Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 31st, 2010
Arcata Theatre Lounge
1036 G St, Arcata, CA
6 PM to 10 PM
FREE with minimum $5 food or beverage purchase
Beer and Pizza specials all night long
Back by popular demand! The best in B science fictions movies, drive-in classics, psychotronic weirdness and more. We’ll also do raffle prizes throughout the evening so expect some very cool, very strange science fiction prizes including figurines, posters, books, cards, VHS movies and more for that inner science fiction enthusiast in us all. Sponsored by Bigfoot Books, La Dolce Video, The Arcata Eye, Daisy Drygoods, Vintage Avenger, Tin Can Mailman, The Clothing Dock and more.
A True Story.
The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) is a horror docudrama about the “Fouke Monster”, a Bigfoot-type creature that has been seen in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s and described as having a foul odor, completely covered in reddish-brown hair, having three toes and known by leaving tracks found in beanfields. The film mixes staged interviews with some local residents who claim to have encountered the creature, along with fictitious reenactments of said encounters. Charles B. Pierce, an advertising salesman from Texarkana on the Arkansas/Texas border, borrowed over $100,000 from a local trucking company, used an old movie camera and hired locals (mainly high school students) to help make the 90-minute film. Although The Legend of Boggy Creek was not the first ‘creature feature’ by any means, it was pioneering in that it marked the motion picture debut of Bigfoot. From that point on, Sasquatch was a star. Countless similarly-themed films followed in the wake of Boggy’s successful 1972 release, including Creature From Black Lake, Sasquatch, the Legend of Bigfoot, The Capture of Bigfoot, and later Harry and the Hendersons. In recent years, influence on modern moviemakers is still strong. Its docudrama format, ahead of its time in the 1970s, was purposefully echoed in 1999’s The Blair Witch Project.
Half man! Half monster! Terrorizes city, abducts women, annihilates men!
The Snow Creature (1954) is a black-and-white sci-fi monster movie produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder and stars Paul Langton and Leslie Denison as members of a scientific expedition. The movie starts with the expedition intent on collecting botanical samples, led by Dr. Frank Parrish (Langton) but encounters difficulties when the wife of the expedition’s guide is kidnapped. The guide, a sherpa named Subra (Teru Shimada), seizes the expedition’s guns and takes control of the team when he is unable to convince Parrish to pursue the creature he claims is responsible. As the team draws closer to the Yeti, evidence emerge that begins to change Parrish’s opinion regarding the creature’s existence (such as the tell-tale “giant footprints”). The expedition tracks the creature to his cave, where they encounter it, along with two other Yeti’s – a female and young. The team also discovers Subra’s wife, who is guarded jealously by the snow creature. They successfully capture the Yeti and Parrish declares that he is intent upon bringing the creature to the U.S. where it will be studied. The Yeti (trapped inside an icebox) is transported to Bombay to be flown to California. Upon reaching Los Angeles, Parrish is greeted by reporters who have been made aware of the creature’s existence. A U.S. Customs official informs Parrish that the transport of this creature has been made difficult by a newspaper article published by Peter Wells that refers to the creature using the term “man”. The issue is raised whether the snow-creature is actually human and the officials decide to keep the creature in quarantine until an anthropologist can determine the question of it’s humanity. It is during this delay in transport that the snow creature manages to escape the ice box. The snow creature runs amok in the city, terrorizing women and finding refuge in the cool temperature of the city’s sewers as well as meat-lockers (where it can also feed).