|Back of costume from the movie: Clawed|
|Melissa Hovey's Bigfoot Photo|
Yes, this is an important news update indeed. Dave Conover did the leg work and we now have confirmation that the Clawed director/producer Karl Kozak may have very well been sucked into the "John Chambers effect". Karl's 2006 movie featured an amazing looking Bigfoot creature costume, but unfortunately it's not as good as Melissa Hovey's.
On Facebook this evening, Dave updated us on an email he received from John Healy of Healy FX, the company that created the Bigfoot suit for Clawed. According to Dave, he goes into some detail on the construction, auction history and other elements, as well as expressing his belief that the figure in Melissa's photo is not likely one of their suits:
"...Originally the movie "Clawed" was photographed as "The Unknown" ... a working title in which many movies start off as. It then became, "The Ghost of Echo Mountain" from what I understand as the first release of the film. Please correct me if my information is incorrect as you may know more about this than I. The Healy FX Studios did in fact fabricate the suit, Mike Fields was a contractor resposible for overseeing the project, and he was the primary sculptor of the body. The suit, as many are mistaken, did not get sold on Ebay. It was left with the producers in Washigton State where filming occured. Due to a contractual issue, The Healy FX Studios retained the rights for any further fabrication at future dates of the costume. Three costumes were fabricated... All were dressed with roughly the same fur, and none resembled your attached photo. In my opinion, if this was a copy of our "Clawed" sasquatch the fur may have been pulled off and replaced with a longer, multi toned synthetic that appears to be on a lace mesh. I have numerous photos from the shoot but none clearly showing the back alone of the costume..."
"A view of the CLAWED suit performer in partial costume, courtesy of John Healy of Healy FX. This illustrates the multi-part construction used on modern creature suits very nicely as all-in-one styles are rarely built or used, due to the need for realistic movement and possible component replacement if need be..." - Dave Conover