Revenge of Bigfoot (1979)
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A number of students drove over to Texarkana to spend the day performing as extras in a bar scene. We spent the majority of the day waiting for a fake glass window to be prepared for the "monster" to jump through. When filming began, we all sat around at tables pretending to drink and make merry. Then we were directed to scream, panic and stampede out of the place as the stuntman crashed through the window.
I had my one moment of glory when the director decided to take a closeup of me screaming. I hollered my bloody lungs out, only to be told I was great, but the woman sitting behind me didn't realize she was in the scene and sat there smiling through the whole thing.
Thus, my career as a B-movie scream queen bit the Texas dust.
We attended the local premiere of the movie some months later. It was fun to see several classmates, such as David Wingfield and Becki Chandler, in their speaking roles. I was fuzzily visible in one scene sitting behind David in the bar. The movie itself? Heh. You don't get any more "B-movie" than this incredibly corny lost comic-horror classic. I'd love to dig up a copy, but I'm sure it's gone forever. Someone give Harry Thomason a call and see if he kept a copy, y'hear?
In September of that year, I got a call from Marvin Walker, President and Co-Founder of that organization. Marvin told me that we had been invited to appear in a movie being shot in southwest Arkansas, titled: 'Revenge Of Bigfoot'. It seems that Marvin knew somebody, who knew somebody, who knew somebody who knew Harry Thomason, and word had reached him that Harry was looking for talent, in the form of extras for his production.
I, along with several other members of the CAF, made the trip to Texarkana, one Saturday, that September, and it was quite an interesting and fun experience for all of us, especially me, for I got to meet my first big Hollywood star Rory Calhoun. Mr. Calhoun was quite an amiable and friendly guy, and even set aside some time for a kind of 'question and answer' session with our members. I even had my picture taken with him, and I have that framed, black-and-white 5x7 print sitting on my nightstand, to this day.
We spent most of a day shooting 2 scenes: One where a hunting party was being assembled, to go and look for 'bigfoot', and another, later, in a country nightclub, where the monster was to make an appearance, and scare everybody half to death. I managed to sneak in a line, during the 'posse' scene, but I have no idea if it made it to the final cut, for I've never seen the finished product. I seem to remember that we weren't invited to the premiere, and it's theatrical release was so short, that I blinked my eyes, and missed it.
Surely, there must be some videotape copies of this movie, somewhere, and I would really like to see it, if anyone knows how to get hold of one, especially now that I've heard and read some good things about it. Meanwhile, if you see it, look for the big guy in a camouflage hunting cap, wearing a Levi jacket, and carrying a double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun. I'm sure you'll be impressed with his imposing presence.