Plot: Ivan Marx is an expert on nature and the wondrous beasts that inhabit the wilds, as he is a master tracker and hunter. Although he has interacted with countless animals, from hunts to filming documentaries, he has become obsessed with the rumors of the mystical Bigfoot. Marx has tracked some of the most dangerous animals around, but even he has some anxiety about trying to locate the Bigfoot, as he is unsure of what to expect if he finds the creature. But he pushes on, using what little information he has, local legends, and the clues he finds in the wild. Will Marx uncover the truth about Bigfoot and if so, will he survive to tell the tale?
Entertainment Value: This is an oddball one, a movie that is more ridiculous and fun than it should be, given that the movie is little more than nature stock footage and narration. The hunt for Bigfoot here involves a collection of nature footage, most of which is generic and uninteresting, but worked into the narrative in forceful fashion nonetheless. See these geese? They are proof Bigfoot is in the area. See this dull stretch of forest footage? More proof. You have to admire the balls of the movie’s creators, as it offers so little, but presents itself like a real nature documentary, narrated by a true master of the wild. I have to think most viewers will be bored stiff by The Legend of Bigfoot, as it is just random nature clips, narration, and a brief tacked on finale, with little to nothing that ever happens. But those who appreciate ridiculous cinema might find some value here, thanks to the manic narration.
Ivan Marx is the reason The Legend of Bigfoot is even worth a peek, as he is such a bizarre, terrible, and hilarious narrator. He sounds like a poor man’s version of A Chrismas Story’s Jean Shepherd, trying to give credible gravitas to this mess of boring footage and unrelated nature elements. But his enthusiasm is undeniable, as even the most listless of nature scenes are presented as crucial, eye opening proof of Bigfoot’s existence. His voice work is manic, over the top, and somehow sincere, it is quite an odd combination, but it is immense fun. In truth however, his narration can only do so much, so I doubt this will be on frequent repeat, even for b movie enthusiasts. Between Marx and the hilarious finale however, there is some b movie value to be had here, so fans of offbeat cinema should give it a once over.