Monday, April 02, 2012
On Sunday night, our guest on Beyond the Edge Radio was Bigfoot film historian and author David Coleman. During the conversation about obscure Bigfoot films the title 'Revenge of Bigfoot' was brought up. Simply states, where did this film go? No one seems to know...so I decided that I would look into this mystery.
'Revenge of Bigfoot' was shot in Texarkana, Arkansas during the summer of 1978. The film starred Rory Calhoun, Mike Hackworth, T.Dan Hopkins and Patricia Kane. The film was produced and directed by Harry Z. Thomason. Basically, it was the story of a friendly rancher who befriends an native indian. The local bigot, named Rufus Pickle, tries to run the indian out of town but is interrupted by a Bigfoot. It was released then re-titled 'Rufus J. Pickle and the Indian'...and was shown in several states before it disappeared from the scene.
The following is a statement by David C. Bohn from Marion, Ohio: "Way back in the summer of 1978, I was a member of a club, in my home town of Little Rock, Arkansas, known as 'Central Arkansas Filmmakers' – An organization of amateur filmmakers who produced home-made movies on super 8 film. The CAF was where I got my first experience as a film Actor.
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.
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 its 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."
So why is it almost impossible to find a copy of the film today? According to David Coleman, author of The Bigfoot Filmography there have been rumors that the then Attorney General of Arkansas Bill Clinton was actually in the film. Some say that this is the reason why the film was removed from distribution since the Clinton gubernatorial campaign didn't want any association between the candidate and 'Revenge of Bigfoot'.
If anyone has further information on 'Revenge of Bigfoot' or 'Rufus J. Pickle and the Indian' please feel free to let me know. Thanks...Lon
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