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  • From Box office magazine 6/18/79: "The Capture of Bigfoot", the Bill Rebane production from Studio Film Corp., will be delayed for an unknown amount of time, due to the recent disappearance of 400 feet of film negative. According to Rebane, the disappearance of the footage, out of which 200 feet was to be used in the actual movie, will delay the mid-July openings previously scheduled for Arkansas and Memphis . . .How long that delay will be depends on the results of laboratory tests currently taking place in Denver. Insurance adjustors have made a duplicate negative from the work print, and the results of the lab tests will determine whether it is commercially feasible to use it in place of the missing footage...
  • This is available on a double feature Eastwest DVD with Rebane's best film, ALPHA INCIDENT, and that's probably as far as anyone needs to go in collecting his work. Unless you want the Giant Spider Invasion for historical or sentimental reasons, for it was the drive-in success of that one that allowed him to do the other two. There's corny 70s sappiness, but no more than Harry & the Hendersons. He uses much of the same decent cast from ALPHA, and they make a good effort here as well. The Bigfoot creatures are almost well-done enough to pass, but still just not quite removed from the "man in the suit" effect. Very close though, and a nice effort on a dime budget. Story meanders around too much, but the cast keeps coming up with nice touches to allow forgiveness of the slack times. Nice to see a film shot in winter with plenty of snow, and people actually hustling around in it. For sure, that is not easy, even for a Hollywood production with all the amenities. Yes, the wardrobe was provided by K-mart, but that's what the budget was, and anyway that's what folks there would have worn. Those of you who laugh at Rebane, well, he went out and did things rather than sit back and watch. A sort of Ed Wood of the Midwest.
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    As a child of the 60's,who grew up in the 70's(born in 66),this film took me back to my childhood. As a lifetime sasquatch enthusiast,these movies were the rage back in the day. Legend of Boggy Creek,Sasquatch:The Legend of Bigfoot,Curse of Bigfoot and many others,along with several quality documentaries on the subject,sparked interest to many youngsters back in the day and many of us still are fascinated by these films and the subject itself. As for the film,it is a low grade B flick but you can see that they at least gave a good effort. I thoroughly enjoyed the film,real snow,real cold and some very good casting for a low budget flick make this film a camp classic,a real gem to those who like these types of movies. Make a nice pot of coffee,kick back and watch this flick at about 3am on a cold winter fits to a tee. Well,say what you want about Rebane but he made some decent films on a shoestring budget. Low budget films force the producers and directors to use their creativity and that is long lost on todays directors who just throw silly CGI scenes in and forget about what makes a movie good. This little gem is OK by me. If you like 60's and 70's low budget films or if you just grew up in the 70's and remember the Bigfoot craze,then you will enjoy this one as it will take you back to better times. Ignore the bad reviews,as they are written by people who don't know how to enjoy this type of movie.
  • I enjoyed watching and listening to Sheriff Cooper. His impersonations of John Wayne and other characters cracked me up. I wonder if anyone else caught that? Our entire family enjoyed the movie,as my son says it's "Camp" and you don't see flicks like this anymore, it's fun!
  • A great film like this is a result of the rare convergence of many talents: Rebane (Ito), Neumeyer (screenplay), Wally Flaherty et al. In fact it is Bill Rebane's innocent and somewhat naive approach that turns his earnest effort (like the turning of water into wine) into this true camp classic. No one could set out to purposely make a film like this; they would fail.

    When Lartronic rented this movie from the "Le Bad" section of Blockbuster, what did he expect? Those who want a good laugh from a movie that can entertain as only a true camp classic can, then this is your movie! Also rent "The Alpha Incident", "Gift From the Red Planet", "Giant Spider Invasion" and Rebane's other classics. Mr. Rebane should be honored by the Academy for his lifetime contributions to the camp category of motion pictures. He is truly a genius in this respect.
  • MadMan5622 April 2006
    When I bought this DVD (also containing "The Alpha Incident") I was hoping for some good campy sci-fi. I was not disappointed with "Capture of Bigfoot". It had a few moments of really nice photography, filmed in some snowy northern area. I appreciated the fact that it was real snow in real cold (plumes of car/truck exhaust and lots of steaming breath as people talked). Any high budget film would have created plastic snow on a set. The only downsides for me were that 1 - almost anybody could have done a better voice for the creature, and 2 - the Olson character was unbelievably mean, but in the movie's defense, he was supposed to be as mad as Ahab. But these did not detract too much from the movie for me.

    Also, I disagree with all those who liked "The Alpha Incident" better. For me, this film was much more enjoyable.
  • Its a sin how these things are made, but then again we wouldn't get to see the best "Dummy scene" ever filmed. Ahhh the beauty of low budget Bigfoot flicks, you lean to see the beauty the more you watch them, thats if your brain doesn't melt first. As I said before, this has the best dummy scene ever! Words cant express it, you have to see it for yourself. Wonderful lines such as "Smells like decain flesh", "Thems human..."(You will know this one when you see it) The creature makes a Blah, Blah! sound and the scene where the baby gets shot will make you cry(with laughter) you will be rewinding it. Has a car chase, snowmobile chase, a Bigfoot folk song as well as a Disco song. It dosn't end there, while watching the credits a friend noticed "Wardrobe provided by K-Mart". You ask, how could you even get as far as the credits and then watch them? I could only explain this as a sort of shock to the brain, you are so mentally exhausted you cant move and also I guess you have to know who was behind the mess. All that being said, this is a must see especially if you want to punish yourself mentally. Its a keeper!
  • The Capture of Bigfoot (1979)

    ** (out of 4)

    A couple redneck hunters capture a baby Bigfoot but before they can get him back to town a much larger Bigfoot shows up. One of the hunters is killed but the other makes it town where he tells the people about a mysterious creature. Pretty soon more bloody murders are happening and it becomes clear that the legend is real.

    THE CAPTURE OF BIGFOOT from director Bill Rebane has a very, very bad reputation but I must admit that I don't know why. I will freely admit that I love Bigfoot and the myth around him so I've read countless books, magazines and of course seen plenty of movies. Sadly, with just a few exceptions, the majority of these films have been very bad. THE CAPTURE OF BIGFOOT has a very bad reputation with some people calling it the worst Bigfoot film ever made. I certainly don't agree with that for a number of reasons.

    For starters, a lot of monster movies pretty much hide the monsters in the shadows or just don't show them enough. A lot of Bigfoot movies from this era are guilty of that but I give Rebane credit for going all out and constantly having the monsters on the screen. I'm not sure why they elected to go with a white-haired monster over the traditional one but either way the film remains entertaining because of him. It was great getting to see the various attacks and if you're a fan of such movies then at least you've got one that keeps the monster on the screen.

    As far as the story goes, yeah, it's nothing original or overly great but it's at least entertaining enough for a low-budget "B" movies. None of the performances are overly great but none of them are bad either. They're basically what you'd expect out of a movie like this. Another plus is that we're given some beautiful and snow-covered location shots of Wisconsin.

    THE CAPTURE OF BIGFOOT has several flaws including some bad pacing issues but I think its reputation as being one of the worst Bigfoot movies is a bad rap.
  • Watch this with a group of people, or find a screening where everyone yells about the movie. By far one of the funniest movies I've seen, but for all the wrong reasons. By no means is this is a good film, but I didn't make it, so I can't complain.
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    A pair of no-count crackers are savagely killed by Bigfoot after they abduct the enormous fellow's young 'un. A slimy businessman (an outrageously hammy turn by Richard Kennedy; the evil Nazi general in "Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS") who wants to snare the full-size galoot so he can cruelly exploit Sasquatch for his own selfish ends puts a hefty bounty on Bigfoot's head. A bunch of hillbilly hunters, eager to collect the plentiful reward money, venture into the woods to nab the huge hairy humanoid beast.

    It's obvious that this picture was a true labor of low-budget love for Wisconsin-based Do-It-Yourself auteur Bill Rebane, who not only directed, but also produced, co-wrote the script and even co-edited the feature as well. Additionally, Rebane cast his son Randolph as the baby Bigfoot! Actually, truth be told, Rebane does a pretty skillful job in every department: the performances are acceptable, the pace quick and steady, the photography proficient, the jazzed-up 70's cop show-style score seriously smokes, the philosophical country theme song likewise kicks, the wintry snow-covered landscapes look lovely, the Sasquatch attack scenes are staged with a reasonable amount of vigor, and we even got a nice dash of savory local folklore (the creatures are described as the "Legend of Aurak"). Heck, the sterling B-movie cast alone earns this pup a passing mark: the ubiquitous exploitation flick twosome of John Goff and George "Buck" Flower (who also appear together in Rebane's "The Alpha Incident"), "Blood Beach" 's Otis Young, Stafford ("The Zebra Force," "The Forrest") Morgan, and Buck's sweetly plump daughter Verkina. The Bigfoot family, who more closely resemble yetis with their white fur, teeth and claws, are a reliable source of unintentional amusement, for they prove to be more fat, clumsy and lumbering than George "Buck" Flower.
  • Legendary Wisconsin filmmaker Bill Rebane puts the B in B-filmmaking.

    And even though it's not his magnus opus, The Capture of Bigfoot is still a schlock gem.

    Two trappers, hunting along the shores of the Lake of the Clouds, capture a young Bigfoot...when the mother shows up and attacks them both, in an attempt to rescue her child.

    One of the men is dragged back into town by his sled dogs, which alerts the townsfolk, and triggers an investigation into the matter.

    On the one hand, the dead man's best friend teams up with the local forest ranger to find out what really happened to him.

    While on the other hand, the towns meanest and most wealthy citizen hires a couple of the town's mercenary trappers to capture the "critter", just as a couple of curious kids set out to see if they can confirm if there is any actual veracity to the legend they've been told.

    After several men go missing from the area, the two hired hands manage to track down and kill the young creature.

    Now, it's mother is out for vengeance.

    We get the backstory about the creature from the forest ranger's girlfriend. She tells him it's name is Arak, and claims that it is the protector of the Arak Indian Tribe who lived in the Lake of the Clouds area.

    She describes how it would watch over the burial grounds of the elders, who considered it their God.

    Generally, it would never harm anyone, even when sighted...however, it has been known to reign terror down on anyone who it perceives to be a threat to the land...or it's family.

    This places the film in the same category as The Shining, The Prophecy and The Manitou.

    The town is home to a popular ski the police are becoming worried that any further attempt to trap the creature will only make it more angry, and trigger an even larger killing spree...which could lead to a panic that would put the town's economic security at risk.

    This encourages everyone to shift their focus from capturing, to killing the mythological beast.

    Well, everyone except the greedy, psychotic goon that is.

    He plans to use the two trappers he hired as live bait in a scheme to capture the creature once and for that he can profit from it.

    Meanwhile, the forest ranger seeks advice from a local native man about how to proceed.

    He gives the ranger a special amulet, which will allow Arak to understand him.

    Now, everyone must work together in order to free her...or risk suffering the wrath of divine retribution themselves.

    Let's just say...the ending is pretty explosive...

    With mediocre acting and a mild cult style, this film is pure cheese.

    The monster isn't your typical bigfoot either, it's got white hair and comes off more like a yeti.

    And it's essentially just a guy in a gorilla costume, played by Rebane's brother Randolph.

    But, overall, it's a fun and entertaining film.

    5 out of 10.
  • After a very catchy opening song, THE CAPTURE OF BIGFOOT begins. Hunters have caught the hairy horror of the title, only to encounter a second, far crankier creature of its ilk. One hunter is mystically transformed into a dummy, flies through the air, and flops to the ground, proving once more that yetis can't be trusted! Thus, unfolds the classic battle between man and beast-man. We learn the ancient legend of these homicidal hairballs, and how they once protected the Native Americans in the area. Not very well as it turns out. Now, hunters are out to catch and exploit the bellowing behemoths for fun and profit. Can a local forest ranger save these massive mounds of mattress fodder? This is one of the lesser of the bigfoot films, which explains the TROMA connection. Basically, we are treated to over an hour of men in ill-fitting Sasquatch costumes, shrieking / gurgling like they have rattraps stuck on their tongues. The humans aren't much better, consisting of some extremely tiresome characters, including the dimwitted Sheriff Cooper (Wally Flaherty) and the terminally cantankerous Olsen (Richard Kennedy), who obviously have no reason to exist other than to annoy us utterly. MOST MEMORABLE SCENES: #1- Any scene w/ airborne hillbilly dummies! #2- The big finale, complete w/ a car chase, an unnecessary explosion, misuse of earth-moving equipment, a blowtorch tutorial, annnd... more explosions! The only thing that could make this even more fantabulous would be the opening theme song repeated at the end. Wha...? It does repeat?? Oh, huzzah!...
  • Bezenby26 June 2014
    In North Wisconsin way back in the hills, lived a Bigfoot and he had him a kid. He attacked some hunters when the sun went down but one survived and made it back into town. Mighty mighty freezing, Bigfoot kept on teasing, they called him White Lightening.

    Policemen, Townsfolk, the mine owner too, searching for the place where he rested his big foot. They were looking trying to hook him but Bigfoot kept on wookie-ing - White Lightening.

    Bill Rebane's the guy who made this stew, of Bigfoot and his little kid too. I took one glimpse and then I knew, as my eyes glazed over and my face turned blue. Low budget madness, Buck Flowers is a bad arse – Whew – White Lightning.

    Policeman, little kids, the mine owner too, catching that Bigfoot and slinging him in a zoo. They were looking trying to hook him but Bigfoot kept on cooking – White Lightening.

    Well the mine owner came and he said I'm mighty tough. I think I want to catch that powerful fud. He went real crazy when he took Bigfoot down and I heard him laughing through out the town. Might mighty pleasin' his knackers must be freezin' -they call him - White Lightening.

    Well the policeman, townsfolk, mine owner too. Getting all killed trying to catch Bigfoot. It's not as good as Rana but it's better than Twister's. White Lightning.
  • HumanoidOfFlesh15 November 2003
    Bill Rebane's "The Capture of Bigfoot" is one of the most awful horror movies ever made.A greedy sawmill owner Harvey Olsen(Richard Kennedy)decides that he wants Bigfoot captured at all costs.However local game ranger Dave Garrett(Stafford Morgan)learns that the Bigfoot used to live in peace upset by a geological expedition,and sets out to protect the creature.There is nothing even remotely interesting in this piece of crap.The film is extremely dull and filled with horrible songs and cheap special effects.No gore,no suspense-just gigantic boredom.Avoid this horrible junk like the plague.
  • tromatic116 September 2000
    This movie is the very worst that I have ever seen. You might think that you have seen some bad movies in your time, but if you haven't seen this one you don't know how terrible a movie can be. But wait, there's worse news! The studio will soon rerelease this masterpiece (I'm being ironic) for all to see! The only things worse than the plot of this movie are the effects, the acting, the direction, and the production. Bill Rebane, the poor man's Ed Wood (not that there is a rich man's Ed Wood) (I like Ed Wood's movies, though) manages to keep things moving at a snail's pace throughout this film. It opens with the capture of a baby bigfoot (a Littlefoot? --sorry, couldn't help it) by a pair of unlikable hunters, who are killed by the parent. This causes the entire town where the hunters lived to go on a Bigfoot hunting jihad. This is pretty much it for the plot. Nothing even remotely interesting happens, and we the viewers are never able to care about any of the characters. If one is interested in the films of Rebane I would recommend almost any other over this. However, as I said, it will soon be rereleased by Troma in order to bore a new generation of filmgoers.
  • Hard to find but if you can get a copy, you're in for a real treat. Years before ANACONDA "terrorized" us with a giant rubber snake, there was THE CAPTURE OF BIGFOOT. If you like outrageously bad special effects and over-the-top acting, this one's for you. A real campy funfest.

    Some highlights: * The guy who plays the rich old miser (I believe his name in the film is "Olsen") recites his lines with such vigor and energy, each scene necessitates at least one press of the "rewind" button on your VCR remote. Watch for the scene where he interrogates a hospitalized employee of his. He shakes him vigourously, demanding he answer "Who was it? Was it Arak?!" * The special effects and sound effects are a hoot. Hard to do justice in words, they have to been seen to be appreciated. * And listen closely to the lyrics of the closing credits song. It sounds like a Harry Chapin record but the words must've been written by Ozzy Ozbourne: "You'll never find freedom, you'll only find lies/ You'll only find freedom the day that you die". Yikes. And just what the hell does that have to do with Bigfoot?

    Also recommended: STARCRASH (1979)
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    I had seen a bunch of Bill Rebane's other productions. Honestly, I thought that The Giant Spider Invasion, as campy as it was, was the only one worth watching, even as a goof, being helped immensely by some actual professional Hollywood actors. I really despised Invasion From Inner Earth and was not a fan of The Alpha Incident, which some people apparently liked.

    This one has some things going for it and almost rises to the level of a bad low budget indie monster movie that could have been released to a drive-in, and apparently it was.

    Sure, the Bigfoot costume and the beast's silly growling are not scary in the least, but hilarious. Sure, the goofy Sheriff and his lame celebrity impressions have the potential to be more annoying than entertaining. Sure, the evil businessman and grizzled old-timer Bigfoot hunter characters are lifted whole-cloth from Jaws. (This is certainly not the only low-budget monster movie from the later half of the 1970's to have ripped off Jaws.)

    Seems like Rebane even sprung for some production music that was much less bothersome this time out. (Could this movie actually have been scored?) He even has a car chase and explodes a car or two.

    Somehow, this stew of idiocy all adds up to a stupidly rollicking good time if you are in the right mindset and have quaffed a few adult beverages. So, turn off your brain and enjoy.

    Avoid any of Rebane's other epics, except maybe for The Giant Spider Invasion.
  • This movie is, in all likelihood, the worst film ever made. It is certainly the worst that I've ever seen, and I have seen A LOT of bad movies.

    In this, nothing at all interesting happens throughout the movie. One could, literally, start the movie, take a short nap, and then wake up secure in the knowledge that nothing interesting has happened while you are sleeping. And I have seen this movie three times, staying awake throughout. I feel I should be congratulated.

    The movie goes as one might expect, according to a formula, with no variation. Hunters capture baby bigfoot, get killed by parent, and the nearby town goes into a bigfoot killing frenzy. This is surprisingly boring for a Troma release.

    So please do yourself a favor, and skip this movie. If you have to see it you will understand why.
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    THE CAPTURE OF BIGFOOT is another extraordinarily poor creature feature from indie director Bill Rebane, responsible for some of the worst-quality horror flicks in existence. This one's about a bunch of yokels battling a Bigfoot terrorising their local community. There are a handful of cheesy attack scenes which manage to get away with showing very little, alongside, shall we say, naturalistic performances from the down-to-earth cast members. The worst thing about this is that it's padded with random nonsense, including a disco dancing scene which is somewhat incongruous in a Bigfoot movie!
  • emo_devil_38 September 2013
    This movie is the best film ever made in BFW (the "W" stands for "Wisconsin"). Unfortunately, it is also the worst film ever made in BFW and should only be watched by those who believe that snow is entertaining.This movie takes place in BFW. That would be short for bum f**k Wisconsin, and it is the middle of winter too. The practical upshot of this is that every scene has snow in it. Yes, every one of them. Even the scenes shot inside have snow, because there is either a window or else snow melting off of someone who just came in from outside. To be honest, there is one scene without any actual snow in it, which is when the game warden is reading through the newspaper archives. Guess what is on the front page of the newspaper? Yes, a picture of snows. Good grief. Yes, you get to see Bigfoot, but you will also see a whole lot of snow.Did not like this movie at all. Lesson Learned: The phrase "Wardrobe by Kmart" should not appear in a film's credits. Did not like it at all. Boring.