These 15 Bigfoot Movies Will Make You a Believer

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As far as legends go, Bigfoot remains one of the most popular and commonly shared to this day. Characterised as a humanlike creature of grand physical size between 6 to 15 feet fall, an abundance of hair, and a high-pitched cry, Bigfoot is known to be both shocking and scary to those who claim to have encountered one.

The legend of Bigfoot began with stories of large, hairy, humanoid monsters called “Hairy Man” which were passed down by generations of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. One of the oldest known depictions of the Hairy Man by the Yokuts on The Painted Rock at the Tule River Reservation is estimated to have been drawn anywhere from 2000 to 700 years ago.

The giant, hairy creature, while popular in Native American folklore, did not become popularised among the general U.S. public until the late 1950s when a journalist named Andrew Genzoli wrote an article in The Humboldt Times called “Giant Footprints Puzzle Residents” in 1958. In the article, Genzoli described a phenomenon experienced by a group of construction workers as they discovered giant footprints measuring 16 inches long while doing roadwork. Readers in the region quickly became intrigued by the story and what we know as Bigfoot took hold in popular culture.

Depending on the region, Bigfoot is also commonly referred to as Sasquatch (Northwestern US and western Canada). Regardless of what you call Bigfoot, it is undeniable the impact that this mythical legend has had on how we perceive the unexplainable, and more importantly, how this translates to film and entertainment.

Since the legend of Bigfoot took off in pop culture in the later half of the 20th century, there have been countless references in movies centred around the mysterious creature. Though the number of movies on Bigfoot is limited and niche, there are plenty worth watching for either a spine-chilling scare or a touching storyline. Whether you’re hosting a party and need a spooky movie to watch or are looking for a heartwarming family-friendly movie in time for the holidays, these 15 Bigfoot movies are worth checking out!

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