|Cuddly Creature VS. Murderous Monster|
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
Bigfoot - Cuddly Creature vs. Murderous Monster
There seems to be two lines of thought concerning bigfoot's personality. Hollywood and film makers almost always portray Bigfoot as a blood thirsty murderous monster. This has seemed to be pretty much the norm, from the 1970 film Bigfoot to more recent titles like 2009's, Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon. Even good 'ol boy John Schneider from Dukes of Hazard fame got in on the bigfoot films with Snow Beast. Images and thoughts of a giant murderous monster in the woods has fascinated and frightened almost everyone at some point in their life. In some cases the movies even portray bigfoot as a sex crazed monster.
In most cases, movies about Bigfoot going on killing rampages have not been very good. How can anyone forget the horrible made for TV Syfy movie Bigfoot, oh it had several recognizable names in it, from Alice Cooper to Danny Bonaduce. It also had a much too large, CGI bigfoot. Sometime I wonder if anyone actually made it through the whole film and how such bad scripts even get funded.
Now, before anyone gets all hot and bothered, there have been some movies that portrayed bigfoot in a much better light. Who can forget the lovable film Harry and the Hendersons starring John Lithgow or the more recent Letters from the Big Man.
Now, on the other hand, if you talk to most researchers and habituators, they tell of a shy, curious and sometimes cuddly type Bigfoot. Even those who don't really do research but just had a chance encounter or sighting, rarely tell of feeling threatened. They may tell of being shocked and frightened but rarely describe the bigfoot's behavior as being hostile.
There are some cases of bigfoot being aggressive, from the story of Albert Ostman being captured by Bigfoot to the Ape Canyon incident. In more recent times, there is a thought of Bigfoot kidnapping children and hikers, this is documented in the book Missing 411 by David Paulides.
I personally think that the personality of bigfoot is much like people, their personality and level of aggression vary from person to person or bigfoot to bigfoot. In my many years as a coon hunter, I can remember how some of the dogs we had over the years were very loving and meek, while others were aggressive or just untrainable. Could this be the same with Bigfoot? I think so.
Cuddly or Murderous? I guess it could depend on the situation, the personality of the bigfoot and how or what was going on. I wonder what would happen if some weird looking stranger came wondering into your home or yard, what would you do? Would you run out and give him a hug or would you be very caution and worry about protecting your family? What if the stranger had a gun? does that change your reaction? It would mine.
While we as researchers need to be cautious, we also need to go out with a good attitude and realize that we could be a unexpected and maybe even a unwanted visitor. It might keep us from being the next victim in the next bad Syfy Bigfoot movie.
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