Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 21st, 2011
The quote, written for him, of course, is from the narrator. Does the film live up to its acclaim? Certainly, for its time, it was groundbreaking. And to some, startling, in its implications. Was the world still alive with monsters? Cryptozoology, as a field of study, remember, was in its infancy, in the crawling stage of its development.
The full and complete motion picture The Mysterious Monsters (1976), narrated by Peter Graves, has now appeared on YouTube:
The movie and the book produced an image of a Bigfoot on a horizon that speaks to the iconic nature of the beast, the unknown creature in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
What symbolism do you see speaking to us across the decades from the cover of the book? In the poster of the movie?
The academic publishers of Dave Coleman’s new comprehensive encyclopedia decided to design his new 2012 book cover as a tribute to this now famous film and book. (The 1976 movie was written by Robert Guenette; the book was authored by Robert and Frances Guenette.)
It is not a stretch to see how this iconic image, in various forms, presents itself, over and over again, in the recent past’s and today’s Bigfoot book covers and movie moments.
Even in the new breaking area of Sasquatch porn, the producers in that genre cannot avoid placing images such as the one above in their films.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.