Baker’s Log – A Quick Look: The Beast and the Vixens (1974)

The Beast and the VixensHere’s a particularly odd 70’s offering. THE BEAST AND THE VIXENS was apparently a skin-flick cash-in on the Bigfoot craze, though the sex and nudity practically vanish in the second half. So I’m not sure if the film is supposed to be a skin flick with a monster or a monster movie with skin. I’m unsure how to classify it. Either way, it’s a dirt-cheap exploitation movie in which some young people go to a woodland cabin and get mixed up with murderous crooks while Bigfoot is lurking about and abducting young women. None of that is anywhere near as exciting as it probably sounds, though the first few minutes are an absolute delight if you’re a fan of cheapo monster movies. Unfortunately, it goes down hill fast and never quite recovers. Idiocies abound, like showing the monster imprison young women in his goofily cheap cave and barring the entrance with little more than a tree branch (most disturbingly, the movie apparently forgets the girls are even in there and we never see them again). The most notable bit of casting is that of magazine model and porno queen Ushi Daggard (Daggart?), who really wasn’t all that pretty. Issued on VHS (and later disk) as THE BEAUTIES AND THE BEAST. Let me best describe it as it progresses. It starts off a monster movie, becomes a drama of sorts, then turns into a skin flick in earnest, then more boring drama, then threadbare crime film. Odd, dull, and goofy. Can YOU screen the whole thing in one sitting? Even I had to lean on the fast forward button, and that’s not a habit of mine!

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