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Harry and the Hendersons


Directed by: William Dear
Written by: William Dear, Bill Martin,Ezra D. Rappaport
Cast: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick, Joshua Rudoy
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Family, Comedy
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Plot: From IMDB, Returning from a hunting trip in the forest, the Henderson family's car hits an animal in the road. At first they fear it was a man, but when they examine the body they find it's a Bigfoot.


While flipping through the channels the other night I came across this gem of a movie from my childhood that I hadn't seen in years. Harry And The Hendersons. As a kid I remembered loving this movie since like many little boys I enjoyed all things Bigfoot, monster trucks included. Question is how would it hold up? The answer, surprisingly well.

This movie focuses on The Henderson's your typical American family who just so happen to run over Bigfoot on their way home from a camping trip. Naturally they bring him home only to find out that the beast isn't quite dead and that he also isn't as much a monster as everyone thinks he is so much as a gentle giant.

Naturally being so big and in such a strange place Harry, the big clumsy lummox that he is, reigns destruction down upon The Henderson's home at every turn which is always good for a couple of cheap laughs.

The special effect make-up for Harry in this movie were top notch amazing and something to truly marvel at. Once again this is proof why often times these practical effects are much better then CGI since I'm sure if this movie was remade today Harry would either be completely CGI or Andy Serkis would be hired for his motion capture work, that by the way is not a knock on Serkis, the mans work is incredible and speaks for itself. That said there is just something truly stunning about seeing make-up effects like this and with the exception of the Hellboy movies it seems as though it is all but a lost art.

After watching this movie I was reminded on how popular it was when it came out and even had a TV show based on it years later, which yes did unfortunately suck the big one.

Overall Harry And The Henderson's is a great family film that can be enjoyed at all ages and I know that personally I won't be forgetting about it again anytime soon. I give it a 7 out of 10.


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cerealkiller182 at 04:43 PM Jan 04

I had a friend ask me, "Why the hell is the best sasquatch prosthetic in a comedy and not a horror movie? Why couldn't a horror movie top Harry?" I said , "The best one is in a commercial for beef jerky."

Love this flick btw.

Rebellion_Reborn at 04:45 PM Jan 04

Nice review! It's been years since I've seen that flick.

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