Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Pete's hosts Carnation-set movie premiere of 'Bigfoot,' with Alice Cooper, TV stars | Slideshow

Carnation residents have been waiting months for this, and now, it's almost upon them. Something big is returning to this small town, something big, bad and hairy, and it's bringing Alice Cooper, too.

It's "Bigfoot," a SyFy network original movie, about the missing link's attack on an outdoor '80s rock festival in, uh, the Black Hills of South Dakota, but filmed largely in Carnation last January. The movie premiers Saturday, June 30, at 9 p.m. and Pete's Club Grill, one of the settings used in the movie, will host a viewing party for the public.

The movie is part of the "Big, Bad and Hairy" SyFy marathon of movies about the Northwest phenomenon also known as Sasquatch, but "Bigfoot" is the only one that stars Carnation.

"They used some of our streets, they used some of our businesses," said City Manager Ken Carter, about the film crew, who came to the city in January after a location scout, who'd grown up near Carnation, suggested the city for a location.

"Evidently, there were  limits on how far away from Seattle they could go, in terms of both mileage and time," Carter said. "I guess we met 90 percent of their criteria."

Carter may have lacked the enthusiasm that others in the town had about the film, but he really didn't get to see much of it, or of the stars, which included rockers Cooper and Billy Idol, Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family - Danny Partridge); Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch - Greg Brady), Howard Hesseman (WKRP in Cincinniatti - John Caravella, Dr. Fever); and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks - Audrey Horne).

The crew filmed a fight scene in Pete's Club Grill, and sent one of the lead actors, Danny Bonaduce, into ID Tattoo to film a scene of him getting inked, but the closest they came to City Hall was an exterior shot of the door, planned, but never shot.

As for the title character, he said "They didn't have a Bigfoot. What they did was they had some staff guy, carrying some 10, 12, or 15-foot pole…" for the actors to react to. "So this guy carrying this big, tall pole was Bigfoot."

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