The Beauties and the Beast
Arthur A. Jacobs for Raynad, Second Unit Productions
directed by Ray Nadeau
starring Jean Gibson (= Jacqueline Giroux), Uschi Digard, Marius Mazmanian, Bob Makay, Patrick Scott, David Wheeler, Susan Wescott, John Shell, Carol Evins, Sandy Carey, Sharon Kelly (= Colleen Brennan), Tami Lynn, Beverly Wallace, Paul Kalin, Charles David, Brian Jacobs, Tracy Handfuss, Philip Luther
written by Gaynor MacLaren, music by David Ankrum
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After a guy who is supposed to look like an explorer gives us a lecture
about Bigfoot and assures us the story we are about to see might be
true, we are actually treated to two unrelated stories:
In story number
one, Bigfoot kidnaps beautiful young women whom he keeps locked up in his
cave to ... well, I don't know why he does it, but he shows good taste
when it comes to choosing his victims.
Story number two has Ann (Jean
Gibson) and Mary (Uschi Digard) going to the mountains for a bit of rest
and relaxation. They stumble upon a group of hippies and get friendly with
them. This leads to quite a bit of sex. The hippies tell Ann and Mary that
they usually leave a bit of food outside their cabin and the next day it's
gone, but they always find an antique coin in its stead. One of the
hippies believes its Bigfoot who takes the food (and pays for it), but Ann
and Mary suspect it's a hermit they have stumbled upon on their hike.
next day, two criminals show up who want to get their hands on the antique
coins. While one of them holds the hippies hostage, the other forces Ann
and Mary to take them to the hermit. Holding the hippies hostage, the one
crook can't help but raping one of the hippie girls, and thus is of course
caught off-guard when the hippies counterattack and ultimately shoot him
dead. Meanwhile, Mary manages to make a daring escape, but Ann takes the
other crook to the hermit's cabin. The hermit puts up a fight, but it
seems the crook is about to defeat him ... when Bigfoot shows up, breaking
every bone in his body. The hermit and Bigfoot then disappear into the
woods before the authorities arrive.
Basically, a poorly
written and cheaply made flick that tries to combine the Bigfoot story
with softcore sex - and not successfully so from a narrative point of
view. That's not to say the film isn't fun though, exactly for its
shortcomings and for its typical 1970's approach to erotica. Sure, this is
no masterpiece of any sort, and you'll probably have forgotten it in a day
or two - but it's entertaining in a nostalgic sort of way while it lasts