also notice the familiar (now) shot of the camera pointing upward to the sky with trees encircling the one looking from that angle to emphasize the forest and its ability to seem endless.

There he is!!!



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