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Having grown up in Connecticut like a previous reviewer, I also underwent the late night initiation of this fun, campy "Curse of Bigfoot" film during the late 70s, "...over two million years ago...", so it seems.
And since then, "in the place of things", I've always held a perverse fascination with this humble little effort, perhaps now more so due to the classroom featured in the added 70s footage, culturally bearing striking resemblance to my classrooms during that era ( though the kids of the '63 footage looked like students appearing throughout my older siblings' yearbooks). It's an unusual and unique compilation, made interesting by the fact that an actor in the '63 footage was called again to appear in the newer footage 10-11 years later. Not even "They Saved Hitler's Brain", employing the same technique of combining old with new footage, had as much continuity and heart.
I respectfully digress with previous reviewers which regard "The Curse of Bigfoot" (a.k.a. Teenagers vs. the Thing") as displaying absolutely "no talent" behind its production! The compilation and blending of stock, Valentino production music used throughout the '63 footage is actually quite remarkable! A number of distinctive cues also appeared throughout other science fiction/horror films of the late 50s/early 60s era ("The Blob", "Terror from the Year 5000", etc.). But with "Curse of Bigfoot", in keeping with the southwestern setting of the story, the soundtrack editor's mix of "horror"/"suspense"/ "Indian"/"Prairie" cues is fantastic, and coordinated well with the action and scenery on the screen.
I wonder...I wonder ("young man!"), if this script used for the '63 footage, had originally began as a script for a radio program, and not designed by "some, - demented madman!" I strongly suspect the producers' main, prior experience was with radio shows. Anyone could follow this tale when only listening to it without actually watching it. It becomes an old time radio show.
Gosh, I could sure go for a bottle of pop. And a new deluxe edition of this classic film, cleaned, restored and released onto DVD.
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