Bigfoot Film Still Fantastic After Forty-nine Years
The footage shot by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin on October 20th, 1967 is still alive and well 49 years later. Experts disagree on the veracity of the film, with some claiming that the creature is nothing more than an actor wearing a costume. Numerous experts have gone on record to dispute this assertion, and to this day the film remains unexplained.
As for me, I used to love the Planet of the Apes movies when I was a kid. The cheesy costumes, Charlton Heston's scene-chewing overacting, and the bizarrely nonsensical plots (underground mutants worshiping an atom bomb? Really? Gees, political allegory anyone?) made for many fantastically entertaining afternoons and evenings in my youth. The first Planet of the Apes movie was released in 1968, and John Chambers won an Oscar for his outstanding makeup effects. That movie came out a year after the Patterson-Gimlin film, and, no offense to Mr. Chambers, but the best makeup effects at that time came nowhere near what's visible in this highly-contested bit of cinema.
So where does that leave us? Well, I think it leaves us with a mystery. One that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, if popular interest in bigfoot is any indication. I love that about the work I do, and I think that, if nothing else, the continued interest in bigfoot and cryptozoology speaks to the human curiosity that is one of our species' more endearing qualities; and so, in that tradition, I'll remain curious--ever thankful that people like Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin have provided me with the evidence to feed my curiosity and inspire me to further investigation. Thank you in advance to everyone who continues to do so today.
Yours in Impossibility,